Re: STC Conference Proceedings

Subject: Re: STC Conference Proceedings
From: Jeff Hanvey <techwriter -at- jewahe -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 08:01:00 -0700 (PDT)

--- Amy Dohlman <amdohlman -at- uwalumni -dot- com>

> wrote:


Here's my question--are the published "Proceedings" a sort of acceptable substitute? I realize that the proceedings will not contain the vast amounts of information gleaned by actually being there, but I was wondering if they would contain other valuable information, like resources (websites or books) or general topics of discussion covered in the sessions.

In academic circles, using proceedings is generally frowned upon because they generally only publish abstracts of the presentations, not details. While this may be good for an overview, rarely does a proceeding offer any valuable insights into the field itself.

Also, the proceedings are put together - and may be published prior to the actual presentation - so they can be incorrect. They might include, for example, a presentation that wasn't actually held. Also, the real-time event might be completely different from the initial intentions.

In short, read proceedings with caution.

This occurs mostly because the proceeding publish only abstracts of the presentations.

Jeff Hanvey:


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