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Blogtalk Downunder » 2005 » January

Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney


Venue - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Filed under: General, Venue — James @ 4:20 pm

Well, we’ve finalised an incomparable venue, you’re not going to believe this.

The organising committee have been searching central Sydney to find a venue that not only meets the needs of this type of conference, but one that is different, will stimulate creativity, dialogue and networking – a very special kind of atmosphere is required – quite a challenge – and within budgetary constraints…! Much scratching of heads has been done, many lattes have been drunk and several ‘test’ lunches have been consumed. All in the name of Blogtalk.

Well – we’ve found it!

CYCA clubhouseThe inaugural BlogTalk Downunder conference will be held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).

Probably one of Sydney’s best known summer icons the club hosts the world famous Sydney to Hobart ocean yacht race with up top 150 competitors, hundreds of spectator vessels and thousands of people crowding all vantage points along the cliffs of the Harbour to send off the competitors in typical Sydney style.

CYCA yaughtsThat could be you, cheering on fellow Blogtalk participants.

CYCA is located on Sydney Harbour in Rushcutters Bay – only 5 minutes from the CBD so a stroll or a short trip on public transport should be all that’s required.

We’ll publish more details on getting to the venue prior to the event but one things for sure, this is going to be one beaut place to be for a few balmy autumn days in Sydney.

Last day for abstracts…

Filed under: General — James @ 3:57 pm

Today is the last day for abstracts, so get ‘em in!

However, we do appreciate that for some people, writing abstracts for blogtalk comes behind stuff like their health, family and livelihoods (heaven knows why?) so if you do require a few more days or would like to sound us out over any ideas you have… now is most definitely the time.

Email Anne at: Anne.Bartlett-Bragg [at] and tell her I sent you ;o>


Final Reminder - Abstracts Due 31 Jan!

Filed under: Call for Papers — ABB @ 1:23 pm

This is it…just 4 days (including the weekend) to submit your abstracts!

The conference is gathering momentum - 3 fantastic invited speakers, the perfect venue (to be announced shortly) and a program of diverse papers and perspectives - all you need to do to be a part of this inaugural event and take the opportunity to present your research, ideas or case studies is submit your abstract - but do it by Monday night!

If you’re hesitant or unsure, or just hate deadlines - send an email and we’ll do what we can to support you!
And remember - all papers will be refereed and eligible for DEST!


Invited Speaker - Mark Bernstein

Filed under: General, Invited Speakers — James @ 4:46 pm

Yet again we are delighted to announce our third invited speaker is Mark Bernstein.

Mark Benrnstein Mark Bernstein, for more than two decades, has been president and chief scientist of Eastgate Systems, Inc., a pioneer company in the development of hypermedia and hypertext writing tools, and publishers of original hypertexts–poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Eastgate Systems, founded in 1982, was referred to in the New York Times as “the New Directions of electronic publishing,” in recognition of the high innovative and intellectual quality of the company’s products. At Eastgate, Bernstein has created and managed hypertext tools and technologies, including the Storyspace hypertext writing environment which has been widely regarded as the tool of choice for serious and literary hypertext, and Tinderbox, a unique and powerful tool for making, analyzing, and sharing notes.

His often-controversial Web writing, first in HypertextNOW and later in his weblog, ranges from new media criticism to frontiers of computer research. He is the publisher of TEKKA, a quarterly journal of new media and software aesthetics, and is currently at work on The Tinderbox Way. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he received his doctorate (in Chemistry) from Harvard University.


Help spread the word…

Filed under: General — James @ 2:11 pm

Do you work in Sydney (or NSW)?

If you could spread the call for papers and Jan 31st deadline in your institution / organisation (especially if you work in a higher / secondary academia / education) then you will surely be the recipient of much good Karma… promise!

We should do a ‘Innovative’ award for the institution with the most papers / attendees, whaddya reckon?

Here’s the link for the call for papers again:

And here’s a quickie that you could paste into an email or post on a portal:

Blogtalk Downunder - May 20-21 2005
Sydney, Australia

Call for papers:
Deadline for abstracts: ******JANUARY 31st******

“Emergent conversations”

[All papers accepted will be blind refereed by 3 people and eligible for DEST]

Invited Speaker - Rebecca Blood

Filed under: General, Invited Speakers — James @ 10:48 am

We’re delighted to announce that our second invited speaker will be Rebecca Blood.

Rebecca Blood is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on weblogs. Her book, The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog, called “the Strunk & White of blogging books”, was chosen by Amazon as one of the 10 best books on digital culture for 2002. It has been translated into 4 languages. Her work has been used in university courses around the world. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Fast Company, the BBC, and on National Public Radio; she was recently profiled by Time magazine. In 2003 she presented a keynote address in Vienna at Blogtalk, the world’s first weblog conference. She has maintained her own weblog, Rebecca’s Pocket, since April 1999. She lives in San Francisco.

