2007/04/05 Proposed Agenda


Special Note: If you have content on the Manila blog server, you must migrate to the WordPress server or otherwise backup your content before Wednesday, April 11, when the Manila server will be shut down.


  • Introductions
  • j and Erica could tell the sordid tale of the Manila server and its downfall, if anyone is interested
  • j is arriving late, but can talk about blog spam
  • Twitter is getting a lot of buzz lately. Is anyone here using it? Does it mean anything for blogging? Is it all a bunch of hype?
  • Doc Searls may drop in – if so, maybe we can persuade him to tell a bit about his VRM (vendor relationship management) project
  • Anything else

Upcoming events of interest:

  • See the Berkman Calendar for upcoming Berkman stuff.
  • Feel free to publicize related events here! Let Erica or j know, comment, or add them yourself if you have an editor account.

Various upcoming & potential stuff on our schedule:

  • 4/5, 4/12, 4/26: On deck to schedule, currently open. Suggest something!
  • 4/19: We can’t use Berkman conf room. Move, cancel, just dinner, contradancing?
  • Sometime: Pushkar Phatak on a blog project he’s working on
  • Second Life – a guided tour + how-to session. Mike Walsh is coordinating for April.
  • Second Life – a debate on it. Good? Bad? Both?
  • Dan Bricklin, known for his work on VisiCalc and wikiCalc
  • Ben Sheldon and something about maps
  • Adam and something about maps
  • Tracy Rolling of Platial on maps (notice a pattern here)
  • Something on digital natives? Get Erin Mishkin in.
  • For parents: what *are* your kids doing on the social web? Get a few students to lead it.
  • Where are kids going, now that they’re moving away from MySpace?
  • What’s the latest in the Free Culture movement?
  • Skype: How does it work? Why use it? What are the best clients? j, can you lead something on this and/or suggest someone?
  • Another session on podcasting – Adam Weiss
  • Get Rhod Sharpe (BBC journalist) to repeat his “how to use a microphone” etc. that he did a couple years ago
  • A session on video – get Steve Garfield in. What’s changed since the last session we had ages ago?
  • David Temez – video producer at MIT AMPS, coleader of Boston Media Makers, does a lot of other neat stuff
  • Other local placeblogs (ask Lisa to host?) – Universal Hub, Boston Globe bloggers like Brainiac, Bostonist, Davis Square LJ mods, etc.
  • OpenID – why you should use it, why you should develop with it (ask Rod Begby to lead or help us find people)
  • Someone who can teach us about streaming radio – how to make your own streaming radio station
  • Do we know people who are wizards at design, and UI? Who can teach us about principles of design, show us what they did to learn as a beginner?
  • What are the latest tools for blogging etc.? Latest mashups and widgets? How has it changed in the past year or so?
  • SpotStory
  • you? (It doesn’t have to be about maps.)
  • If you want to help shepherd a potential future topic or if you have ideas of your own, please talk to Erica or j. We’d love – and could really use – your help!


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