What Social Web Services do Anthropologists need? Part 2: Open Systems

I mentioned these over on Keith Hart's page, but I think they deserve a repost:

One of the goals I see for OAC is to facilitate organizing of peer reviewed journals and academic conferences outside of, or in addition to, those official ones which happen within various associations, such as the AAA. For this I see two great resources:

1. Open Journal Systems
2. Open Conference System

While these tools serve the above-stated purpose, we would need some kind of central hosting and technical support if we want them to be adopted by anthropologists who are not technically savvy.

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Comment by Kerim Friedman on June 4, 2009 at 3:18pm
"I haven't really looked at OCS -- would it provide collaborative tools for the abstract review / program selection stage?"

I haven't used it myself, but from the website it seems to offer something along these lines.
Comment by Derick Fay on June 4, 2009 at 10:04am
I like the idea of conference planning tools. I haven't used OCS but have been using some other Web 2.0 type tools for conference planning.

I'm on the Program Committee for a small conference (Northeast Workshops on Southern Africa) and we have used a writeboard (fr. 37 signals) for developing the CFP collectively, and a private wikidot.com site for our abstract review process. This has worked really well at this scale (80 or so abstracts incoming) but requires some manual editing. As abstracts come in via e-mail (to be replaced by a web-based form, once we can find a suitable host), the recipient creates a new wiki page (via a form & template) which the other reviewers can comment upon and rate, and build up proposed panels. Wikidot also consolidates all per-page comments in a single discussion forum, so it's easy to view comments on all the abstracts without going page-by-page. After the deadline has passed, the program committee members get on skype and review all the comments we've made, panel proposals, etc. & finalize the program.

I haven't really looked at OCS -- would it provide collaborative tools for the abstract review / program selection stage?
Comment by Jason Baird Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 3:05pm
As an OJS user and advocate, I am following this thread with interest. Thanks.
Comment by Kerim Friedman on June 1, 2009 at 1:24am
It would be better if someone had space they could donate.

Regarding conferences, I wonder if we could do something like TEDx, not TED, but the decentralized spin-off. TEDx mixes content from the TED website together with local speakers and discussion. So that one could have a bunch of talks on the web with local organizers could incorporate into their mini-OAC conference and they could invite local speakers as well, mixing and matching as they see fit.
Comment by Kerim Friedman on May 31, 2009 at 12:29am
I wasn't actually advocating an OAC journal or conference. Rather, I'm advocating a framework, like NING, which allows people to start and host their own journals and conferences.

Yes. It would cost money, unless someone can get institutional support. But in the long run I see this as the kind of thing OAC could do which would really further our goals (as I understand them).


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