We’ve recently been pointed to an interesting and potentially very useful tool for the Greening Events Project.
Lanyrd uses Twitter to tell you which conferences, workshops and other events are happening in the UK and elsewhere and which friends and colleagues are attending. You can add and track events by seeing what is being tweeted by participants, and export your events as iCal or into your Google calendar (the site is powered by microformats). You can also add slides, videos and audio to sessions as well as linking to books.
In fact a lot of the functionality is similar to the CREW software. CREW is a collaborative project between the the Universities of Manchester, Bristol and Wales, Bangor and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) through the second phase of the Virtual Research Environments (VRE) programme.
Having this sort of shared information would allow people attending from similar locations to make better decisions about travel arrangements, etc or even help decide if you needed to physically attend the event. We’ll be referencing tools such as Lanyrd in the final report so if anyone knows of any similar sites/tools then please let us know.