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Since it would be really good sometimes - for purposes of continuing education or out of pure interest - to follow some conferences or speeches on special topics (e.g. medicine, live surgery) live on the internet (even if it means having to pay for it) I often wondered, where one could find announcements of conferences to be streamed on the internet. They don't even have to be interpreted - just conferences or speeches in various languages would be helpful. Nacho's wonderful list is extremely helpful - but sometimes I would like to virtually attend a conference on a fairly new subject. Do you have any suggestions?

asked 05 May '12, 17:49

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edited 05 May '12, 18:10

hmmm... inasmuch as Wikipedia tells us that

  • "Live streaming, delivering live over the Internet, involves a camera for the media, an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher, and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content." and

  • " A content delivery network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers in the Internet. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end users with high availability and high performance. (...)A CDN operator gets paid by content providers such as media companies and e-commerce vendors for delivering their content to their audience of end users. In turn, a CDN pays ISPs, carriers, and network operators for hosting its servers in their datacenters. Besides better performance and availability, CDNs also offload the traffic served directly from the content provider's origin infrastructure, resulting in cost savings for the content provider."

...I'd say that unless CDNs publish a list of upcoming events they'll be streaming (and I found no reference to such service, as yet) it will still be up to content providers to make them known... which was the case for events before the Inet... and the most comprehensive source I know of would still be the International Congress Calendar (now online) from the Union of International Associations...but their listings are for pay and inasmuch as they do not mention whether the event will be streamed, such data will probably only be available through the organizers' or events' sites.

I'm afraid it'll still be a matter of collating info from diverse sources... of course, some institutional entities are known to regularly stream their proceedings (many of them already included in Nacho's list, because some of their recorded material was originally streamed as well) so for the topics they cover they would be a reliable source of regular material.

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answered 05 May '12, 20:29

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That sounds like a very good use of Twitter to me. So many of our colleagues are on Twitter, one would just have to find a proper hashtag and, voilà, we have a crowdsourced activity.

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answered 07 May '12, 03:38

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Dear Almute,

There is a number of web-conferencing platforms out there. Probably the most famous is WebEx. Many companies use WebEx to organise and broadcast conferences. Some of them are for internal purposes (i.e. a company or an association using the platform to communicate with members or staff), but more and more conference organisers use it on a pay-per-view basis. Here you have a listing of WebEx Conferences.

An alternative to WebEx is Normally you will find here short conferences. Many of the 30-minute-events are even free. There is a search feature to look for your conference. This link will forward you to all results with the keyword "medizin", for instance: Homöopathie, chinesische Medizin, Krebserkrankungen, etc.

I have attended both WebEx and Edudip conferences and I can only recommend them as further-training alternatives.

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answered 08 May '12, 16:36

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Thank you so much, Nacho. That will be highly interesting to explore!

(08 May '12, 17:35) AlmuteL

Almute, I just discovered this website: I think you'll love it. Under "Advanced Search" in the right upper corner, you can select "webinars".

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