Jeffrey Ollie jeff at ocjtech.us
Tue Feb 12 19:07:24 UTC 2008

On 2/12/08, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-02-12 at 09:33 -0600, Jeffrey Ollie wrote:
> >
> > If some sort of verbal interaction was desired I think that you'd need
> > to conduct the meeting more like I've seen various school board and
> > city council meetings conducted.    All members of the board would be
> > connected via a SIP client and would have full-duplex audio.  Members
> > of the general public would be able to listen in on the audio
> > streaming site.  If someone had something to present or a question to
> > ask would need to request the floor, probably though a IRC channel.
> > Once granted permission by the chair of the meeting, you'd be sent a
> > private SIP URL to connect to which would give you access to the
> > conference call.  Once your turn at the "microphone" was over the SIP
> > URL would be disabled.
> >
> > Yes, this does limit somewhat a more free-flowing discussion, but it
> > also keeps chaos at bay.
> CC:ing f-a-b since this relates to its readers as well.
> This sounds like a workable solution if we want call-in questions -- do
> we have the technical bits to support it?

Well, we already have an Asterisk server up and running, and it's easy
enough to control access to a conference room through authenticated
SIP connections.  I'm working on setting up Flumotion on the Asterisk
box and getting the audio flowing (although having the Flumotion
server on the Asterisk box may or may not be the best final location).
 There are a number of SIP clients in Fedora that seem to work well
for people.  The scripts for creating/deleting private SIP URLs to
allow guests to speak to the board will need to be developed but
shouldn't be too complex.


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