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November 12, 2007 - 1:31am
The following comments I also put on the NCRA forum. Read and let me know what you-all think.
I've been talking with some other reporters about putting together a very technical seminar involving as many software vendors as possible with reps as well as all of the companies that produce software for attorneys to use to view realtime feeds from reporters.
I'm interested to know who all would be:
1. Interested in attending such a seminar?
2. What vendors would be interested in attending.
We are very interested in getting vendors who are prepared to work with us in making sure their software, be it reporting or viewing, works with each other and also how to ensure that the attendees are able to comfortably set up their laptops and be able to hook up to each vendor that chooses to attend.
We are also going to explore ways to use new technology such as Boxcloud or Hamachi and other programs with our current software and how to make them work for each reporting program.
This is not going to be a seminar that is designed to make one program look better or look worse than another one. We want to be able to make sure that all attendees are able to understand all software, especially viewing software, and how it works with their particular equipment.
I'm thinking of a central location in the U.S., such as Dallas or Kansas City, so that we are equadistant to each side of the U.S. Now, if the interested parties are interested in a West Coast/East Coast deal, we would probably consider that.
We have all done the realtime seminars and how to write realtime. Let's take it beyond that and become proficient in the technology of providing this service to clients. These seminars aren't necessarily designed for a new reporter. Anyone is able to attend and we wont' turn anyone down, but this is for those of us who provide realtime services on a very regular basis and want to share what we've learned with those who may not quite be comfortable with how to do this.
By getting all the vendors to send reps with a working knowlege of their software, we should be able to work out many issues and figure out a lot of how each software is working with all of the equipment. If the vendors are going to take the position of not wanting to do this, then I'm wasting my time and your time.
I'm calling on all vendors to consider this and have the attitude that you're helping promote the profession of court reporting and technology. Let me be clear on who I'm talking about, just in case there is confusion.
Livenote, 1360 Studios, Caseview, Eclipse, Case Catalyst, DigitalCat, ProCat, BoxCloud, XSteno, and anyone else who wants to bring their programs or products that can help in a joint effort to educate all of the reporters who attend. Hopefully, and this is not to be looked on as bad, but we might also be able to discover issues that one vendor might discover that they can then go back and adjust or fix to make their software better.
It's time for a seminar like this and I feel very strongly about this and hope that others have the same feelings. If enough reporters who feel the same as I do step up, this will be a huge success for all of the profession and not for one person.
We hope that this kind of seminar will work so well, that we can then perhaps plug it into a seminar with NCRA or some of the state associations and tailor it to fit whatever group is being addressed. But we feel that this first time might be the best way to handle it to get it started.
We don't have a plan on a date as of yet because there are many, many things to work out. The way we do it is still in discussion and it may even involve doing this through a VTC as well as live. There are still too many variables to set anything in stone at this point.
Thanks for taking the time to read and consider this and I look forward to thoughts or concerns or whatever anyone has to say about the matter.
Thanks in advance,