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As of 28-April-2017, the decade-long tradition of weekly Developer Forums has come to an end. The increased use of OpenMRS Talk and the emergence of project-specific squads has reduced the need for weekly phone calls for developers. Please see our OpenMRS Calendar, weekly What's Happening post on Talk, or squad/team pages for more information on squad/team meetings.


Why

We have this weekly forum to provide an hour of high-bandwidth communication amongst people involved or interested in OpenMRS development.  While we regularly communicate in IRC and on OpenMRS Talk, this forum provides a space for general discussions relevant to OpenMRS Development.

When

Thursday (excluding holidays) from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US/Eastern (changing with daylight saving time).  Not in the US/Eastern timezone?  Convert US Eastern Time to your local time zone.

Who

Anyone working on OpenMRS development that is interested in discussing technical aspects around OpenMRS – whether you have a topic to discuss or just want to listen in.  If you are doing any development on OpenMRS, this is your forum.


Be prepared

Please be respectful of other attendees' time. If you are scheduled to present, please make sure you test your system's settings ahead of time and ensure you can share you screen. It is open at all times during the week for testing purposes.

How to Join

Community meetings and events use one of two conferencing tools: Uberconference or Zoom. Below is general information and helpful hints for connecting to a conference call or meeting.


OpenMRS Meetings

Be Prepared for Your Meeting

  • Confirm the conference connection information for your meeting. This information can be found in the meeting or event details on our OpenMRS Calendar, weekly What's Happening Talk post, and on a squad or team's Wiki page.
  • Consider connecting via telephone/VoIP for best audio quality.
  • If connecting via computer, be sure your network has the audio/video bandwidth you need.
  • Before attending or presenting via computer, try the web browser microphone/speaker test.
  • Read the UberConference support pages for troubleshooting or contact them in case of problems.

Be Considerate of Others

  • Please be on time for your meeting, and end on time.
  • Be sure to confirm (and add) your meeting time on the Community Meeting Calendar to ensure others aren't using the service at the same time.
  • Please don't schedule meetings "back to back". Allow time for one meeting to wrap up before the next meeting begins.

Hints for using Zoom:

  • Use the Zoom short link to join a call quickly
  • If you are ever prompted for a passcode, simply respond with "1"
  • If you are directed to the “Indiana University Login” page, try to Join a Meeting - Zoom, put in the meeting code (available in the event detail on our calendar), and then using our passcode when prompted. You can also try using the Zoom app on your mobile or desktop.

Hints for using Uberconference calls:

  • We have one, shared Uberconference number. Please check our calendar to make sure the Uberconference link is available before scheduling a call using Uberconference.
  • The conference line is a shared resource for our community's use in our open source projects. Please do not use it for 3rd-party or personal meetings.
  • Uberconference currently does not support screen share. If you plan to share screens and want to record the screen share, consider using Zoom instead. 

Meeting Notes

2018

February 22 - OpenMRS Sync 2.0 (Tomasz Mueller)


 

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Suggested Topics

Feel free to join us on a forum and make your suggestion for a future agenda item.  Or you can make a suggestion in the OpenMRS Talk forum.


9 Comments

  1. -1 for manual tending of agenda links :-)

  2. -1 for showing agenda in long lists of page names :-)

    Until we get around to making a Confluence plugin for presenting agenda links in a brief calendar format I used this little Groovy script (can be run in the Groovy Web Console) to auto-generate the calendar markup.  I suppose a user macro could do the same if someone wanted to code it.

    /*
    Generate calendar of Confluence wiki links for weekly meetings
    
    This is a handy little script for generating wiki markup for a bunch
    of links to weekly meeting minutes.  It demonstrates some Groovy
    Calendar fun along with some Groovy date range fun.
    */
    import static java.util.Calendar.*
    startDate = Calendar.instance
    endDate = Calendar.instance
    
    // Define date range for links
    startDate.set 2005, NOVEMBER, 3
    endDate.time += 30 // go up to 30 days in the future
    
    // Define format of page name
    pageName = "%tY-%<tm-%<td Developers Conference Call"
    
    date = Calendar.instance
    month = year = -1
    firstDay = true
    (startDate.time..endDate.time).step(7) // range of dates for each week
    .sort{ a,b -> a.year==b.year && a.month==b.month ? a <=> b : -(a <=> b) } // year/month desc, day asc
    .each{ d ->
      date.time = d
      dateMonth = date.get(MONTH)
      dateYear = date.get(YEAR)
      
      if (year != dateYear) {
        print "\n{expand}\n\n{expand:$dateYear}"
        year = dateYear
      }
      if (month != dateMonth) {
        print String.format("\n* %tb: ", date.time)
        month = dateMonth
        firstDay = true
      }
      if (!firstDay) print " | "
      print "[${date.get(DAY_OF_MONTH)}|${String.format(pageName,date.time)}]"
      firstDay = false
      date.time -= 7
    }
    
    1. +2 for groovy, which makes net +1. (thumbs up)

  3. Can I join this? through Skype?

    1. Neither of the technologies we use (Adobe Connect or UberConference) support Skype.  UberConference uses WebRTC, which allows it to run in any decent browser (i.e., anything except Internet Explorer).  Adobe Connect uses a plugin that is compatible with most systems and in most cases will run embedded in the browser.

      Alternatively, you can dial into the UberConference call (+1-888-510-4073) directly from Skype using pay-as-you-go for $1.38 USD per one-hour call (2.3¢/min) or unlimited calling for $3 USD/month.

  4. Looks like the time  See the event in your timezone. link translates to a wrong time for Africa/Kampala by indicating it as 05:00 PM instead of 06:00 PM for 10:00 AM, i hope the issue is with the automation involved, Michael Downey, had youu noticed this before?

    1. Thanks Kaweesi Joseph. Please note the date in the link provided, which explains the problem: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (smile) 

      Please join my campaign to get all OpenMRS meeting using UTC! The US will change to daylight saving time this coming Sunday so the relative time will sadly again change. Sorry for the confusion!

      1. Actually, that link is what this page link directed to today when i clicked Michael Downey, is it about changing the time references to UTC and re-configuring the links?

        1. I changed the link above to be more generic. The UTC thing is more of a community agreement that needs to be reached. Some of our meetings are UTC-based, some are time-zone specific. (smile)