[okfn-discuss] more specific ideas for ok2 streams

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Thu Nov 29 02:43:33 UTC 2007

Hey Saul, Hi Ilze, Hi all,

This all sounds fantastic!

I guess three options are:

  (a) 'Open Media' and 'Free Youth Culture' panels
  (b) a 'Culture and Media' panel
  (c) a plethora of talks and workshops, apart from the panels

I'm easy, but think we should get call for proposals out ASAP before 
Christmas season fully kicks in (partly my fault - revised version to 

Just to recap, suggested panels so far include:
  * 'Transport and Environment' (or separate 'Transport' and 
'Environment' panels, as was originally suggested)
  * 'Visualization and Analysis'
  * 'Education and Academia'

As Rufus said a few weeks ago:

"Realistically, if we allow a decent amount of time for the 'open' 
session in the afternoon (with speakers coming from the CFP) this leaves 
us with around 3 specific sessions (4 max). For example last year we had 
3 (Geodata, Media and Content and Civic Info and Science)."

It would be great to hear more people thoughts on this - come on 
lurkers! :-)



Saul Albert wrote:
> Dear okffers,
> Knowing that we really need help co-ordinating the programme, I
> initiated conversations at a NODE.London (http://wiki.nodel.org) meeting
> about a possible collaboration with okcon. I think these were two very
> good proposals for sessions:
> - Adnan Hadzi would be interested in helping to organise another 'Open
>   Media' panel this year, in his capacity as a researcher at Goldsmiths,
>   he can put in the time and some limited resources (500 squids or so)
>   towards pulling this together. I think it would be a great idea. Gift
>   horse, mouth etc.
> - Ilze Black has suggested a 'Free Youth Culture' panel, with some real
>   free young people who have been working on media education projects in
>   a network of organisations around the UK and Europe. I've spoken to
>   her and this would not be a 'showcase' as such, but a critical look at
>   what the institutional/legislative landscape is for young people's
>   cultural production. I think this could be a really interesting new
>   area to explore at an okcon. Working in related projects with The
>   People Speak (http://theps.net), I'm constantly appalled at how a
>   proprietary culture is shoved down their throats at every
>   opportunity. Not that I'm biased mind you ;)
> In both cases, I might also be able to muster some financial support,
> via a NODE.London-based funding application for good documentation of
> the event.
> In any case, I think these two panels could provide a very useful
> contribution - and would come with some human/financial resources to
> pull them together (an important point!).
> Thoughts? 
> Cheers,
> Saul.

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