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Blogtalk Downunder » General

Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney

20/5/2005

WiFi working

Filed under: General — mspecht @ 3:10 pm

I have finally got the WiFi working!

So far a fantastic conference with amazing content, so much I am having trouble working out want to blog about.

technologyLog testdrive

Filed under: General — Thomas N. Burg @ 1:10 pm

In case you are interested please leave your data here technologyLog testdrive. As soon as the site is available you’ll get access to it.

Blogtalk Downunder is now Collaborative

Filed under: General — testuser @ 11:21 am

Here’s the big news, this Blog is now collaborative!

That’s right, go here and register, you’ll be emailed a password and then you can start posting to the conference blog!

Anything you want… reflections, questions, links to your commentary, interesting stories about projectors and so on and so forth. Go for your lives!

Thomas Burg’s Podcast & Presentation

Filed under: General — James @ 11:15 am

Here’s a podcast Thomas has put together for his presentation.

You can also access his presentation, ‘technologyLog‘ here.

Thomas Burg’s Weblog

Filed under: General — James @ 11:13 am

Here you go.

19/5/2005

Blogtalk Downunder Photos

Filed under: General — James @ 6:39 pm

Well, that’s the workshops done with, hope you enjoyed them :o)

If you come to the blog and scroll down a bit on the right you can check out the photos… see you tomorrow!

Day 1! Workshops!

Filed under: General — James @ 10:20 am

Well, here we are and here we are!

Day 1 has begun and it’s 9:19 in the labs in UTS in this rather funky building.

I’ve created a page to use for the workshops with lotsa good links, you can access it either through the workshops link or direct from here.

18/5/2005

FA Cup Final

Filed under: General — James @ 1:36 pm

OK, this is a total abuse of the fact that I’m managing this blog… but please forgive me as it’s important :o)

Ironically, for someone managing the Blogtalk Downunder blog, I’m not actually from Downunder… in fact I’m from Birmingham in the UK (alroight) and, as with most UK males, have a bit of an obsession with the beautiful game.

Now, it kicks of at midnight on the Saturday… and I don’t know where to go to watch it or have anybody to come with me. Anyone fancy it?

How to get to the conference!

Filed under: General, Venue — James @ 1:32 pm

I think all of non-Sydney-ites will welcome the following advice from Anne on getting to the conference!

“How to get to CYCA!

The Club is conveniently close to the city (less than 10 minutes by taxi in non-peak times), airport (less than 25 minutes by taxi) and public transport facilities including buses and trains.

Edgecliff is the closest train station, less than 10 minutes walk from the Club, and services on the eastern suburbs lines run frequently.

New Beach Rd has a scheduled bus route #327 originating in the city and ending in Bondi Junction. See this map (.pdf)

Water taxi pick-up and drop off on the marina is available - if you feel like spoiling yourself!

There is no scheduled ferry service into Rushcutters Bay.

Parking - there isn’t any! All parking is limited to 1 - 2 hours, unless you park somewhere in Paddington (other side of New South Head Rd) and walk down. Suggest you leave the car at home!

If you’re staying at the Vibe Hotel - just walk across the park!”

17/5/2005

The best things come to those who wait…

Filed under: General — James @ 12:30 pm

Although sometimes they have to wait quite a while :o)

Seriously, though here is an absolute corker of a paper from Gerard Goggin that’s going to knock your socks off. Twice.

“Have Fun and Change the World”: Moblogging, Mobile Phone Culture and the Internet

Gerard Goggin

Abstract:

In only a few years moblogging — or the use of mobile (cell) phones with weblogs — has become a richly creative set of practices. It also carries with it a series of meanings and visions, ranging from new possibilities for representing and participating in microspheres of everyday life through to large, utopian claims. In this paper, I discuss moblogging as a significant and emergent trend, not only within blogging itself, but as a harbinger of the convergence between mobile devices and the Internet.

