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Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in Visualisation | 0 comments

WhereCampEU: Some Thoughts

WhereCampEU Intro from Christopher Osborne on Vimeo. Last Friday and Saturday I was part of WhereCampEU “the geo unconference for Europe”. Being an unconference there was no formal agenda instead attendees could propose sessions on the day and stick them to “the wall“.  This sort of system would bring many academics out into a cold sweat as there is no formal way of ensuring quality presentations and sessions. I didn’t attend a single bad session though and found that in the sessions where the speaker was faltering a little, or talking for too long, audience members would pipe up and generate discussion to make the session far better. I found this aspect particularly rewarding. The system could fall down if speakers were egotistical or simply interested self-promotion- I found the contrary though at WhereCampEU. Many represented a company or product but all were willing to subject it to objective discussion or simply leave their allegiances at the door before a session. I think there is a lot to be...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Resources, Surnames | 0 comments

WhereCampEU: the origin of the ‘Campers

WhereCampEU: the origin of the ‘Campers

I have run the WhereCampEU 2010 attendee list (without duplicate names) through the Onomap Classification tool developed here at UCL Geography/ CASA. It gives a fair guess as to the sorts of places this year’s WhereCampEU attendees are from. It isn’t perfect but we get it right most of the time. See how your name is classified here. It looks like the Brits, Germans, Italians and French will dominate this...

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