The amazing [Barcamp]( initiative has finally made it to Australia. A Barcamp is (in the main wiki’s words) ‘an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment’. They’ve been around for the last couple of years and have been held at dozens, if not hundreds, of locations worldwide. They’re mainly aimed at free-culture and open-access enthusiasts, but everyone’s welcome, as long as they’re ready to give a presentation, run a session or contribute in some other way.

The first [Australian Barcamps]( are scheduled to be held in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra on 3-4 March, and should be an exciting chance to get to meet other people with common interests and exchange ideas. They’re looking for volunteers, too – sign up on the [wiki](