With travel budget cuts, and increasing gas costs, what role - if any - could GIS.se play in the virtualization of conferences?
After holding an annual conference for many years, GITA has thrown in the towel.
Latitude Geographics has held a virtual conference over the past few years. I've never attended though - can anyone comment on how it compares to a non-virtual conference?
OK, we have a few minutes left, does anyone have any questions?
I generally find the Q&A following a presentation quite valuable, especially in workshop oriented GIS conferences. Much of the time, however, the Q&A is poorly structured, with time running out before all questions get answered. Other questions are curtailed with a why-don't-we-take-that-up-off-line response.
What if there were a virtual GIS conference with the Q&A handled by stackexchange?
Attendees could watch live video feed and post questions with a particular tag on GIS.se. The presenter would then focus on high vote questions. Perhaps more importantly, other attendees could answer questions, allowing the presenter to save time by simply upvoting and commenting.
For conference workshops that focus on use of a new software UI, questions like "how do I do X with this new tool?" the answer could be a link to a screen capture video.
I just listened to an archived webinar on Google Earth Builder. At the end they said they had over a hundred questions. They only had time to answer about 10. I'm not sure how they prioritized which questions to ask the presenter. It seems to me that SE could host, or at least coordinate with, webinars so that questions eventually get answered and prioritized by the community.