Using Webcasting, many scientific conferences are being held and offered to those who were unable to attend. Webcasting is already taking over conference in physical sciences and is growing rapidly in other areas of sciences.
What, the debate is, however, is should a webcast scientific talk be viewed as a publication?
What scientists and other spokespersons fear about webcasting is the credibility that might not take place and the plagiarism that could occur. Some biologists feared that if they made their talks available on the web, it could prejudice the subsequent publication of this work in important journals.
-What reasons, however, can be given for denying the publication of work that was previously revealed in a webcast seminar? -Some say that their journals want to publish only new information, or “news.” (Once a result becomes widely accepted by the scientific community from a presentation of any kind, it may no longer be able to compete for the limited space in a high-profile journal. Also, data that are presented before online publication can be incorporated into the work of another scientists without citation.
-The author, Nicholas Cozzarelli believes, journals do not, in fact, protect authors against plagiarism.
Webcasting has been a growing trend worldwide when dealing with conferences, especially scientific conferences.
What the presenters need to do, however, is site their work immediately. Even though it will be presented on the Web, changes can be made to their work.
Using Webcasting, science can be spread more around the world. It could be understood better and be available at all times. Before presenting anything online, the scientists must be certain about their data and make sure they get the credit they deserve.
Cozzarelli, N. R. (2003). Webcasting Is Not Publication . , 100 (14), 8039. Web site: http://www.jstor.org.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/stable/3139873?&Search=yes&term=webcasting&list=hide&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dwebcasting%26wc%3Don%26dc%3DAll%2BDisciplines&item=2&ttl=45&returnArticleService=showArticle
MIT Plants Round-the Clock Webcast of Campus Lectures and Events
The folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are trying to round up the corporate and foundation sponsors they need to finance a proposed 24hr a day video streaming project. Called M.I.T. World, the project would involve round-the-clock Webcasting of lectures, symposiums, and other events.
M.I.T. World, would preserve the hours they are broadcasting and let thousands who do not live near Cambridge, Mass., see what M.I.T. has to offer.
These broadcasts would be free to all of the 90.000 alumni. These Internet broadcasts may also be offered to employees of companies that are part of M.I.T.’s Industrial Liaison program.
$500,000 a year will be needed to cover the costs of taping and video streaming. Programs will run according to a schedule and after a month they would be archived and could be viewed with on-demand streaming technology.
The sponsors would be given the chance to put links to their own Web sites and their logos on the M.I.T. World home page, in the vein of a Public Broadcasting Service sponsorship.
Webcasting, especially in a college setting will be more than helpful to students.
If and when M.I.T. receives more money, they will be able to reach out to not only their students but those who want to attend their college.
Webcasting does require money, the only negative aspect that I see happening, however, is that many students will miss out on the one-on-one experience with a teacher. There will not be that connection/bond made with a professor. Students will lose interest in attending their classes altogether, and just like always, technology will start taking over not only in their lives but their education also.
"MIT Plans Round-the-Clock Webcast of Campus Lectures and Events." The Chronicle of Higher Education 47.24 (Feb 23, 2001): NA. Professional Collection . Gale. UNIV LIBRARY AT IUPUI. 25 Nov. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/itx/start.do?prodId=SPJ.SP01>.
Push technology, or webcasting, may not only influence the way students are taught, but also the way computer users use online news operations. ‘Push’ new readers tell a provider what kinds of stories they want to see all the while push companies select news on that basis and provide it. Experts see push as a supplement to print journalism rather than a substitute.
What we need to realize and accept is that Webcasting changes the online news equation. We no longer have to search for the news, the news finds us.
Many people, 51 million in the United States and Canada are more than happy to embrace webcasting.
Webcasting allows consumers to customize and micro-tailor their news choices.
The Push companies—content distributors like PointCast and software developers like inCommon and BackWeb, add value to the equation by letting the content folks to what they do best, gather and report the news.
" The Web is like a billboard. You may know the demographics of that particular stretch of highway, but you don't know anything about the individuals," says Patrick Naughton, senior vice president of technology for Starwave, a personalized content service. “Webcasting strips away the anonymity. It gives us a one-to-one relationship with the customer."
Which leads to Vin Crosbie's three rules of webcasting. :Webcasting is valuable if you know what you want, if you don't have a lot of time and if you want to receive something regularly," says Crosbie, a new media consultant in Brookline, Massachusetts.
"Anyone can put up a Web page," says John Robb, senior analyst for interactive technology strategies at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "But to build a personal broadcast application, you've got to have some serious change in your pocket."
When reading this article I realized how much of an impact webcasting had not only in the educational field, but with media too.
We may think that we get the news immediately, but in reality, that rarely happens. Some of the news that we see on the TV do not interest us, and having webcasts we can narrow our search by our own interests.
The internet and its use has grown tremendously, and now, with webcasting being offered, it might progress even more.
Lasica, J.D. "When push comes to news." American Journalism Review 19.n4 (May 1997): 32(8). Professional Collection . Gale. UNIV LIBRARY AT IUPUI. 25 Nov. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/itx/start.do?prodId=SPJ.SP01>.
When researching webcasting, and doing my last blong on this topic, I became quite intrigued. Never before had I realized how notorious webcasting had become not only in schools but when dealing with the news! Webcasting may be helpful to some, and it may benefit us when we are in need of immediate information, however, having a personal contact with a professor or a colleague is something that a computer program could and should never take away. Webcasting does cost money, money that no one can afford right now, but in time, it just might take over the corporate world. For now, it will be best to just never miss any classes or conferences.