On Friday, October 21, 2005 03:14:48 AM +1300 Andrew McGregor
On 20/10/2005, at 11:25 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
It's very hard to get those data. We've tried looking
at how many local first-time attendees from (say) Korea
later became regular attendees but the data are hard to
state in any meaningful way and the time constants are
long (years). There is no objective way to identify 'primary
contributors' other than by assuming the regular attendees are
We certainly know that going a long way from most places,
as we did in Adelaide, impacts attendance significantly -
but my recollection is that Adelaide was a very successful
meeting in terms of WGs making progress.
As a data point, I'm now a regular attendee, and that is entirely
because the Adelaide meeting was within the radius of where I could
travel just to see if participating would be useful. As it turned out,
it was and has been useful, certainly to me and my company and I'd hope
to the IETF.
Pittsburgh's not as exotic a locale as Adelaide, but it had the same effect
for me -- attending a local meeting is what got me active in the IETF.
-- Jeffrey T. Hutzelman (N3NHS) <jhutz+(_at_)cmu(_dot_)edu>
Sr. Research Systems Programmer
School of Computer Science - Research Computing Facility
Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
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