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Advisory Group Meeting #6

Categories: Advisory Group, Meetings
Date: 25 January 2008
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Summary of Advisory Group Meeting, UTS, 25-1-08

In Attendance: Andy Lloyd James, Philip Bell, Annmarie Chandler, Ross Gibson, Ben Goldsmith (by Skype)
Apologies: Philip Bell.

1. Administrative Matters.

Remote connections with Ben:
Hugh offered his computer/skype for the hook up with Ben in Queensland.
Next meeting when Ben is remote, we will use a camera and mike to improve the transmissions at his end.

Knowledge Production Map:
Annmarie distributed the map shed given to ACMA and will email Ben and Philip a copy. The map is an overview of the current ways we are producing and capturing knowledge on the project, and how we engage with participants.

Insight Forum:
We discussed this and decided that we would not send a representative to the forums this time. The feeling was that we needed to cover more ground in our project to provide updated perspectives to this group.

The Technology Talk on the 14th. Feb:
Trevor and Mark have both agreed to come.
Need for a room discussed. (Hugh has since secured the Board room again in the business faculty).

Project Website:
This is in its final release stage with AFTRS and Webling before it becomes available to UTS. Greg Turner will be working on its set-up with the UTS end.

Budget:
Annmarie has completed a budget reconciliation for 2007 with Chris Bradshaw and will meet with Ross to discuss how the core expenditure categories are shaping up.

2. Reports and Discussion

2.1. Electronic Communications and Engaging Participants
We discussed this in relation to the ways we want to engage with participants and others on the project. There is some concern that we as researchers are not engaging enough with our participant group outside the formal face-to-face sessions. We need to be feeding in more thoughts and perspectives on the key drivers to enrichen the issues and subsequent stories about the future our participants will provide.

Various electronic methods we have tried were discussed.

I’m pleased to report that subsequent to these discussions there is now a Blog for the project, which Ben is gardening for us.

The intention is to keep the Yahoo site operating (until the project’s website is operational) for posting the sorts of documents (i.e. scanned articles and in-confidence reports), that would otherwise breach confidentiality or “fair use” copyright requirements in the public Blogsphere.

A link to the Blog is here.

First, you need to go to wordpress.com and create a user account (free) (not everyone can post, anyone can comment). Ben will approve your account.

To login to the site to post or add things to blogroll (which is the list of other blogs that we like – go here:

login with your username and password

Along the top banner of the site you should see “my dashboard”. If you click on that you’ll find the area where you can create a post.

If you are unsure of what’s happening email Ben for advice.

2.2. Interviews

The interviews are getting under way.We will distribute 3 or 4 to each researcher who will be asked to analyse them, towards the scenarios we will devise for each participant’s story of the future.

Ross summarized that what we should be doing when we get the interviews is;
summarizing what we can synthesise from them, and identifying one or two provocative things we can bring back to paticpants as a story prompt.

Ross reminded us that we are dealing with two different discourses in the process, interviews, and then storytelling. The stories should be about 1 page in length.

2.3. ARC Report

Ross has completed an interim report on the project for the ARC. I will email this to the rest of the group, and include 3 sections here;

100 word Project summary [as indicated in the original proposal]:

This project investigates crucial strategic issues looming for Australia. Acknowledging the enormous influence of television and accepting that digital technology challenges content creation, distribution and financing for broadcast TV, we’ll investigate the social, economic and cultural repercussions of the new technology. Mobilising industry-wide collaboration in scenario planning, we’ll define and test influences shaping Australian TV and digital communications over the next decade. The project’s investigative processes, seminars and conference will generate vital knowledge about the current and imminent state of TV in Australia, providing a unique, comprehensive planning tool for Industry, Government and a better informed Public.

What were your research plans and objectives for the period covered by this Report?

Did the research project proceed as planned? What have you achieved over this period? Outline the research findings to date.

2.4. Scheduling 2008

The rest of the meeting was absorbed with the scheduling task for 2008.
I will distribute copies of the draft timetable, and notes before the next meeting.