Firstly, I review the history of moblogging, how it has developed, and what it has come to signify. Secondly, I look at an important Australian moment in the reception of moblogging, namely the Cab Blog. Thirdly, I consider Nokia’s creative seizing of moblogging with their LifeBlog product. In conclusion, I consider the implications of moblogging so far for what has been called the mobile Internet. [Read the complete paper]

Blogwalk - Sunday 22nd

Filed under: General — James @ 11:37 am

We’re delighted to confirm that Sebastian Fiedler of Seblogging is coming to town for Blogtalk Downunder and even more delighted that he’s offered to host a ‘Blogwalk’ (or possibly ‘blogfloat’!) around Sydney for the Sunday following the conference from 11am - 3pm (or later) - This will be Seb’s eighth Blogwalk… and it’s wonderful to be in such experienced hands!

The idea behind this is that a group of people can get together, walk, share ideas around a particular theme, have some good food and drink and enjoy each others company in an ‘independent’ and ‘unofficial’ environment (i.e. post-conference). No cost apart from whatever you choose to have for lunch :o)

The theme for this blogwalk is: “The impact of blogs and RSS/Atom on ‘what we do’ and ‘what we will be doing’”

We’re keen that all attendees are up for actively participating in discussion (i.e. no lurkers!) and are comfortable both with that and the occasional post-it or bit of group work (we’re casual but not that casual ;o)

Experience has pretty clearly demonstrated, also, that these things are best left to a small number of people (on Seb’s advice we’ve set a maximum of 25!) so if you’d like to come along and you’re happy to contribute please email me asap!!!

Are you coming to Blogtalk? Do you have a blog (or website)? Would you like a link from our homepage? Thought so…

Filed under: General — James @ 10:43 am

OK, final call… if you’re coming to Blogtalk and have registered then we’d love to put a link up to you in the ‘Who’s coming’ section of this site (scroll down and on the right).

To get this all you have to do is email me and I’ll put it there. Simple eh!

16/5/2005

Cubic Consulting

Filed under: General — James @ 1:45 pm

We may not have great big whopping sponsors but the one’s we do have are the best, no doubt. Organisations that are prepared to support an open, non-profit & valuable project, to take a punt on a ‘first run’ and to get involved in the blogging conversation.

In that light can I introduce cubic consulting!

cubic

From the people themselves:

“Cubic Consulting helps companies navigate business and technology driven change. Our focus is to ensure business continuity and return on investment are achieved through targeted change, communication, learning and performance acceleration programs. We combine our in-depth knowledge of change management, technical solutions and superior instructional design with formidable business systems experience, to provide practical effective change and learning outcomes. We have a reputation for quality and professionalism and we are passionate about ensuring our Customers achieve tangible positive results.”

Good stuff, thanks for coming on board guys, we loves you lots!

Official conference photographer!

Filed under: General — James @ 11:50 am

We’re delighted to announce that our official conference photographer will be Daniel Boud

Daniel Boud (weblog Boudist) was a finalist in the 2005 Bloggies and works at UTS in the Institute for Interactive Media & Learning.

Daniel has agreed to capture the conference in digital moments - providing both conference participants and those unable to attend with some memories!

Have a look at Daniel’s coverage of the South by South West Interactive 2005 conference.

Having said all that you’re welcome to snap happy yerselves… perhaps we could have a competition ;o>

Adrian Miles. Media Rich versus Rich Media (or why video in a blog is not the same as a video blog)

Filed under: General — James @ 11:18 am

But, naturally, we still have a few delicacies left to offer you… none more so perhaps than this hypertextual offering by Adrian Miles:

Media Rich versus Rich Media (or why video in a blog is not the same as a video blog)

Adrian Miles teaches the theory and practice of hypermedia and interactive video at RMIT University, Australia. He has also been a senior new media researcher in the InterMedia Lab at the University of Bergen, Norway. His academic research on hypertext and networked interactive video has been widely published and his applied digital projects have been exhibited internationally. Adrian’s research interests include hypertext and hypermedia, digital poetics, and the development of appropriate pedagogies to allow for the creation of new media knowledge objects.

