Yesterday, O’Reilly Media announced that its Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing conference has sold out for the 4th year in a row. A record number of attendees–over 1,300–is expected. (And the weather appears to be cooperative–no snowstorms are in the forecast!) Click here to read the press release.
In addition, O’Reilly announced that the conference keynotes (i.e. plenary sessions) will be live streamed. So my colleague, Barbara Brynko (Editor-in-Chief of Information Today) and I have planned an experiment. Barbara will be attending the conference physically, and I will attend it virtually, and then we will compare our experiences. There have been a number of studies done on virtual conference attendance, but TOC is better suited to it than most because a large part of the conference consists of plenary sessions. So watch this blog for my reports, beginning on February 15, and also for the results of our experiment.
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