[csaa-forum] Australian Blogging Conference in Brisbane on Friday

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Tue Sep 25 12:09:14 CST 2007

Apologies for cross-posting, but for whatever reason (including not  
having time to read blogs in the first place, or maybe with Facebook  
taking over?) quite a few interested people seem to have missed  
hearing about this...

Jean Burgess, Axel Bruns and I are speaking in the morning session on  
research blogging, and we'd really welcome a big chatty audience to  
discuss the role of blogging in research, and vice versa. There is a  
discussion thread up on my blog for those who can't attend but would  
like to participate - I'll report back any thoughts that are left  
there: http://homecookedtheory.com/archives/2007/09/24/archiving- 

This seems quite a timely event, and given that it's coinciding with  
mid-semester break in some places, please come if you can -
Best wishes

> Australian Blogging Conference
> To be held at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane,
> Queensland on 28 September 2007
> http://www.freedomtodiffer.com/blogoz/
> Over the past decade, the internet has democratised publishing,
> transforming the way in which society communicates and researches.  
> Once
> web page creation required a sophisticated knowledge of HTML, but user
> friendly tools now make it possible for anyone to create a web page.
> The easiest and most common web page to create is a blog, (or a
> weblog). These blogs take the form of an online journal or diary and
> can cover any topic – from the life of a high school student to  
> complex
> political analysis and debate. With the proliferation of blogs over  
> the
> last two years, their authors have had a significant influence on
> popular culture, scholarship, journalism and politics.
> The growth of the Australian blogging community has mirrored the
> expansion of the blogosphere elsewhere in the developed world.  
> However,
> there have been only a few opportunities afforded to Australian
> bloggers to get together and discuss their common interest.  This
> unconference, modelled on the successful BloggerCons in the United
> States, aims to redress this by providing a forum that will allow
> Australian bloggers to gather together and talk about blogging and the
> Australian blogosphere.  It aims to be a user-focused conference for
> the Australian blogging community.
> This will not be a conference in the traditional sense.  It will be
> relatively informal.  Instead of lengthy presentations, people will be
> invited lead discussions on various topics throughout the day – some
> practical, such as how to build a better blog, and some theoretical on
> the role, influence and future of blogs.
> It is hoped that this Australian Blogging Conference will be a
> memorable event where all participants will learn more about the
> social, cultural, creative and technological aspects of blogging from
> one another.
> The Australian Blogging Conference will be hosted by the Legal and
> Regulatory Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative
> Industries and Innovation and the Queensland University of Technology
> on Friday 28 September in Brisbane, Australia.
> If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, or wish to  
> register
> to attend the Conference, contact:
> Peter Black
> Conference Director
> p2.black at qut.edu.au
> (07) 3138 2734
> 0421 636 496
> skype: peterblack79
> Format
> Adapted from the BloggerCon IV Format by David Winer.
> This will be an unusual conference. We generally won’t have speakers,
> panels or an audience.  We will have discussions and sessions, and  
> each
> session will have a discussion leader.
> The discussion leader
> Think of the discussion leader as a reporter who is creating a story
> with quotes from the people in the room. So, instead of having a panel
> and an audience we just have contributors.  We feel this more
> accurately reflects what's going on. It's not uncommon for the  
> audience
> at a conference to have more expertise collectively than the people  
> who
> are speaking.
> The discussion leader is also the editor, so if he or she feels that a
> point has been made they must move on to the next point quickly. No
> droning, no filibusters, no repeating an idea over and over.
> The discussion leader can also call on people.
> Think of it as a weblog
> Think of the conference as if it were a weblog. At the beginning of
> each session, the leader talks between five and fifteen minutes. He or
> she will introduce the idea and some of the people in the room.
> Then he or she will facilitate the discussion among all the
> contributors in the room, inviting others to comment and asking
> questions of others. It is hoped that everyone who would like to
> contribute to the discussion will be able to do so in the allotted
> time.
> We have a limited amount of time, and a group of participants whose
> time is valuable. The leader's job is to make sure the show stays
> interesting, even captivating. If it gets boring people will leave the