This essay has been written as a hypertext (originally in Eastgate System’s Tinderbox). Such hypertext writing environments encourage a particular writing practice, one that is branching, associative, rhizomatic and intensive. (In some ways a bit like blogging.)

As a consequence this essay ranges broadly across quite a field, including new media, blogs, hypertext and design. It does this not as a consequence of any great speciality in any of these disciplines, but because hypertext affords this ability which is an alternative academic practice to existing forms. It is the production of knowledge that is the connection of parts into more complex wholes, where these connections express or effect qualitative changes amongst the parts (Miles, 1999, 2001).

I recognise that this causes many anxieties for academic and casual readers, where a culture of exhaustive (that is complete) reading is the norm. For such readers a parsed down, single version of this work is available. It’s structure is, approximately, order in which written. The links within this version are identical to the links in the hypertextual version, so following them could well return you to a section you have already read, but now existing as an individual node rather than a subsection of a longer piece. This also accounts for the repetition that appears in the longer work, individual nodes are written to be more or less discrete (much like blog posts) and their collection into a single longer piece introduces some redundancies.

YMMV.

[Experience the entire paper]

15/5/2005

Almost got all the papers up!

Filed under: General — James @ 11:02 pm

I think that that’s almost all now, apologies to people for these not being posted individually (and for the ‘whole paper’ option being a .doc / .pdf one (just ran outta time and have realised the limitations of my desktop publishing skills!)

Here are 6 more that’ll blow ya away!

Lisa Wise - Blogs versus discussion forums in postgraduate online continuing medical education

Mathieu O’Neil - Weblogs and Authority

Jenny Weight - “Faster, neater, sharper!”: how different models of communication intersect

Angela Thomas - Fictional Blogging and the Narrative Identities of Adolescent Girls

Marcus O’Donnell - Blogging as pedagogic practice: artefact and ecology

Ben Hoh - What’s in the Box? Modulating vocabularies of trauma and mundanity in refugee blogs

Katie Cavanagh - Comments in the Margins – Life Narrative, Publishing, Credibility, and Blogs

Final and complete program!

Filed under: General — James @ 8:27 pm

Thanks to some amazing work by Anne the final and complete program is now available.

Now for those final papers…

13/5/2005

A paper for Friday: Macoll, Morrison, Muhlberger, Simpson & Viller: Reflections on reflection: Blogging in undergraduate design studios

Filed under: General — James @ 4:17 pm

This has to be one of my favourite papers.

Not because it’s excellently written (although it is), not because of the subject matter (although that’s right up my alley too) and not because of the (extremely high) standard of material… but because they submitted it in html so editing was a breeze :D

[Note to self: next time ask everyone to submit in html, better, give them bloody accounts and let them put it up themselves!]

Macoll, Morrison, Muhlberger, Simpson & Viller: Reflections on reflection: Blogging in undergraduate design studios

Introduction:

In this paper we describe our experiences introducing weblogs as an online reflective design journal. We are working within an IT school, offering two design-based studio-focused degrees, one spanning interaction design and software development, and the other emphasising multimedia design and media production. The degrees differ from most others on the same campus by emphasising face-to-face interaction rather than online learning.

We introduced weblogs to most of our studio courses in 2004. Our students submit a portfolio of their work created in each studio, and we have previously also required submission of a written design journal, reflecting on the work. We decided to introduce blogs instead of the journals, aiming to encourage timely reflection on both process and product, as the work was being done, rather than just before the submission deadline.

Overall we view the introduction of weblogs into our studio courses as successful and we have continued using them in the subsequent academic year. Many students, particularly those in their final year, embraced the concept, heavily customising their blogs and requesting more advanced functionality. The students’ progress and process was made explicit by our request that they reflect each week on their planned tasks for the week, what they had achieved, and what they were planning for the coming week. Also, the blogs provided an alternative voice for some students in the ongoing studio process, which had previously relied on vocal participation in class.

