Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-12 Thread Lucas Werkmeister
For what it’s worth, Wikimedia Germany is in full work-from-home mode starting next Monday, and a lot of many employees have already gradually started working from home over the past days (apart from those who work remotely anyways, of course). Announcement (in German):

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-12 Thread James Heilman
Agree 100% with Risker. Now is not the time to be taking risk. I would be much happier if a year from now we looked back and said we overreacted than if we looked back to realize we did not react enough. James On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 8:27 AM Rebecca O'Neill wrote: > The Irish government have

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-12 Thread Rebecca O'Neill
The Irish government have closed all schools, childcare facilities, colleges, universities and other public institutions until 29 March. The current advice is not to have any gatherings of 100 people, but everyone I had planned events with for the next month has decided to cancel/postpone even at

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-12 Thread Dariusz Jemielniak
Dear Risker, Many thanks for sharing - I know you're a professional in the field. This is pretty much what we're doing as the WMF, and the affiliates surely can follow suit. All universities I'm currently affiliated with (Harvard, MIT, Kozminski) cancelled all classes and move to virtual

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-11 Thread Risker
Regardless of what platforms people might want to use for virtual meetings, it is my personal opinion that all movement organizations, groups (formal and informal) and the WMF itself immediately stop meeting in person. For the movement entities that have offices, work-from-home should be the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Chico Venancio
My only hangup with jitsi is the design choice (that zoom used to have) to drop new attendees with mic and camera default to open as the default. I know it is now possible to change this on a per meeting level, but the fact that sometimes it isn't me setting up the meeting made me go with Google

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Sam Wilson
Jitsi is also integrated into Riot (the Matrix client). I was in a group trying it out a couple of weeks ago, and it worked really well. If there are two people in a room, it uses a direct connection, and if there are three or more it uses Jitsi (both inside the Riot interface, so there's no

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Gergő Tisza
On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 9:22 AM Fæ wrote: > Separately I prefer Google hangouts for a very bad internet connection > (under 10 mb/s) which is more forgiving than Zoom or Skype as it seems > to be better at brown-out conditions. Google hangouts is probably a > bit easier for the average volunteer

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Dariusz Jemielniak
I am a big fan of open source, and setting up a Jitsi conference is a solution that I often default too (with a bonus of having the possibility to have easy placeholders, e.g. meet.jit.si/WikimediaSummit best, dj On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:05 AM Yaroslav Blanter wrote: > For a setting with a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread
I encourage UK wikimedians to test out group meeting tools, if only to be in a strong position to share experiences and recommendations with other groups as to the practicalities of substituting meet ups with virtual events. This is a subject that gets discussed at *every* Wikimania but there is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Gnangarra
See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiProject_remote_event_participation on possible options and available materials, its not perfect and there are mechanics and costs that individual events need to addressed but hopefully it'll help as a starting point On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 at 23:05, Yaroslav

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread Yaroslav Blanter
For a setting with a lot of presentations and questions Zoom should work fine https://zoom.us/?zcid=2314=359453254254=%2Bzoom%20online%20%2Bmeeting=b=g=c=EAIaIQobChMIsI2o0JaQ6AIVBc13Ch0VxwqZEAAYASAAEgJs0_D_BwE but of course it would not provide any interaction between participants. Best

[Wikimedia-l] Practical implications of Coronavirus

2020-03-10 Thread WereSpielChequers
At last Sunday's London Meetup we discussed the situation and while not wanting to seem over cautious (we were of course the dozen who'd decided to attend). We realised that there was a good chance that the April and even May meetings might need to go virtual. Is there a recommended software