[Conferences-discuss] Let's step back a bit...
Thu, 14 Feb 2002 11:27:14 -0800
> One idea is to have a rotating conference. With the standardisation
> conferences in the library world, we have members volunteer to host a
> meeting, with a planning horizon of about 2 mmetings into the future.
> These meetings are rather small with about 80 attendees max. They
> usually have two meetings in North America followed by one meeting
> elsewhere (usually Europe). I think it is very much a matter of where we
> can get the key people (Guido, Tim, Barry, David, Martin et al) to show up.
If we all had 'strong' university or similar affiliations and were
fairly uniformly distributed, I think that might make sense. I got the
impression from Guido that there's a massive predominance of
north-americans in the community. That would be a good thing to get out
of the poll.
In general, though, I think it's easier to get people to go to one
conference than three =). The bigger the conference the easier it is to
get budget approval, too.
Final comment on that topic: I think standardization groups have very
different dynamics than we do. They try to get things done in a very
hostile environment. We just want to have fun, and happen to get things
done because it's fun. =)
> > Time of year
> > May-June
> > July-August
> > Sept-Oct
> > Jan-Feb
> > other. [I have no idea what times are possible]
> Is this very important? My own criteria is that it shouldn't overlap
> with OSCON. Either it should be back-to-back with it to save travel
> costs or it should be at a different time of year.
I put it there because it was mentioned to me as an important criterion
by others -- they weren't able to justify two conferences in the same
month (mostly in terms of absence from day-to-day duties, I think).
> Maybe: What do you think is a reasonable cost for a 4 day conference?
It all depends on the amenities. The range is $50 to $1500. =)
> > Type of accomodation acceptable:
> > - dorm room
> > - cheap hotel
> > - nice hotel
> Make this a preference question.
Good point. FYI, I didn't mean for that poll to be "the" poll or even a
real draft. I don't think we're there yet.