Some of the problems we encountered related to scale, sophistication and effort. Centrally managing 400 blogs was difficult with the blogging tool we used (Movable Type), so we are changing to a different tool this year. We are also exploring more advanced capabilities, such as aggregation of individual blogs into team blogs, or using categories as a mechanism for distinguishing different threads of work. Finally, we have a clearer idea of the substantial staffing implications associated with providing regular feedback on large numbers of student blogs, although these are comparable with weekly review of paper-based journals.

There are a number of other issues we are yet to explore. We did not “eat our own cooking” by blogging ourselves, and some of us are interested in opening up our own reflective practice through blogging. Somewhat related, there is a need for finer-grained distinctions between public and private access to reflective material. Paper journals are typically intensely personal, viewed only by the author and, in an educational context, a small number of assessors. Blogs, in contrast, are fully exposed to public view (except, of course, for draft postings, which are only visible to the author). We believe there is scope for a variety of shades of visibility of online reflective journals, and we plan to explore this issue during the coming year.

In the next section we provide background on the Information Environments Program, including our studio-based teaching model, as the context for our introduction of weblogs. We then describe how we introduced weblogs into studio courses, and then we discuss what we see as the successes and problems. We conclude by discussing related and future work. [read the whole paper]

What’s right and what’s wrong with blogging…

Filed under: General — James @ 3:45 pm

In a shift from the usual fare I think that a couple of excellent conversations at the conference next week could be had around Darren Rowse’s excellent what’s wrong with blogging and what’s right with blogging postings over the last week.

Go have a read and add a few if you’ve got time!

12/5/2005

Marcus O’Donnell - Blogging as pedagogic practice: artefact and ecology

Filed under: General — James @ 10:54 pm

Todays (just) paper is Marcus O’Donnell - Blogging as pedagogic practice: artefact and ecology. Good stuff… here’s the abstract:

Much of the published discussion and research on blogs and teaching and learning in higher education focuses on evaluation of blogging as a communicative technique. This type of discussion largely assumes that successful integration of blogging into course delivery should be judged against a pre-existing and unchallenged pedagogical model. This paper argues that to leverage its full educational potential blogging must be understood not just as an isolated phenomena, but as part of a broad palette of “cybercultural” practices which provide us with both new ways of doing and new ways of thinking. The paper looks at the ways broader theoretical models associated with the development of the blogsphere might challenge or enhance current theories of teaching and learning.

Spatial metaphors inherent in network models of blogging will be contrasted with the surface/depth model of student learning. The paper will argue that blogs should not be seen merely as a technological tool for teaching and learning but as a situated practice that must be brought into appropriate alignment with particular pedagogical and disciplinary practices. A model of blogging as a networked approach to learning suggests that blogging might achieve best results across the curriculum not through isolated use in individual units. [Read the complete paper - .doc]

11/5/2005

Portfolio Building in Chinese Language Learning Using Blogs

Filed under: General — James @ 9:58 pm

Almost forgot… but something told me that before signing off for today I had to do something… and heck, this gets in the way of me doing that perfectly well :o)

Here’s today paper: Portfolio Building in Chinese Language Learning Using Blogs by TAN Yuh-Huann, TEO Eng-Hui, AW Wai-Lin Alice & LIM Wei-Ying, hope you enjoy it!

From the introduction:

“a project requiring students to build their reading portfolios online using blogs was conceptualised. Harnessing the potential of blogs, this project aims to encourage our students to read, to share and comment through their reflections and in the process take charge of their own learning.” [read the whole paper]

10/5/2005

Carol Cooper & Lyn Boddington: Assessment by blog: Ethical case studies assessment for an undergraduate business management class

Filed under: General — James @ 12:52 pm

Today’s paper is Assessment by blog: Ethical case studies assessment for an undergraduate business management class by Carol Cooper & Lyn Boddington.

