Meeting Technology

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Dryad meetings use a variety of technologies for remote participation. To determine the best technology for a meeting, follow the flowchart below.


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  1. The video Polycom device is useful for meetings when high-quality video is required for a small number of participants -- it should probably be included in the flowchart.
  2. Marratech is much better than Adobe Connect when more than 3 participants need to send video. However, Marratech has two major drawbacks:
    • NESCent does not have a license for it -- so only use it when meetings include participants from NCEAS.
    • First-time setup is error-prone and time-consuming -- so it should only be used for recurring meetings.
  3. iChat is better than Skype when video is used. However, it only works when all participants are using Macs.

Site-specific restrictions

David Shotton can only use phone or Skype.

The British Library has relatively strict controls (we need to investigate the exact nature of these).