[OSGeo-Discuss] Inaugural webinar of "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series on 18th October

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Oct 18 08:36:50 PDT 2013

Barry, Margarita et al,

Could you please help us by providing webinar system for our Webinar series. We can set up a small committee to get work started on this and we need experts like you to help provide us with a webinar system for our needs. I will be in contact with you both to get this work started and looking forward to your contributions.


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From: b.rowlingson at gmail.com [mailto:b.rowlingson at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Barry Rowlingson
Sent: 18 October 2013 16:24
To: Margherita Di Leo; Suchith Anand
Cc: Miles Fidelman; discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Inaugural webinar of "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series on 18th October

On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM, Margherita Di Leo <dileomargherita at gmail.com> wrote:

> That said, my point is that the technology used for deliver OSGeo's 
> message is not a mere detail. Of course, the best choice would be to 
> use an open source software for that, honestly I'm not aware if there 
> are any (reliable).

 The proprietary and commercial solutions are hardly reliable either!
We used Webex for FOSS4G 2013 committee meetings, and it would drop people, or not let me use computer sound and so on. Plus it tended to crash my browser and needed an exact JVM to work reliably.

The open source conferencingythings I know of include BigBlueButton and OpenMeetings, the latter of which is now an Apache Foundation


which should be something we as an open source community should get behind in a big way.

 I've suggested projects try these things but The Powers That Be end up going with Webex or Skype because thats what they've used in the past, and maybe its less server setup and so on. But when I'm king of everything...

> But, whatever platform you choose, should IMHO at very least not 
> discriminate against Linux users, which are often constrained to use 
> tricks to access other services elsewhere.. because it's simply 
> exhausting [1], and we shouldn't expect to be discriminated against by 
> those who are supposed to deliver the very same message that we do.

 +1 "Geo For All Except Linux Users"? No thanks!

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