Blogging the Back Channels.
As a librarian interested in tech I have been following Access peripherally, it’s interesting stuff. However, I’ll wait for the write ups, the presentations to come online and the demo software to roll out.
Panilbus, however, makes us aware of the stuff that goes on around a convention. The “backchannel conversation”, as they refer to it, is intriguing to me as a librarian. To think, a bunch of experts hanging out just chatting about different ideas, it’s brilliant! There should be some sort of network to harness that, where other people could read what they have to say and even search it. Oh wait…
My point is, the conversation has a great deal of value, not just the conference. Should this “backchannel communication” be harvested, cataloged, indexed and trawled by search engines? Why not? Isn’t is just a huge panel discussion with an equally huge audience?