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APEN 2001 International Conference

Toowoomba, 4th-5th October 2001

Report No:


Title of Topic:

“Open Space to Cyberspace”. What are the Building Blocks of Knowledge and How Can we Use ICT (Information & Communications Technology) to Share that Knowledge?

Name of Leader:

Roger Johnson

Names of Participants:

Greg Clayden, Colin Holt, Ian Tarbottom, Craig Feutrill, Evan Lovrici, Laurie Capell, Ross Cutter, Peter Tonello, Cynthia Carson, Graham Harris, Mandi McLeod, Warwick Easdown

Main points of discussion

  • Supply vs. demand for information on the Internet – we have a good idea of what people want but how do we make it more accessible?
  • The role of the web master – IT driven, need for extension and end user input.
  • How do we move from “real” to “virtual – what are the emerging web based technologies that will assist extension? Is there a role for APEN?
  • How can we adopt standards HTML/XML(& guidelines for use) as we move from print publishing to electronic publishing?
  • How can we democratise (de-corporatise) the process of web based information exchange and communication.

Major outcomes (what have you achieved from this discussion; how can this make a difference; what else do you need to do?)

  • Raised more questions than answers.
  • Identified a large disparity in awareness and understanding of the potential role of ICT in extension.

Need to:

  • understand where people are at and raise awareness of techniques that people can use to improve the way they manage information in their own electronic environment.
  • develop agreed framework for institutional ICT development programs, such as usability standards for websites and file formats.
  • develop shared training programs to improve computer literacy
  • raise awareness of open web based technologies available to communities.

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