This is one heck of an encouraging experiment with using blogs in teaching and learning… one to send your boss in a ‘look, weblogs do work, let’s try them’ kind of way. Great stuff, here’s the abstract:

Early in 2004 we were inspired by a presentation by Tom Smith (http://dev11.otherworks.com/theotherblog/) on the educational uses of blogs. We decided to research the use of blogs with a 200-level undergraduate business management class in semester two 2004.

The assignment “Ethical case studies using blog websites” was one of five internal assignment choices, of which students chose three. Students who opted to this assignment (n=82) could volunteer to also be involved in this research, which meant that as well as doing the assignment they would fill in a questionnaire about their experiences of the assignment (n=79).

No students in the class had used blogs before and they were prepared for the assignment by means of video, class demonstration and practical labs. A class blog was set up so students could practice blogging, and backup support from the teaching team was made available.

For the assignment students were allocated to a blog group (n = 7 to 10 for each group). Each of the six research blog sites contained links to the same 23 business ethical case studies. Lecture material and a reading list provided content support for the assignment. Students were expected to choose one of the case studies provided and post a critique of it onto the group blog (worth 60% of their mark). They then had to post comments on the critique of two peers (worth 20% of their mark for each comment). A marking guide was provided in advance so students could see how the assignment was going to be evaluated.

The mean grade for the assignment was the lowest of the five assignment options (53.83%, compared to the next lowest of 55.1%). This appeared to be a result of students not making full use of the supporting material (i.e., assignment instructions, lecture material and readings).

Analysis of the feedback questionnaire after the assignment had been completed showed that the majority of the students were positive about the assignment (mean for the nine questions was 4.53 on a seven-point Likert type scale). Positive comments by the students referred to enjoyment, communication, and gaining knowledge. In contrast negative comments made reference to the difficulties they found in using blogs, that the assignment was challenging, and that they were unclear about what was required. The majority however (89%), felt that the blog assignment should be repeated for next year’s students.

Over all we regard this research as successful. The majority of students did feel the assignment should be offered next year. However it has highlighted the need to ensure students have clearer instructions and that they are fully aware that their postings need to be more formal than is usually the case in this medium. [Read the full paper]

One day-rate

Filed under: General — James @ 11:55 am

It’s a pretty big challenge to accommodate people who only want to / are able to come for one of the days but we’re doing our best.

If you are only able to come to one day or would like to see if we can negotiate a one-day fee please email Anne Bartlett-Bragg and we’ll see what we can arrange.

A little bit about the set-up of Blogtalk Downunder

Filed under: General — James @ 11:25 am

Quite a few people have noted that Blogtalk Downunder isn’t free… or particularly close to being free. In fact, at $175 it’s quite an outlay for many people who blog but don’t have organisations willing to fund them.

We totally appreciate peoples concern and would very very much like to be able to offer the conference for less (or even for free) but unfortunately that’s impossible… and here’s exactly why:

We’re not an exhibition

There are no vendors stalls, you can’t buy anything and we’re not selling anything. ‘Exhibitions’ are essentially large marketplaces with some public interest events… the stalls pay thousands and thousands of $s to be there and that’s why they’re $10 at the door to get in.

We’re flying in some of the cream of the blogging world

Our invited speakers really are a selection of the most highly respected and knowledgeable individuals in the world when it comes to blogs. They come from round the world and we have to fly ‘em, put ‘em up and support their attendance. I’m happy they’re coming!

Location, food & drinks

Your conference fee gets you morning and afternoon tea and lunch on both days at one of Sydney’s premium venues. How much would that cost you without the conference?

Now, considering that you’ve probably got to add the work of the organising committee (entirely unpaid), this site and all the work that’s gone into it (also unpaid), editing and processing all the papers (guess what, unpaid) and the time that’s gone into marketing, publicising and getting the conference going in the first place (allllll unpaid).

