Today I share a conversation with my good friend and former colleague Paul Miller of Cloud of Data.
Paul is a prolific podcaster, but had yet to venture in to the world of the video conversation. This conversation was therefore a bit of an experiment. Take a look below and see what you think. For those that prefer audio only, Paul has helpfully included an mp3 for you to listen to. At the end of this post you will also find a link to a short survey which has posted to ascertain how successful this format.
In the conversation itself Paul asks me to describe the reasoning behind Data Liberate and how I intend to help people and organisations realise the value in their data. He also explores some of the thoughts underpinning my up coming presentation, at the Semantic Tech & Business Conference Berlin, The Simple Power of the Link. A topic I covered in more detail on my recent post on semanticweb.com.
Here are a few comments about the process from Paul and a link to the survey:
It’s perhaps unfair to draw too many conclusions from this first attempt, but a few things are immediately apparent. The whole process takes an awful lot longer. The files are larger, so processing and uploading times increase 2-3 fold. Uploading a separate audio file also takes a bit of time. Simply dumping the Skype recording into iMovie worked just fine… but I’ve (so far) not managed to find any way to balance the audio levels. Garagebandlets me do this with my audio-only podcasts, but iMovie doesn’t seem to, so Richard’s side of the conversation comes across as quite a bit louder than mine.
Having done one, I’m still not convinced that the video adds anything to the conversation. But what do you think? If you’ve listened to any of my podcasts, please take a moment to complete the short survey over at SurveyMonkey. Your responses will help me to decide where to go next