Moving a workshop online: what works and what doesn’t? | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs
flavoursofopenscience's bookmarks 2020-04-16
By Lucy Barnes
On 16 March 2020 the COPIM project held our first workshop, bringing together around thirty people from several different countries to talk about Open Access book publishing. Comprising a mix of academic publishers, scholarly communications experts and COPIM project members, we had planned to meet in Cambridge (UK) the day before the Redux conference.
Two weeks before the event it became obvious that, due to the spread of the coronavirus, a physical gathering would be impossible. Conferences were being cancelled right and left, so we had a decision to make: should we call off the workshop, or move to an online event? Not wanting to lose momentum in the project, and realising that we were likely to be restricted from physical gatherings for some time, we decided to experiment with holding the workshop online.
This is a post about what worked, what didn’t, and what we learned! We hope it will be helpful to others planning remote events, both now and in future, so please share and repost if you wish.
Rethinking the basics
Preparation, preparation, preparation
On the day
What we learned