Oxford university next gen mobile apps panel – details ..

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What is the Oxford university next generation mobile applications panel?

Launched on Sep 5, 2005 – The University of Oxford’s Next Generation Mobile Applications Panel is a joint initiative between industry and the Department of Continuing Education at the Oxford University. The Next Generation Mobile Applications Panel will bring together the best thinkers in the telecoms industry and enable the discussion of thoughts and ideas on all aspects of Mobile Applications with other like-minded members of the community.

It will also launch a quarterly journal which will enable the best articles and insightful comments to be published under the auspices of the Oxford university next generation mobile applications panel.

See the URL below

Who manages the panel? Is it free to join?

Chaired by Ajit Jaokar, Futuretext Publishing and the Forum Moderator, and co chaired by Tomi Ahonen, author and 3G Consultant, the forum is free to join and is sponsored by the university of Oxford Electronics and Telecoms Programme. Peter Holland manages the panel on behalf of the Oxford University.

What are the benefits to members?

Essentially, the panel can be viewed as a platform to become a ‘thought leader’ in the industry, build your own personal brand and thus benefit your company. It’s prestigious to have your article published in the journal – something you should be proud of mentioning in your CV! (Including any citations to your article)

What are articles?

The panel is based on the concept of ‘articles’. An article is a simple one page online document (ideally A4 printed page or a typical blog sized entry). Panel members post articles. An article should add value to members (i.e. should not be a blatant advertisement). An article should have your own insights about an issue. It should aim to create a discussion around that issue. An article could refer to your own business/experience (and thereby promote your business)

Articles start their life on the ‘discussion forum’ and they get comments from the community. If they get good feedback from the community and are approved by the chairmen – they are promoted to the ‘selected for publication’ forum and are published in the quarterly journals. Remember, you are posting articles with the goal of being selected in the ‘selected for publication’ forum

Journals and articles are an interesting concept – is it new?

Not really. In scientific and technical circles, these ideas have been around for many years. We have simply combined journals, the Internet, communities and blogs to create a variant of the concept. The best known scientific publications are ‘Nature’ and ‘Science’.

Here is some information from wikipedia about the publication ‘Nature’.

Nature is one of the oldest and most reputable general-purpose scientific journals, first published on November 4, 1869. Although most scientific journals are now highly specialized, Nature still publishes articles across a wide range of scientific fields. Research scientists are the primary audience for the journal, but article summaries in the front of the journal make many of the most important articles accessible for the general public. Also toward the front of each issue are editorials and news and feature articles on issues of general interest to scientists, including current affairs, science funding, business, scientific ethics and research breakthroughs. There are also sections on books and arts. The remainder of the journal consists mostly of research articles which are often dense and highly technical. Having an article published in Nature is very prestigious, and invariably the articles are highly cited, leading to promotions, grant funding, and attention from the mainstream media. Because of these benefits, competition among scientists to publish in high-level journals like Nature and its closest competitor, Science, can be very fierce. However all articles undergo rigorous peer review before publication, in which other scientists, chosen by the editor, will read and critique the article before publication. The author or authors of the article must then respond to the referees’ comments by changing the article or performing additional experiments, or the editor may choose to reject the article entirely.

What are forums?

The panel has three forums

1) The Introduction and News forum – for your introduction and general news and announcements

2) The discussion forum – where you initially post articles and discuss articles

3) The ‘selected for publication’ forum – where the best articles and discussions are selected to be published in the quarterly journals.

Can I promote my business on the articles/forums?

Overall we are open to promoting your business on the panel(either in the forums or in the articles). However, note that any content you add on the forums or the articles must add value to the community and must conform to the terms and conditions.

Can I link articles to my blog?

Yes, you can promote your blog. However, please don’t put a part of the article on the panel and link the rest back to your blog. We would like to see the complete posting on the panel so others can respond on the panel. You can indicate that the original is posted on to your blog and provide a link to the blog

Can I post articles from the panel on to other blogs/ sites?

Yes, the content is in public domain. However, please acknowledge the copyright of the original author and link back to the original source on the panel.

I am in PR, media, venture capital. Is this for me?

Yes, it’s open to everyone. There are no categories of memberships, restrictions on posting other than those in this FAQ and on the terms and conditions

Can I invite others and get them to comment on my article?

Yes you can!. We don’t object to people outside the community joining the panel to post comments on your article. Note that the ultimate decision to publish the article rests with the moderators.

Any more questions?Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com and I will see if I can help.