[Osmf-talk] New URL for meeting | Re: OSMF & Video Chat | Re: Next OSMF board meeting on Friday 17 April 2020, at 17:00 London time

Rory McCann rory.mccann at osmfoundation.org
Thu Apr 16 16:54:11 UTC 2020

Unfortunately the server the BBB server was hosted on crashed, and BBB 
needed to be reinstalled. All the data was lost. Which means if you 
created an account before, it's gone and you need to re-create it.

The April 2020 Board Meeting will be at this URL:


It's been configured for open access, you do not need an account to view 
it. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.


On 11.04.20 21:55, Rory McCann wrote:
> The on-going [Coronoavirus/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 
> pandemic](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic) 
> is causing a lot of in-person events to be cancelled or changed, 
> especially in Europe (where I am). The Board's own [“face-to-face” 
> meeting in 
> London](https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2020-03-F2F) 
> became a virtual “screen-to-screen”, which we used the increasingly 
> popular, yet closed source, [Zoom](https://zoom.us/) service. We found 
> video chat much nicer than the audio-only 
> [Mumble](https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mumble) that the board has 
> been used for years. The board will trial having board meetings on video 
> chat.
> We have arranged a [BigBlueButton](https://bigbluebutton.org/) server to 
> be set up for the Foundation, currently hosted at the temporary URL of 
> [`https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/`](https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/). Our 
> board meetings will be happening in [*The Boardroom* meeting 
> room](https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/user/ror-6j3-kxm). We will continue to 
> have open, public board meetings. 
> [Transparency](https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board_Rules_of_Order#3._Confidentiality_and_Transparency) 
> is important to us. The medium has changed, the commitment to 
> transparency has not.
> Video chat over the internet is famously tricky. We will have a test 30 
> minutes before the April 2020 board meeting in [*The 
> Boardroom*](https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/user/ror-6j3-kxm). The [April 
> 2020 board 
> meeting](https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2020-04) will 
> be on [Friday, 17th of April 2020 at 17:00 London 
> time](https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=OSMF+board+meeting+-+Friday+17+April+2020+&iso=20200417T17&p1=136&ah=1). 
> One or more Board members will connect 30 minutes early (i.e. [Friday, 
> 17th of April 2020 at 16:30 London 
> time](https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=OSMF+board+meeting++Video+Test+Period&iso=20200417T1630&p1=136&ah=1)), 
> and do some “live mapping” or something. You will have the option to 
> connect, and check that your web browser & internet settings are 
> working. If, when the meeting starts, the software doesn't work, we will 
> switch to the our old audio-only 
> [Mumble](https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mumble) meeting set up. BBB 
> has, I think, the option to only have audio. If you are on a slow, or 
> metered, internet connective, then such low bandwidth options are very 
> useful.
> We are currently experimenting with, and investigating the capabilities 
> of, the BigBlueButton Software. Specifically, we want to ensure we can 
> moderate it well. I've been on the internet since dial-up days. Trolls 
> are an unfortunate part of The Internet™. Please, please, [create an 
> account](https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/user/signup) well before the 
> meeting. Please.
> If BBB works well, we hope it will be useful for the wider OpenStreetMap 
> community, not just the Foundation or Board. More details will follow if 
> this software & service works well. Please inform the board/the 
> community/me of your experiences using this.
> Thanks to the Cloud68/[Collective68](https://collective68.tech/) team 
> for their help with setting up & hosting this.
> See you on the intertubes.
> Rory
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