The Flickr of Slideshows

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Have you discovered SlideShare?:
[Via Gurteen Knowledge-Log]
By David Gurteen

Have you discovered SlideShare yet? I post all my public powerpoint presentations to it and there is even a Knowledge Management group on the site with 130 slideshows.

You can see my slideshows here.

Better still you can embed people’s slideshows in your blog or personal website just as you can with YouTube. Here is an example:

Until we get Flash working correctly, you have to view this directly at David’s Slideshare site.

Just as the ability to post photos online, and share them with others, so Slideshare allows people to share their presentations. While not a wonderful as being there, it is a very good way to see how others are presenting information. I expect that scientific conferences will begin to use something similar. At the moment, you can go to some, such a the Pacific Symposia on Biocomputing, and see the written materials for each of the last several years. Having slides would be very nice also.

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  1. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to present a 30 minute talk that I’ve given as an online document. So far, the best I’ve come up with is a long (many would say overly long) blog entry. Slideshare has been suggested, but it doesn’t really impress me. I’ve always been taught (and firmly believe) that a good speaker does not just read the text off of their own slides. Given that, it’s hard to really understand the details of a talk without the speaker’s words. Slideshare lets you put a big pile of text further down the page from your slideshow, but I don’t think that’s any better than just putting it all up on a blog.

    Also, the site has some major technical issues, at least in my hands. I spent two days trying to figure out why my 20 MB PowerPoint file was declared to be too big (limit is supposed to be 30 MB). Then, the next day the same file uploaded just fine. But now it’s apparently in “processing” limbo, having been there for 18 plus hours with no end in sight.

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