Monday, August 20, 2007

Here's an item from the Institute for the Future of the Book on SciVee, originally posted at slashdot.

SciVee site

Anyone who has watched Web 2.0...The Machine is Us/ing Us knows how effective a web video version of an academic paper can be.

One of the frustrations of a typical conference is having to choose between two equally interesting sessions because the times conflict. Sure, you can ask for a copy to read later, but you miss the presentation. This medium could reduce that frustration and help people who missed the conference presentation to read the paper and have a sense of the presenter's style. If it were artfully done it might become a preferred mode of presentation.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

In order to limit paper prints to save trees, I recommend these services: The Public Knowledge Project supports documentation and implementation of

1 Open Journal Services: OJS is a software bundle to publish monthly, quarterly or yearly journals on behalf of interest. The GNU Licence allows to alter configuration and to distribute scientific work widely.

2 Open Conference Services: OCS is a kind of conference server implementation including lots of tools to deploy and manage papers and articles.

PKP Software & Services:

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sustainable Event Planning

Here are a couple of sites on 'sustainable' event planning

Re-imagining the academic conference

You might like to take a look at Bob Stein's short statement about these sorts of things on the Institute for the Future of the Book blog:

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

At the Anthropology Meetings (a short story)
Howard Campbell
University of Texas–El Paso
(As published in Qualitative Inquiry, vol.12: 1, February 2006, reproduced with the permission of Howard Campbell)

Chona de la Paz boarded a plane at the El Pocho airport the day after talking to her stepbrother in the Juárez jail. She had little travel experience and had never left the border area except for family trips to visit relatives in Los Angeles and Mexico City. She could feel the tension in her stomach as the plane struggled through the west Texas winds until it reached cruising altitude. In August, the noted feminist scholar Camelia Fiera had invited Chona to present a paper at the American Anthropological Association meetings on the killings of women in Juárez. As Chona relaxed on the plane, she reflected on how she, an unpublished graduate student, had been invited to participate in a key panel at such an important scholarly event. Before she left, Chona’s mentor, Dr. Chase, had told her that Fiera first read about the homicides in the New York Times. According to Chase, Fiera decided to write a crossover monograph that would make money and affect the academic arena where her postwomanist theory was in vogue. Fiera made an exploratory trip down to the U.S-México border, where University of Tejas officials steered her to Chase, who connected Fiera to Chona. Chona was in the midst of researching the causes of violence in Juárez. Fiera needed a local authority on her AAA panel to legitimize it in the eyes of her colleagues. She asked Chona to join her at the meetings.

"What a break!" Chona mused exaltedly. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime: I’m just a graduate student and I’m sharing a panel with the superstars of anthropology! But I wonder if these big shots will take me seriously?" After a bumpy three-hour flight, the plane landed at snowy O’Hare Airport. Soon she was in a taxi on her way to the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago, the site of the AAA meetings. More ...

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