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  •  How do you get 600 people on the same call? (10+ / 0-)

    Conferences are a multi-day event with concurrent sessions.  It would be hard to do that.  Plus there is just about as much business that goes on between the sessions and on breaks.  We have this online community for talking but the Netroots Nation meetings are still huge because people want that personal interaction.

    "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

    by Mote Dai on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:57:42 PM PST

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    •  Online? I never attended a conference in which (0+ / 0-)

      600 people went to any given session.  Maybe 50 or so at a time, tops to listen to any given presentation, then you were scurrying down hallways to find your next scheduled presentation.  Obviously places like Second Life have hundreds on at any given time, so maybe through some sort of MMO framework.

      •  Plenary sessions, absolutely 600+ (3+ / 0-)

        Also, how would you time a conference call with international scientists?  I've been at conferences were the sizes ranged from ~200 to greater than 20,000 participants.  

      •  I did routinely (2+ / 0-)
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        I used to attend the International Herpes Workshop and it routinely had several hundred participants in individual sessions.  There are numerous conferences that have large audiences for at least one or two talks each day.  

        We also already do have many, many online and other non traditional meetings with the help of newer communications.  But you cannot do a poster session via a telecon.

        "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

        by Mote Dai on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:57:55 PM PST

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    •  Why the same call? (0+ / 0-)

      Like you said, attendees at large conferences break out into their respective areas of interest.  If you absolutely must have everyone on "the same call," that's no big deal; buying four RMX 4000s  gives you multipoint video/audio for 600 people for the cost of sending 60 scientists to a conference.

      •  I understand what you are trying to say (3+ / 0-)
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        But it just doesn't compare to the in person interactions and the experience of being there.  Also, it would still be hard to do the poster sessions...half the science isn't in a didactic lecture form, but in short discussions around poster presentations.

        "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

        by Mote Dai on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:08:17 PM PST

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