And despite all of this, I believe (through experience) that we are offering the most affordable (non ‘exhibition’ / ‘vendor’) conference fee that you’ll find in the whole of Australia (and NZ / Europe / N America too). Seriously! I have NEVER been to a professional 2 day conference with all of the above for less than AU$300… Blogtalk Downunder is AU$175.

In fact, I’m so sure about this that I’ll buy each person who can disprove me a beer at the conference.

So please understand, we do appreciate that $175 is a pretty big ask for a student or someone on a low income… but besides from holding it in a barn, inviting no-one from overseas, sending you to the milk bar for food and whacking up a one-page brochureware site at geocities… there’s not a lot we can do!

Register now & pay later… (and get your blog up and linked to from the Blogtalk site)

Filed under: General — James @ 11:03 am

We feel a little like Harvey Norman but coming to you now in a once-in-a-lifetime-special-deal you can now register for Blogtalk and pay on the door!

That’s right… so now you’ve got no excuses whatsoever not to run over to the registration form, fill in your details, email or fax it in and hand over your dosh to the gatekeepers.

And to make it even more tempting, if you have a blog / company and HAVE registered then I’ll put your name and a link to you in an all new front page section called ‘Who’s coming?’… free links!!!

Just register, email me your details & I’ll whack them up!

9/5/2005

Blogtalk Supporter: Learning Technologies User Group

Filed under: General — James @ 1:30 pm

LTUGWe’re very thankful for the support of the Learning Technologies User Group (LTUG) who are helping make Blogtalk happen!

LTUG is a forum to share expertise, experience and ideas and to remain informed about developments in learning technologies and their applications. It is committed to support the research and development of technologies and application to practice and are proud to sponsor the Blogtalk Downunder conference.

LTUG’s aims are to:

· Promote good practice in the use of learning technologies.
· Provide a platform for members to share expertise, experience and ideas.
· Provide professional development opportunities.
· Keep members informed of latest learning technology trends & applications.
· Encourage & support research into the effective use of learning technologies.

Become a member and grow your knowledge & expertise

LTUG membership provides a range of activities that are free or at discounted rates::

· Monthly eZine
· Blog
· Webinars/Teleclasses
· Online discussion forums
· Workshops at discounted rates
· Product launches
· Best Practice awards
· Annual conference at discounted rates

Who are our members?

Membership is open to any person with an interest in the use of learning technologies. Members are from the following sectors:

· Universities
· TAFE Colleges
· Schools
· Private Training Organisations
· Training/HR staff of large organisations - private and government
· Students

Gavin Sade: Weblogs as Open Constructive Learning Environments

Filed under: General — James @ 1:00 pm

Our latest paper is Gavin Sade’s Gavin Sade: Weblogs as Open Constructive Learning Environments.

I’ve put this up as a word document which, while I’m not entirely satisfied with, is really the only option if people use footnote… I’m just not that great a desktop publisher!

This is worth the download though:

Weblogs as Open Constructive Learning Environments

Abstract

This paper presents the authors experience using weblogs in a final year Communication Design class entitled Contemporary Issues in Design and Technology, at the Queensland University of Technology in the Faculty of Creative Industries. Students in this class actively contributed to a weblog for the duration of the semester, with this activity being integrated into both formative and summative assessment. The experience provided a range of insights into the weblog phenomenon.

This paper will explains the purpose of the class, and why the weblog was selected as a suitable online environment for student activity. The experience resulted in a number of observations that have lead to the development of current approaches to using weblogs in learning and teaching. Finally the paper suggests that the focus on providing centralized web services to support activities like blogging, may not be ideal for the purposes of creating authentic learning experiences. It advocates that such learning experiences are best achieved within a ‘healthy’ Information Ecology (Nardi and O’Day), or learning blogosphere (Gibson), grounded in a constructivist pedagogy, and where there is recognition that information systems are not value neutral. [read the full paper]

5/5/2005

Centred Communication: Weblogs and aggregation in the organisation

Filed under: General — James @ 8:26 pm

Oh what the heck, three is lucky isn’t it, here’s the third paper for today:

Centred Communication: Weblogs and aggregation in the organisation - James Farmer

Abstract:

Over the last decade business, educational and community organisations have attempted to enhance their operations through utilizing the web. A significant amount of this effort has been directed towards the development and management of internal communities, employee knowledge and organisational information. To this end, complex and powerful tools have been sourced, developed and implemented to create intranets, learning management systems, community sites, portals and virtual team spaces.

