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Teleconferencing Options on the UGA Campus
There are several teleconferencing options available for both Coweeta LTER and the UGA Anthropology Department. The following article describes the Sustainable Human Ecosystems Laboratory Teleconferencing Room (SHELTR) and other options, including Wimba and Virtual Teleconferencing.
Sustainable Human Ecosystems Laboratory Teleconferencing Room (SHELTR)
SHELTR is capable of providing on-site meeting space for up to 8 participants. Our primary technology for supporting Teleconferencing is GotoMeeting, a subscription service developed by Citrix. GotoMeeting provides support for Voice-over IP, screen sharing across multiple venues, and dial-in participation with a standard long-distance toll number (we do not the pay the premium for the 1-800 number since long-distance is so cheap at UGA). GotoMeeting is capable of supporting participants from 16 distinct locations. To reserve SHELTR for a repeating interval (e.g., for a class), contact both the Information Manager and Lead PI.
At present SHELTR does not provide much in the way of video conferencing support. We do have a basic webcam for one way views of us and we can support point to point video conferencing via Skype and iChat, as well as Virtual Classroom support with the Wimba and Wimba Pronto protocols that are part of UGA's Electronic Learning Commons.
This diagram shows how University System effectively manages traffic and bandwidth to ensure that videoconferencing solutions get priority. Beyond PeachNet and outside USG, you can expect connections with institutions that, like UGA, are part of Internet-2, and therefore have high-bandwidth connections. Beyond that, "Best Effort," roughly translates into "Best of Luck." UGA will do what it can to help you if there are problems connecting with outside parties, but UGA's Internet-1 bandwidth is often operating near its limit and there are many circumstances beyond UGA's control in that environment.