Besides her book, Ms. Blood has written a number of critically important essays on the theory and practice of weblogs. She has been invited to write for the prestigious academic journals the Nieman Reports and Communications of the ACM. Ms. Blood serves on the Steering Committee for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. She appeared at the 2003 PlaNetworks, a conference on sustainability, and organized a panel on Wikis at South by Southwest in 2004. In 2003, the UK’s Web User named Ms. Blood one of the Web’s “Hot Faces” (right between Beck and Bowie), and Sweden’s Internet World ranked her as one of the world’s Top Ten Bloggers. She was once Goth Babe of the Week.



Filed under: General — James @ 9:01 am

*** Reminder ***

Are you planning on submitting an abstract to BlogTalk Downunder?

The Call for Papers closes Monday, 31st January, 2005.
That’s just 2 weeks away!!

As most Australians are now heading back to work after the break - and with schools and universities still on holidays - what better time to prepare your abstracts?!!!

We are developing an exciting program, so make sure you have subscribed to the RSS feed or email notification of changes - new information is being constantly added to the site!!!

Any questions?
Just email Anne.Bartlett-Bragg [at]


Invited Speaker - Thomas N. Burg

Filed under: General, Invited Speakers — James @ 12:22 pm

We’re delighted to announce that our first invited speaker is Thomas N. Burg, the founder of Blogtalk and a leading authority on webpublishing and social software.

Thomas N. Burg has engaged with the internet and the World Wide Web since 1994. The emergence of the first web-browser turned him from a medical historian and German philologist into an information architect. Since 1997 he has headed the Center for New Media at the Danube University Krems. As the managing director he is responsible for the entire teaching, consulting and research agendas. The specific interest of the Center for New Media is the provision of post-graduate programs in the field of New Media. Thomas N. Burg’s main field of research is Social Software and advanced Webpublishing especially in the context of individual-centered knowledge-management.

He is the inventor of BlogTalk the first international conference on Weblogs and a consultant for the building of virtual organisations in corporate or learning contexts. Only recently he founded the Social Software Lab (an international initiative in the field of social computing).

His weblog is .:| randgaenge |:. and he has edited the first academic-pragmatical book on weblogs (the new edition coming out in February 2005).


Welcome to Blogtalk Downunder

Filed under: General — James @ 11:57 pm

Welcome to Blogtalk Downunder and the Blogtalk Downunder weblog!

This is where all information, news, papers and podcasts will be posted prior to and after the conference so the first thing to do would be to grab a hold of our RSS feed which you can find here.

(If you’re new to this RSS thing, basically subscribe to the feed using an aggregator like Bloglines)

First up we’d like to thank the University of Technology Sydney and especially the Centre for Language and Literacy for hosting and supporting this event.

The conference will run on the Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of May 2005, there will be workshops on Thursday 19th May preceding the conference and a uniquely Sydney-based ‘blogwalk’ on Sunday 22nd. You can find all details on the right bar and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to do so by either dropping us a comment or emailing Anne.Bartlett-Bragg [at]



Filed under: Contact — James @ 12:36 pm

The conference will be hosted by the UTS Centre for Language and Literacy:

Centre for Language & Literacy
PO Box 123 Broadway
Sydney 2007

Director CLL: Liam Morgan +61 2 9514 3871 Liam.Morgan [at]
Administration & Support: Nicole Stanton +61 2 9514 3853 Nicole.Stanton [at]

The organising committee:

Anne Bartlett-Bragg: +61 2 9514 3828 Anne.Bartlett-Bragg [at]

James Farmer: james [at]

Adrian Miles: adrian.miles [at]

Grant Matthews: Grant.Matthews [at]

Liam Morgan: Liam.Morgan [at]


Filed under: Sponsors — James @ 12:36 pm

We are very grateful for the support of our most excellent sponsors:

ATP Innovations




Blogsavvy - your professional blogging consultant

Qantas College


Filed under: Travel — James @ 12:30 pm

I’m currently exploring some sponsorship possibilities with the main airlines that service Sydney.

If you’re coming from Europe - definitely watch this space - I think we will be able to offer you some really competitive prices.

If you’re flying from interstate - start thinking about booking your flights, those seat sales that are currently being advertised are really cheap!!!

If you’re coming from Asia or USA - I’m working on those options too!


Filed under: Program — James @ 12:29 pm

The final and complete program is now available as a Word Document (and probably better viewed and printed that way!)






