On 8/28/2011 8:06 PM, Martin Mueller wrote:
> I don't disagree with that, but I'd set the accents a little differently.
> In the technical community in which you do some of your work the
> technologies you refer to probably work quite well.  But as far as I can
> see, neither the TEI Council nor the TEI Board currently consist (or are
> likely to consist in the foreseeable future) entirely or even largely of
> individuals for whom these new forms of communication are second nature.
> Not to speak of the fact that a many-to-many virtual meeting of a dozen
> people across three continents and half a dozen time zones with full
> support of video and shared access to the same screen page is way beyond
> the technical and financial resources of the institutions where the Board
> and Council members work. We're not there yet and won't be there for quite
> a while.

I don't know about the shared screen pages unless you are comfortable 
with Google Docs (free) and I haven't tried Skype video, but all it 
requires is a "premium" individual account for one of the callers. 
(About $60/year. I have one and I am sure others do as well.)

Not the system crashing memory pigs that some vendors are pushing as 
collaborative environments but sometimes simple solutions are the best 

Hope you are at the start of a great week!


> MM
> On 8/28/11 6:32 PM, "stuart yeates"<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>> On 29/08/11 03:32, Martin Mueller wrote:
>>> My hunch is that human communication benefits from an "Antaeus
>>> principle":
>>> return to the earth or face to face from time to time and more rather
>>> than
>>> less often. Virtual many-to-many communication, whether video chat,
>>> teleconferencing, or whatever other technology there may, is a dicey
>>> enterprise even for people who speak the same language unless it is
>>> grounded in a habit of quite literally staying in touch.
>> My hunch is different.
>> My hunch is that what is needed is out-of-band communication, so that
>> when one person 'has the floor' (whether physically, by audio
>> conference, video conference or text chat) they have feedback from the
>> other participants as to how their message is being received (and to all
>> for graceful interjections).
>> Body language is a highly evolved and natural form of feedback, but
>> other forms are possible. Use of twitter in conferences is a topical
>> example.
>> Additionally, I frequently find technical meetings more productive when
>> some participants have access to a web browser (to follow references,
>> check facts etc).
>> cheers
>> stuart
>> -- 
>> Stuart Yeates
>> Library Technology Services

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