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8th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM2007), Barcelona, Spain, September 6-7

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It has been a while since I last mentioned over here an interesting Knowledge Management conference that I would want to go to, but that I can’t for whatever the reason. Well, in the last few weeks I have found another one: the 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM2007) that will be taking place in Barcelona, Spain, on September 6th – 7th 2007.

Yes, that is right, the ECKM 2007 conference would be one of those really cool events that I would want to go to, but that, unfortunately, I will not be able to. At least, not initially. I first heard about it from David Gurteen, who mentioned to me in a Skype chat, he was going to be there. Then I went into the official Web site and checked out the impressive agenda put together thus far and it really made me think about wanting to go. Desperately. What a fantastic line-up of KM topics!

If you check out the agenda itself, you would be able to see the wide area of areas and topics covered related to Knowledge Management, and although there doesn’t seem to be lots of interest, nor sessions, on social computing per se I still think it would be one of those events that I would seriously consider going to. It is always good to know what is happening at the other side, don’t you think? Although if you come to check some of the sessions and also some of the lunches put together social computing and social software *is* going to be on the table.

Alas, and like I mentioned above, I will not be able to make it this time around. The price tag seems to be rather expensive, unfortunately, for me to pay it as an individual, since I doubt my organisation would be able to finance it. And to make things even more difficult, I am actually going to be on holidays!! in Barcelona!!! How cool is that?

Yes, that is right. I already got the flight tickets and the hotel booked and will be there from September 5th till the 16th, enjoying one of my favourite cities of the world that I haven’t seen in a few years. Last time I was there I was still living in The Netherlands. And somehow I thought it would be appropriate to come back at that time of the year, since the weather would still be nice and, hopefully, things would be a bit quieter, after the holiday period.

And then you have got the ECKM 2007 event! Goodness! How much of a coincidence is that? Well, not much. Because I already planned to be in Barcelona around that same week, but instead of arriving later in the week I thought I would be arriving earlier so that I may be able to catch up with folks before, during or after the conference.

As I said, I am not going to attend the conference for some of the reasons I mentioned above, mainly the price tag, but it would surely be really cool if any of the regular readers of this weblog, who may be coming along, would want to get together to go for a drink and some lovely tapas. That would be really nice, wouldn’t it? That with the excuse of the ECKM 2007 conference and me being on holidays over there we would get a chance to meet up, enjoy a couple of drinks and catch up with each in real life.

Thus are you going to be there? Will you want to get together? If, yes, feel free to drop a comment over here or contact me offline and we will arrange something. Oh, and if you are new to this weblog, but still going to the conference and wanting to meet up let me know as well. Why not? It’s got to start somewhere, right?

(I am not sure just yet how much I would be able to continue with my blogging activities while I am there, since I am currently debating taking the computer with me or not. Still undecided. Not to worry, though, if I take it, it is not going to be because of work, but because of processing the huge amount of pictures I will be taking from one of the most breath-taking European cities out there!! Hello Barcelona! Here I come!)

Oh, oh, and here is an appetiser for you:

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  1. Hi Xavier! You are on! I wasn’t sure if you would be in town while I am there, so knowing you will be, there is no excuse, heh. I will give you a call when I get there and see when we could meet up. Look forward to it!

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