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Adding A Talk

In brief:

You have to log in to create a new list or add a talk. If you’re adding a talk to talks.cam, we recommend that you read Privacy and Publicity before you start. Please only add a talk to a list other than your personal list if you are a talk or talk series organiser.

In slightly more detail:

To add a talk, create an account or log in with raven (on the left), then click the Add a new talk link that will magically appear on the left. You then see a selection of lists; pick the one to which you want to add a talk. If necessary, you can create a new list here (but please only create a new list if the list does not yet exist in talks.cam; if the list already exists, then just make sure you are a manager of that list by emailing one of the other managers, or asking talks.cam support for help if you can’t contact any of the managers).

In full:

When adding a talk, the first thing you need to decide is which list should be the talk’s ‘home’ list. The most appropriate home list will usually be a seminar series of some kind. You will only have permission to add a talk to that list if you are one of the ‘managers’ of that list. (Go to the list page and click on ‘Further Details’ to find out who the managers are). If you want to become a manager of a list, ask any of the current managers to make you a manager too. When you start filling out the form, a yellow box will appear with information to guide you through the process.

Lists are also used in other ways within talks.cam. For example, every user of talks.cam automatically has their own personal list of talks in which they might be interested. It is also possible to make a super-list of all talks in a department, possibly including talks that are taking place in many different seminar series.

It would be very time consuming to add every talk to all of the different lists in which it belongs, but one of the main advantages of talks.cam is that lists can ‘include’ other lists, so that a given talk will appear wherever people are interested in it.

When you add a talk to a list, the talk will be listed there, and also in any others that include that list. For example, all talks in the list for the “Penguin Seminar Series” might be automatically included in the “Department of Wildfowl” list, as well as in the personal list of anyone in other departments who has previously expressed an interest in penguins or wildfowl. If other people have the same interests as you (perhaps your students), they can include your personal list in theirs, so that they always know what talks you might recommend to them.

If the appropriate home list for your talk does not yet exist, you can create a new list. (To do this, select “Add a new talk or list” from the left-hand menu, then write the new list’s name.) When you create a new list, you become the manager of the list.

Every talk entry names a particular person as the organizer of that talk. When adding a talk, you specify who the organizer is by giving their email address. By default, the organizer will be set to you (the person entering the talk). But you can change the organizer to someone else by editing that email address. For your convenience, talks.cam will offer you a quick-to-click list of the names of the other managers of your list.

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