It was mid-2010 when the idea came for an e-Conference on the topics that interested our team, related to ICT in Agriculture. It was an idea that came to life during October 2010, also meant to be used for my PhD, although I did not end up reporting it in my Thesis.
In the context of our work with FAO at the time, I was in charge of holding an
e-Conference on the topic of Learning Repositories in Agriculture, Food & Environment. I followed the instructions and supporting material that Nikos Manouselis gave me and also added my ideas to facilitate a discussion among stakeholders of the wider ICT in Agriculture domain. We split the discussion into two periods, or Phases if you will, Phase I was about Quality considerations for the Learning Resource creation process whereas Phase II was about Building quality into repositories and portals.
Each Phase was divided into two topics, where our invited experts but also the public, could post their opinion about the questions in hand. Each expert was in charge of one topic per period, four of them in total, and I was in charge of the entire e-Conference, providing quidance and assistance to our invited experts. For the period of the e-Conference, the experts were in charge to reply to questions coming from the public about their topics, or just discuss with them the opinions they contributed. In short, they were the moderators of the topics. My job was to also monitor the discussion and make sure that no questions/answers were left unadressed.
Phase I got 37 answers and Phase II got 29, which was really satisfying for me! It has been an amazing month overall, mainly because of all the interesting opinions that were contributed by all the esteemed colleagues that participated. My personal highlight? My interview with Amee Evans Godwin from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education that can be found here (hope this link still works!). It was amazing to see how the topics of metadata and resource quality were perceived in the US, as well as exchange opinions on these topics that were directly linked to my PhD during a time when I was still looking to define it in my head!