Google Hangout as communication between mappers

Posted by escada on 4 October 2013 in English (English)

== English version below ==

De eerste sessie is afgelopen. Samen met Eric & Gilbert over een aantal plugins, presets en kaarttekenstijlen gegaan en de building configuration. Verder vooral de nadruk op het toevoegen van gebouwen en huisnummers. We hebben alledrie weer wat bijgeleerd !

Een toffe manier om te communiceren met mensen die wat verder wonen. Voor herhaling vatbaar.

The first session is over. Together with Eric & Gilbert we talked about our JOSM configuration (plugins, presets, map styles, building configuration). Most of the time was spend on efficient ways to draw buildings and housenumbers. There was something new for the three of us.

A nice way to communicate with people that live further apart. Will be repeated.

Comment from redsteakraw on 5 October 2013 at 01:00

I don't see relying on Google as being a good thing. With the recent information Google has been complicit in betraying it's userbase. Furthermore relying on proprietary solutions leads to too much dependence and in a situation where you need them more than they need you and they can change or drop the service(as Google recently has done with their feed reader). Now what other options are there? Mumble is one, while it is mostly voice, it is almost like a voice IRC and can easily be exported and saved as records for later. It uses the new Opus codec which allows CD quality voice at low bandwidth and low latency you really feel like you are in the same room the latency is so low.

Comment from escada on 5 October 2013 at 05:53

We really needed the screen sharing, voice alone is not enough. If google stops this service, we'll have to find another provider. But this problem is true for every provider, even ones you have to pay for. There is no way you can tell that what you are using today, will exist next month.

Although Mumble is open source, nobody knows whether it is still supported when the next OS version arrives and breaks Mumble.

And nothing beats getting together in person. Belgium is a small country, with a rather small community, so we still have to travel quite a few kilometers (not comparable to US of course) to get together. This is not always possible.

Comment from escada on 5 October 2013 at 14:59

That seems to offer the same capabilities, thanks a lot for the link.

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