I’m excited to announce that this month I’ll be hosting the first GOSH Welcome Call! It will take place on August 15 at 10:00 UTC.
I am piloting this series of welcome calls to take the place of the open hours - it’ll be a bit more structured and feature an onboarding presentation for new members of the GOSH Community. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion, so that way those who are new to GOSH have the opportunity to find out more about us!
The Welcome Calls will take place once a month, and you can see a schedule for upcoming calls here.
I agree w/ the point that open source solutions are always nicer, more in this context, but maybe you need to breath a few times, do some yoga or something and double check how you are treating other humans before writing the first thing that comes to your mind.
There has been a previous discussion on this topic:
That led to the suggestion to set up and trial a free software alternative to ensure that it can offer a solution that works reliably. We have people from around the world joining for sometimes reasonably large calls (20+) and Zoom provides a good experience for participants, including those joining from phones in places with limited bandwidth.
There has been a group meeting periodically to look into this and other free software tools for the GOSH Community:
To date, we don’t have a tried and tested free software alternative to Zoom that we’re confident will work as seamlessly. Some GOSH community calls therefore use Zoom, particularly the public-facing ones. Providing opportunities for people to talk to each about open science hardware feels more important than the platform that communication happens on.
The group looking at new apps for GOSH would I’m sure welcome new members willing to help set up and test other options.