Up close & Personal
with weblogs
- James Farmer

9.00 – 9.15
Shirley Alexander

9.15 – 9.55
Thomas Burg

9.55 – 10.15
Robert Ackland

10.15 – 10.35
Mathieu O’Neil

9.30 - 10.10
Mark Bernstein

10.10 – 10.30
Zenon Chaczko

10.30 – 10.50
Ian MacColl

10.50 – 11.00
Q & A

10.35 - 11.00

11.00 - 11.30

11.00 – 11.30
Gerard Goggin

11.30 – 11.45
Jenny Weight

11.45 – 12.00
Q & A

1200 – 1230
Trevor Cook

11.30 – 11.5
Tan Yuh-Huann

11.50 – 12.05
Ben Hoh

12.05 – 12.15
Q & A

12.15 – 12.30
Gavin Sade

12.30 - 12.50
Carol Cooper

12.50 - 13.00
Q & A

12.30 – 13.30

13.00 –  13.45


13.30 – 14.10
Rebecca Blood

14.10 – 14.30
James Farmer

14.30 - 15.10
Kevin Leversee (panel)

13.45– 14.05
Adrian Miles

14.05– 14.35
Chris Chesher

14.35 - 14.55
Angela Thomas

14.55– 15.15
Katie Cavanagh

15.15– 15.25
Q & A

- 4:30

and Podcasting: Rich Media into your Blog
- Adrian Miles


15.10 – 15.40

15.25– 15.40
Break (no tea available… sorry!)

15.40 – 16.10
Andrew Bartlett

16.10 – 16.30
Glen Fuller

16.30 – 16.50
Marcus O’Donnell

16.50 – 17.05
Q & A

17.05 – 17.15
Day 1 Closing Remarks

15.40 – 16.00
Sebastian Fiedler

16.00– 16.45
Closing Panel

Informal / casual drinks at the Royal Hotel, 5 Ways, Paddington Closing Event & Conference Dinner

Call for Papers

Filed under: Call for Papers — James @ 12:22 pm

This is an official call for papers that address any of the conference themes. However, potential contributors should not feel restricted to these.

Download the BlogTalk Downunder 1.0 call for papers in PDF format

Papers are welcomed from academics or practitioners across all levels and disciplines. Early career researchers and students are also encouraged to submit abstracts for papers.

Suggested conference themes:

* Weblogs in education
* Weblogs in language & literacy
* Weblog application tools / software
* Weblogs in organisations
* Weblogs as a medium: genres, styles, aesthetics, discourse etc
* Weblogs in social studies
* Weblogs in journalism
* Weblogs in cultural studies
* Weblogs in political arenas
* Weblogs & technologies – RSS, graph theory, network mapping
* Weblogs and knowledge management
* Emergent trends – including moblogging, audio-blogging, vlogs, wikis etc.
* Future issues

Abstracts of no more than 500 words are required in Word format – emailed to: Anne.Bartlett-Bragg [at]

Please include:

* Your name
* Position
* Institution or Organisation
* email contact
* URL (if relevant)

Acknowledgement will be sent via email within 48 hours of receipt.
Key Dates:

Submission of abstracts: 31 January, 2005

Paper acceptance: 28 February, 2005

Final versions of papers: 31 March, 2005
Final Papers:

Final papers are due by 31 March, 2005. A maximum of 3,000 words. Paper presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion.

All papers accepted will be blind refereed by 3 people and eligible for DEST.
Workshop Sessions:

Submissions to conduct a half-day (3 hour) workshop are also welcomed.

A detailed outline, including objectives and topics to be covered, will be reviewed by the organising committee.

Participant attendance will be at additional cost to conference registration. Costs of the workshop and fees will be negotiated with presenters.


Filed under: About — James @ 12:17 pm

Based upon and aligned to the BlogTalk European concept (2003, 2004), BlogTalk Downunder aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and bloggers to develop a platform for discussion on the use of weblogs both as a social and technical phenomena. The associated implications will be expected to both inform and enhance research and practice in this multi-disciplinary forum.


* To establish an international alternative destination to European & North American conferences on blogging
* To provide an opportunity for Australasian bloggers to share research and practice
* To develop a forum that enhances research and practice in the use of weblogs

A little about Sydney…

“There’s no place in the world like Sydney” - well, that’s what Tourism New South Wales logo is - and I’m not going to argue!

If you want some tourist information about Sydney and the regional areas I recommend the Tourism NSW site

The weather in May - maximum average temperature 19C, minimum 11C .

May is a glorious autumn month, clear sunny skies (most of the time), very little humidity but getting a little crisp in the evenings as we head into winter!

If you are in areas around the harbour or coastlines the wind off the water makes it a little cooler - always have a light jacket at this time of the year!

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