OK so the JISC Conference 2008 was on Tuesday and its taken a day or 2 for me to recover – though mainly due to celebratory activities post-conference (though I am not alone as one or 2 members of the JISC Comms team and at least one member of First Great Western staff will testify to!).
The JISC Conference is a massive undertaking and I’m not sure people realise just how much work goes into such a short event. Planning for JISC09 starts on Monday! This will continue for the entire year with a number of really hectic period long before the conference. The 3Gs of Greg, Grace and Georgia will have the conference in the back of their minds pretty much permanently – and as someone who had a few years of that I both don’t envy them but have every confidence they’ll do another amazing job.
This year, with the help of MultiMediaMan (aka Hector), I had the pleasure of leading JISCs experiments in adding various web based channels to the event to allow those not attending to follow the event but also to support people there in person.
Generally I was happy with the way this went – it wasn’t without its mistakes and we tried to evolve what we were offering over the course of the day based on real time feedback but still theres plenty of room for improvement. Then again I wouldn’t expect anything less – it was always supposed to be very much in the ‘beta’ mode and the comments and feedback we recieved from people during and after were all extremely useful and constructive. I have no doubt we’ll continue to make use of some or all of these tools at events in the future and will look to have them far more finely tuned by next years conference in Edinburgh.
For a flavour of what was happening at the conference take a look at http://www.onetag.org/ot/display/lister1/jisc08.asp (courtesy of Mike Ellis whose help was invaluable in pulling all this together)
I’m always happy to hear from anyone who has comments about the conference or just general ideas of how to improve things in the future – I have a whole load of crazy a$$ ideas that I’m going to spring on people on Monday at the first planning meeting so am always happy to hear other peoples as well!