> room and schmooze, or read their email, or whatever. So the leader's
> job is to keep it moving. Sometimes this may mean cutting people off.
> How to prepare
> Since every person in a session is considered an equal participant,
> everyone should prepare at least a little. Think about the subject,
> read the comments on the Conference site. Follow weblogs from other
> people who are paticipating. Think about what you want to get out of
> the session, and what questions you wish to raise, and what  
> information
> or points of view you'd like to get from the session.
> Everyone is a journalist
> This will be an unusual conference in that almost everyone
> participating writes publicly. So
> we assume that everyone present is a journalist.
> On the record
> All conversations, whether to the entire room or one-to-one, unless
> otherwise stated, clearly and up front, are on the record and for
> attribution. You do not need to ask permission to quote something you
> hear at the conference. Of course you may ask for permission to quote,
> and you may choose not to quote things you hear.
> It's a user's conference
> Most technology conferences are centered around the vendors. This is
> not like those conferences. Here, vendors are welcome, and we hope  
> they
> will help by sponsoring in some way, but they participate mainly by
> listening.
> Most of the people who will be talking are users. These are the
> revolutionaries. Vendors make a living by creating tools that these
> people use to change the world. So much attention is focused on
> technology.
> At this conference we turn it around and focus on what people are  
> doing
> with the technology.
> Internet access
> Wireless internet access will be available. Each session will also be
> hopefully be podcast, audio only. You are welcome to bring your own
> recording equipment and cameras are allowed. You are free to record it
> and broadcast it any way you like as long as you don't interfere with
> the sessions in any way.
> Schedule:
> 9:00 am Welcome and Introductory Panel Discussion
> Welcome: Professor Michael Lavarch and Professor Brian Fitzgerald
> Chair: Peter Black
> Panelists: Senator Andrew Bartlett, Duncan Riley, John Quiggin,
> Nicholas Gruen
>      * Why are blogs becoming so ubiquitous?
>      * What is unique about the Australian blogosphere?
> 10:15am Coffee Break
> 10:30am Breakout Rooms
> Room 1: The Politics of Blogging
> Sponsored by GetUp!
> Discussion Leaders: Mark Bahnisch, Senator Andrew Bartlett, Brett
> Solomon, Graham Young
>      * Right, left or centre?
>      * Who cares?
>      * A politician's perspective
>      * Blogging the 2007 Federal Election
> Room 2: Researching Blogging and Blogging Research
> Discussion Leaders: Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Melissa Gregg
> * What's there to research about blogging?
> * What research methodologies can be used to research blogging?
> * How do blogs support the research process?
> * How do blogs contribute to disseminating research?
> Room 3: Blogs, Creativity and Creative Commons
> Discussion Leaders: Elliott Bledsoe, Jessica Coates
>      * What is Creative Commons?
>      * How can I use Creative Commons on my blog?
>      * Showcasing Creative Commons and blogging
> Room 4: Legal Issues
> Discussion Leaders: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dale Clapperton, Nic
> Suzor
>      * What can I say without defaming someone?
>      * What can I take from other websites and blogs?
>      * Encounters with the Law (or the threat of it)
> 12:30pm Lunch
> Launch of Marett Leiboff’s book “Creative Practice and the Law”
> 1:30pm Breakout Rooms
> Room 1: Citizen Journalism
> Discussion Leaders: Axel Bruns, Graham Young, Rachel Cobcroft
>      * Grassroots vs mainstream journalism?
>      * Video/photo citizen journalism?
>      * Is there any original reporting by citizen journalists?
>      * Case Study: youdecide2007
> Room 2: Blogs and Education
> Discussion Leaders: Tama Leaver
>      * Why blog in education?
>      * Examples and reflections?
>      * Should academics blog?
> Room 3: Business and Corporate Blogging
> Sponsored by Microsoft
> Discussion Leaders: Des Walsh, Nick Hodge, Joanne Jacobs
> * Can businesses afford not to blog?
> * How do you measure return on investment of time and money?
> * Should the CEO blog?
> * Blogging codes
> Room 4: Building a Better Blog
> Discussion Leader:  Duncan Riley
>      * Improving content
>      * Improving design
>      * Making money
>      * Podcasting and vodcasting
> 3:30pm Coffee Break
> 4:00pm Final Discussions
> Final Discussion 1: The future for blogging - what's next?
> Sponsored by Kwoff
> Discussion Leader: Dan Walsh
> Final Discussion 2: The future for your blog - promoting your blog and
> building traffic
> Discussion Leaders: Des Walsh, Yaro Starak
> 5:00pm End of Conference
> _______________________________________________

Dr. Melissa Gregg
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
Fourth Floor, Forgan Smith Tower
The University of Queensland
QLD Australia 4072
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