OZCHI 2008 [ http://www.ozchi.org/ ] was attended by over 130 delegates from Australia and overseas, and incorporated high quality papers, demos, workshops, tutorials, panels, and keynotes embedded in inspiring social activities and against the beautiful, tropical environment of Cairns and Palm Cove. The Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City [http://www.urbaninformatics.net/book/ ], was officially launched at OZCHI 2008 by my colleague Associate Professor Bharat Dave [ http://crida.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=40 ]. I could not have imagined a more appropriate person to launch the book, since Bharat’s transdisciplinary background spans the city and the technology aspects of urban informatics perfectly, and this is also demonstrated by his team’s work in the Critical Research in Digital Architecture [http://crida.net/ ] group at The University of Melbourne. The main prize of the raffle at the conference closing ceremony was a copy of the book, and Floyd Mueller [ http://floydmueller.com/ ] was the lucky winner. Congrats Floyd!

Posted by:  Marcus Foth