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Subject: RE: [chairs] OASIS IRC, and phone bridges

The XRI and XDI TCs also frequently used www.freeconference.com as our
bridge. It's received some press recently as a popular alternative to paid,
reservation-based services. Up to 25 participants can conference for up to 3
hours with no reservation and at no cost (though a toll call).

They have an upgrade to paid service for reservation-based calls, toll-free
numbers, or webconferencing.


-----Original Message-----
From: John M. Greacen [mailto:john@greacen.net] 
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 8:10 PM
To: 'James Bryce Clark'; chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: rob.figenbaum@oasis-open.org
Subject: RE: [chairs] OASIS IRC, and phone bridges

The LegalXML Member Section TCs all use freeconference.com as our bridge.
It is free and we have never had a problem with the service.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Bryce Clark [mailto:jamie.clark@oasis-open.org]
> Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 3:04 PM
> To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
> Cc: rob.figenbaum@oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [chairs] OASIS IRC, and phone bridges
>      Thanks, Kelvin.  Tech staff (principally IT manager Rob Figenbaum)
> gets the thanks for the iRC work.  More to talk about, quite soon.
>      On phones:  global accessibility is a big concern for us also.  On
> the
> other hand, our dues and infrastructure are a fraction of W3 --
> OASIS  traditionally has been thin-client, fiscally and in other ways, by
> design.  On the third hand, the economics of phone service fundamentally
> is
> changing.
>       I know, from painful memory myself, that asking for and managing
> bridges is an annoyance.  More acutely, is it a barrier?  To what extent
> do
> other leaders on this list think that phone bridge economics is a gating
> issue for us?  Is there a distinct issue for big vs. small TCs, or those
> with wider vs. narrower geographic dispersion?
>      Regards JBC
> ~   James Bryce Clark
> ~   Director, Standards Development, OASIS
> ~   jamie.clark@oasis-open.org
> At 01:19 PM 9/22/2005, Kelvin Lawrence wrote:
> >Jamie, I applaud you for doing this. I have found IRC very useful in the
> >W3C meetings I have attended. This is a good sep forward.
> >Related to this, are you making any progress towards having an OASIS
> >provided (does not need to be 800 number) phone bridge for TC meetings?
> >W3C also has this facility and it makes the life of the chair so much
> >easier (as opposed to having to keep asking for people to sponsor calls)
> >Cheers
> >Kelvin
> >WSS TC co-chair
> >Kelvin R. Lawrence
> >Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Emerging Internet Software Standards
> >Member of the IBM Academy of Technology
> >IBM Software Group. 11400 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758.
> >BLOG: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/dw_blog.jspa?blog=730

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