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Pushing the envelope on remote interaction: my talk, live, interactive

Posted in collaboration, Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Synthesis, Talks with tags , , on May 22, 2008 by drycafe

You may have seen the weird sounding item in the NESCent news feed (which I am syndicating in the left bar). This is the talk that I am giving tomorrow at noon (12pm EDT) at NESCent’s weekly Brown Bag Lunch seminar series, titled “Incubating Cyberinfrastructure: Community Building and Open Collaborative Software Development at the Transition Between Mostly-Off and Always-On.”

I will be speaking about my interests in open collaborative software development as a vehicle (in fact, in my opinion requirement) for promoting effective cyberinfrastrucure development, using various examples from our Hackathon and Summer of Code activities. In addition, I’ll connect these objectives to social networking, blogs, and related tools, and hope to instigate some brainstorming on how much we should be at the forefront of technologies that allow us to broaden participation much beyond the physical walls of NESCent.

Regarding the latter, part of the presentation is the setup itself. You can watch the talk — myself and the slides — live as a videostream, complete with audio, using most modern web browsers, without installing separate stand-alone software. Unlike the expensive and bulky Polycom that we have been using for video-conferencing, which only allows up to 3 concurrent client connections (and which has shown to be highly vulnerable to occasional network bottlenecks), this time we will be using much lighter equipment on the production end (in essence a video camera and a wireless microphone), and a much more powerful solution on the broadcasting end (Adobe Connect), allowing up to 100 (!) people to connect via their browsers. (Note that this will be a live stream only — it’s not a downloadable videocast, and there is no recording!)

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Entertaining (a) poster session

Posted in Open Source, Talks with tags , on February 8, 2008 by drycafe

Owen McMillan, who we collaborate with on the Natural Diversity extension module to Chado, is teaching an undergraduate class on “Genome Science” this spring. In an interesting variation on the typical class schedule, he decided to intersperse the class with five poster sessions where students create posters presenting a chosen paper. 

In addition to that, Owen invites an outside speaker to those poster sessions to entertain the students, and I had the honor to be the guinea pig for the first session, titled ‘Genomes and Genome Databases’.

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