Talks.cam - worked example
How to create a new list on talks.cam - a worked example
1. Log in to talks.cam.
2. Click on 'Create a new list' (on the left hand side of the window).
3. Enter the name of your seminar series,
and a description.
Here's a screenshot showing me
creating the Penguin Seminar Series
4. Does your seminar series or research group have a logo?
If so, you can upload it to talks.cam, and we'll include it
in appropriate places. Don't worry if you haven't got it now,
you can do this later.
Here's how to do it:
a. The best size for the logo is about 120x120 pixels, but we can
work with any size. Any image format is OK.
b. In order for you to upload the logo to talks.cam, the logo
needs to be sitting on the computer that you are using.
c. Click the 'Browse' button
and find the logo on your computer by browsing around your
local file system. (Or if you already know exactly where the
image is on your computer, you can just type in the path.)
5. The 'Ex-directory?' option allows you to create a list that
won't show up when people browse talks.cam. You probably don't want
to select 'ex-directory', so leave this box.
Here's another screenshot
6. Now press 'Save'.
7. Congratulations, you've made a new list.
You should see something like this:
How to add a talk
1. Log in to talks.cam (if you didn't already)
2. Click on 'Add a new talk'
at the left-hand side.
3. Click on the name of the list that is
going to be the home for this talk.
(Penguin Seminar Series, in my case.)
4. Fill in the title, abstract, speaker's email,
and their name and affiliation.
5. If you want someone other than you to be listed
as organiser of this talk, put their email.
6. The 'special message' field is a place
where you can put a message like
'NOTE NON-STANDARD VENUE'
'Every audience member must bring a
Normally you'll leave this field blank.
7. Type in the venue name. Pay attention to
the list of venues
on right hand side of the window as you
write. If it is a
university seminar room, probably
talks.cam already knows the name,
and you can simply click on the correct name.
8. Enter the date and time. When you are
entering the date you may find the automatic
clicky calendar thing helpful.
Here is a screenshot.
9. When you are happy, click 'Save'.
10. OK, you should now be on a page
that looks like this, which
is the page for the particular talk you created.
11. Once you've added a couple of talks, you can
go back to see how your list is shaping
up (click on the name of the list).
It might look like this
Other things you might want to do now
1. If you want to be reminded about
talks in your seminar series, you
should probably tell talks.cam to
add this list you have created
to your personal list of interests.
To do this,
a. get to the list's
page on talks.cam and
click on 'Add to your list(s)'
(just under the title of the series)
(see this screenshot ).
b. It should look like this
click on the box for the top list -
your personal list; then click the
Update button at the bottom of the screen.
2. Would you like anyone else to
be able to manage your new list?
If so, click on 'Edit this list',
scroll down a little, and enter
the email of the other manager.
Maybe you don't just organize a seminar series.
Maybe you have a journal club too?
Let's create a talks.cam list for that
too. Once you are the manager of a couple of
talks, there are some new features we can
Then we'll discuss
how to publicise your talks, and how to
get the contents of your lists to appear
in other webpages.
OK, I've created a second list called
Penguin Journal Club.
Now, let's talk about what you'd like to
do with the wonderful content of your
It seems plausible that you'd like
at least three things:
a webpage listing the talks in your seminar
a second webpage listing the meetings in your
and a third webpage listing all the talks
that your research group is interested in -
the seminars, the journal clubs, and
the major departmental seminars your group
We'll discuss how to make those webpages,
and how to get content included in other
webpages, in a moment.
First, to help us make
third type of webpage, let's create a new list,
a list that includes other lists.
I click 'create a new list' again,
and this time, I make a list called
'Penguin Group Events'.
The plan is, we are going to
'add' the first two lists to
this new list.
To do this, I navigate my way to
'Penguin Seminar Series' (by clicking
on the link under 'Lists that you manage'
Then I select 'Add to your list(s)'.
I check the box called 'Penguin Group Events'
and hit update.
Then going to Penguin Journal
Club, I select 'Add to your list(s)' again,
and again check the box called 'Penguin Group Events'
and hit update.
Now, when I go to Penguin Group Events,
I find listed all the upcoming
events from both lists.
same way, you can add any other lists from talks.cam
to your Group Events list. You don't need to
be a manager of the other lists.
OK, now we are ready for some
exciting web-publishing activity!
Imagine that the Penguin Group does not yet have
its own webpage.
Talks.cam can provide an automated
Click on 'Further details'
then select (underneath 'Other views')
This takes you to a page that allows you to create your own customised view of the list.
It has lots of options, but let's
not get overwhelmed.
Scroll down to part '2. How would you like it to look?', and select
'Basic details with series logos next to each talk';
then scroll down to part '3. How would you like it to be wrapped?'
and select 'With a minimal header and footer'.
As you make these changes, you'll notice that the text at the
bottom of the page magically changes.
It should now say something like:
You can click on the URL straight away, to see how it looks (it should
pop up another window).
Now you can simply grab that URL and use it as your webpage, if you want.
Here are a few more looks that can be achieved by changing the options.
What if you already have your own web-site?
Well, this is where things get really beautiful.
Select the option "For embedding in your web page (we provide the css)",
and you will get a single line of html - it might look like this -
which you should paste into your webpage.
Please visit the pages in table 1 to see the sort of looks you can create.
Different looks can be obtained by changing the options when you ask talks.cam
to give you the html fragment.
You can also vary the look by using your own
style sheet. For example,
the page called compatible_embed
uses the style sheet to change the colour of talk titles received from talks.cam.
uses the style sheet to make the font of all the content received from talks.cam smaller.
As of Sat 29/4/06,
I recommend using these settings to start with:
2. Compatible with old talks listing
3. For embedding in your web page (we provide the css)
Last modified: Wed Apr 26 19:41:55 2006