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Using Networked Technologies To Support Conferences

Brian Kelly, Paul Shabajee, Emma Tonkin, Using Networked Technologies To Support Conferences. CSTR-06-003, EUNIS 2005 Conference Proceedings (CD-ROM). June 2005. No electronic version available. External information


The increasing availability of WiFi networks in conference venues is an opportunity to provide additional services for conference delegates and to enhance and enrich the learning experience. This paper reviews experiences of use of networked applications in a conference environment and outlines a number of potentially useful technologies. The paper addresses potential concerns over use of networked technologies including the dangers of disruption and distraction, legal and copyright issues as well as the danger of being over-fixated on the technologies themselves, rather than the uses they can provide. The paper concludes by summarising the issues which need to be addressed when considering the provision of networked services in a conference setting.

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