Comments: General Synod: Thursday afternoon

Thank you for all the work put into this site, which I found very helpful for the sessions of GS that finished today, not least as a convenient source to download some of the secondary papers to my PDA, rather than lug them all around.

Synod does not do nearly enough to exploit new technology / new media: neither in running its own business, nor in publicising it. It's my area of professional expertise too and I would be interested in exploring ways in which we might make progress. It's striking to consider the difference from the other major conference I've attended this year, Gartner IT Symposium, which made good use of an unfolding wiki style internet site (and wireless access to a variety of devices, fixed & mobile).

Thanks again.

Philip French (Rochester, 390)

Posted by Philip French at Thursday, 9 February 2006 at 10:06pm GMT

Indeed, three cheers to TA for providing such an up-to-date and helpful resource.

I also have been lobbying Church House to provide better IT support. No wifi in the chamber yet?! I did finally discover that if you popped through the press door, you could just pick up the press room wifi without losing track of everything going on in the chamber (as we do when we have to descend to the bowels of ChHo to get the only other internet link provided). As I was trying to blog along, I had found it very hard...

I was also horrified that better use was not made of - say - the video projector. There were several changes in order of business; but if you were not in the chamber to hear of the variation, you were not to know. How easy it would be to have a 'live' notice board etc.

Wiki based papers also sounds interesting...

I understand York is much better set up (as one might imagine in a university) for such things; and indeed the new ChHo should support much more along these lines. Let's make sure they do!

Alastair (Chichester GS101)

Posted by Alastair Cutting at Saturday, 11 February 2006 at 5:00pm GMT
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