March 03, 2006


Writing about web page

Interesting idea; a web site where universities or academic departments can publish details of public lectures and other open events. is a place to announce or find out about public lectures, seminars, debates, conferences and exhibitions going on in your area or subject field. is intended to promote active learning and academic collaboration; it is aimed at students, lecturers and anyone with an interest in learning or networking.

It's the work of one man, Steve Cooke, and his reasons for doing it are themselves interesting:-

A few years ago I was unable to work for nearly a year due to injury. To pass the time I attended a number of public lectures run by the politics department at Portsmouth University. In 2005 I realised that I could do something positive to promote these kind of events, which are often sadly under-attended. It's taken me a few months to put this site together, but I hope it will encourage many more people to enjoy the world of public education.

I'll be going back to the site over the next few months to see what volume and type of content ends up being published there.

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  1. I spoke to this guy yesterday – interesting (and passed the info on to Tom).

    The main problem that I could see was that he was proposing that his site became the data source and we RSS-ed it back to appear on our own sites.

    03 Mar 2006, 13:51

  2. 1. The site looks rather staid. If it takes off, the list that starts on the front page will become unwieldy. Topic tags might help. BTW, he missed:

    Warwick History Public Lecture: The Italian Resistance: Class War? Civil War? Patriotic War?

    Date: Tuesday 07 March 2006

    2. How about podcasting some of these public talks that have broader appeal? If Warwick can do it, ….

    06 Mar 2006, 14:30

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