[J3] Thanks for a successful meeting!

Steve Lionel steve at stevelionel.com
Thu Oct 15 10:32:14 EDT 2020

I'll admit that I didn't know what to expect from our first-ever virtual 
J3 meeting, but I thought (and many of you seem to agree) that it went 
very well. We had more participants than at any Vegas meeting in memory, 
we got a lot accomplished, knocking off two work items and fourteen 
UTIs, plus several interps. (There are a few papers that I think are 
awaiting "Post", so there may be more UTIs resolved.)

In the J3 forum, I created a new section for resolved UTIs, and moved 
two work items to the Closed section.

I have audio and video recordings of the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. 
The videos are huge (1GB and 760MB) and, annoyingly, don't show any 
participant names, especially for those who joined without video. I plan 
to make the audio recordings available in the Meeting Files part of the 
J3 site (I created a Recordings folder there), but I need to split them 
up as even they are too large to upload or download directly (limitation 
of the Pydio software I am using.)

It seems clear that our February meeting will be virtual as well. I have 
opened a poll on the J3 discussion board 
(https://j3-fortran.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=60) with some options 
for scheduling - please take a look and offer your opinion.

Looking forward, it seems to me that having the J3 meetings virtual 
solves a lot of problems for us. More people can participate and we 
don't have to worry about paying for a large meeting room and/or 
teleconferencing equipment. Even if we resume physical meetings, we need 
to provide a way for people to participate remotely. I do think there 
are real benefits from physical meetings, but I suspect that even for 
the next year we may have to forgo them. Even the June 2021 WG5 meeting 
is at risk due to the pandemic lasting longer than any of us 
anticipated, but no decision has been made on that yet. We WILL have a 
WG5 meeting, even if it has to be virtual.

Good job, everyone!


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