Barriers to community

Building community is not easy. All communities start off small; initial participants often find themselves talking to themselves, but failure to communicate internal thoughts to newcomers looking for an opportunity to contribute is, in itself, a barrier to entry for those newcomers. Who wants to be the first at the party?

Conversely, once a community has developed, everyone seems to know each other already. Who wants to be the only one nobody knows at the party? Of course, there is a whole host of barriers between these two points. In this presentation, we'll look at some of the most common barriers to community.

Session time: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 10:30am - 11:10am

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About the Speaker

Scott Wilson

Assistant Director, CETIS
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Scott Wilson is Assistant Director of CETIS, the JISC's innovation support centre for interoperability and standards in the UK higher and further education sectors. As well as working on Apache Wookie (Incubating), Scott is a contributor to W3C, the Open Web Foundation, CEN and other standards organisations. Prior to working in CETIS, Scott worked in the commercial software sector, in areas such as CRM, business intelligence and criminal intelligence.

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