However, while many organisational communication processes have been revolutionised by direct interpersonal communication through email and Instant Messaging (IM), only limited successes have been achieved through the use of these web-based environments. It is argued that this has occurred as a result of the limitations in design of tools brought about by a tendency to embrace tree-like and centralised principles and their associated technological solutions.

In light of these arguments, this paper outlines an alternative, centred (as opposed to centralised) approach to online communication. In doing this, an organisational online communication model based around the use of weblogs and aggregation is presented and discussed in relation to its application in a large, distributed and complex setting. Key to this model are the assumptions that ownership, control, independence, choice and design for subversive use are critical in establishing conducive, motivating, authentic and effective online communication and knowledge environments.

Glen Fuller: The Evental Potential of Blogs

Filed under: General — James @ 7:36 pm

Am burning the midnight oil and the candle at both ends to bring you your SECOND full paper of the day… this one’s from Glen Fuller:

Glen Fuller: The Eventual Potential of Blogs

Abstract:

Something of a blogging ‘noob,’ blogs really only came to my attention during the recent 2004 US Presidential Election. The various roles of blogs and bloggers in the election was one of the positive things to come out of this otherwise dire historical episode. What seems to be confused is the impact (if any) of blogs and bloggers on the election.

In the specific case of the US Presidential Election, this paper shall argue that the impact of blogs and bloggers on the outcome of the election is only indirect. Blogs allow for immediate, that is, ‘real-time’ social commentary across networks of distributed competencies and this impacted on the production of the television news-based ‘media-event’ of the election. It is possible to witness that blogs, and other forms of New Media in general, have demonstrated they can play a specific role in the modulation of Old Media’s production of a ‘media-event’.

This paper has two goals. The first argument shall attempt to locate the role of blogs in relation to the emergence of the media-event of the recent 2004 US Presidential Election. It shall be argued that blogging practice interupts the temporal series of news-media production by Old Media and that it also creates a short-circuit in the feed-back loop between the producers and consumers of the media-event. The second argument is more speculative and stems from the first but places the role of blogging in a much larger and banal context. I use the ‘diagram’ of blogging practice in relation to the 2004 US Presidential Election media-eve

ATP Innovations

Filed under: General — James @ 4:40 pm

We’re delighted to have ATP Innovations as a sponsor! Thanks for helping us make this happen guys :o)

A bit about a most appropriate partner:

Owned by four of Australia’s top universities, ATP Innovations is a vibrant, world-class technology commercialisation hub that supports emerging businesses in the biotechnology, ICT and electronics sectors.

ATP Innovations supports one of Australia’s largest clusters of emerging technology businesses. Their programs focus on value-added services to accelerate business growth, and whilst many clients are located at the Australian Technology Park (ATP), their virtual program supports
businesses regardless of location.

ATP Innovations facilitates business commercialisation through the following programs and services:

- bizStart maximises the business opportunity for a promising technology or business concept through the development and validation of a realistic business plan.

- bizConnect provides continued non executive support to accelerate business development; ATP Innovations acts as a service provider, mentor and advocate for its clients.

- bizNetClub allows those interested in technology commercialisation to participate in a vibrant community. Through its seminars and Intranet, it facilitates strategic thinking, linkages, deal-making and professional skills development.

- bizCapital allows ATP Innovations to “seed” qualifying businesses with investment and helps to close the early stage funding gap.

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