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Metaconferencing possibilities: discovering people / viewpoint networks in conferences

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Metaconferencing possibilities
2. Participant questionnaires
3. Data input from questionnaires
4. Conceptual distance separating participants or viewpoints
5. Plot of graphical display ("map")
6. Clusters of participants or viewpoints
7. Proximity lists
8. Global measures of distance
9. Detailed analysis of responses
10. Comparison between successive rounds
11. Configuration possibilities
12. Conclusion

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Prepared on the occasion of the World Forum of International/Transnational Associations (Brussels, 1980) appeared in Transnational Associations, 33, 2, pp. 103-106. A description of the technique, based on documents, tables and maps prepared by Stafford Beer, Syd Howell, Alan Mossman, and Gordon Pask on the occasion of a conference of the Society for General Systems Research (London, 1980) appeared in: Transnational Associations, 32, 1980, 10, pp. 411-420. [PDF version; see also collection PDF version] ]

1. Introduction

This document describes investigations subsequent to the article "Metaconferencing: Discovering people / viewpoint networks in conferences" (Transnational Associations, 1980. 8). In that article it was suggested that online terminal access to computer facilities from a conference site could open up an entirely new approach to the conference process. The first part of this document outlines, in the light of discussions with an international computer time-sharing service (CEGOS-TYMSHARE), specific possibilities which are described in more detail in the second part of the document. This also includes examples of results and the computer instructions used to obtain them during the course of the World Forum of Transnational Associations (Brussels, 1980).