Today, I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of my new project, called
To put it simply, Proceedings is your graduate school
reading group, brought online using video chat.
As a gradaute student, I’ve noticed a few things regarding
existing reading groups:
- Lack of archival; if you miss a meeting, you have no way to get a good
handle on the discussion that happened.
- Lack of participants; people forget, people get lazy and computer
science departments are small and may not have many students that
share similar interests.
So, what are the ultimate goals of the service?
- Provide a way for users all over the globe to participate in
discussions about interesting academic papers.
- Provide archived recordings of these discussions so they can be viewed
by anyone, at any time.
- Allow anyone to register a reading group on a particular topic, and
start having discussions.
- Make it dead simple, so you don’t have to worry about coordination of
paper selection and organization of members at a specific time.
- Providing a way for people in industry to participate with academics
and have meaningful discussions.
Proceedings is a direct spin off of the Think
Distributed Podcast, based on feedback from our many
listeners. Because of this, we’ll be running a limited invitation only
beta focusing on distributed systems literature.
Head on over to Proceedings to check it out and sign up
for the beta, we’re aiming to have our first discussion on November
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