In all fairness, I think companies often feel they have to release polished videos that have gone through a relatively thorough editing process and then have to justify the ROI associated with paying to have the videos created and edited. And the reality is that 30-60 minute filmed presentations often get just a handful of YouTube views.
Nonetheless, it's impressive that FOSDEM gets all this posted. It's especially nice because, even if you were there, so much is going on at the same time and it's often so hard to get into rooms that it's nice to catch up on anything you really wanted to see but missed.
Except for crowd control. That will never improve ;-)
Unfortunately, they do not report annual accounts to the National Bank  so I can't check. They do not seem to have financial statements online, which is a pity.
(I started fosdem, and keeping it a volunteer event was always a priority. I'm not active in the organisation these days, but got the confirmation this week-end that none of the team gets paid)
P.S. Thank you for starting such a successful endeavour.
There is nothing inherently bad in getting paid, it's just that it's cooler when everyone knows that FOSDEM is a real volunteer-organized event.
I had not assumed anything regarding payment in that context.
But googling around for definitions does lead to the conclusion that “staff” == “employed” and “employed” == “paid”.
I guess you could use the second definition of staff to mean “close representative” although that definition seems to be from the army. (“A general and their staff”)
TLDR: Current setup is some Frankenstein monster of various black boxes (scaler, encoder, splitter etc) that uses a Banana Pi with annoying restrictions. They are developing a bespoke solution that should be far smaller, cheaper and without the annoying restrictions.
I attended and spoke at FOSDEM for the first time this year (you can see my talk here https://fosdem.org/2020/schedule/event/riscv_lowrisc/) and was very impressed at the video setup. I got a link the same day to edit the video. You get a simple interface (watch video, adjust end points, choose audio channel) and after confirming everything looks good it gets transcoded and uploaded in short order (I reviewed my talk around 8pm the day I gave it, think it was available from 8:30).
I think the atmosphere is definitely worth it.
Not always. The one time I tried on the morning of the first day it was full.
In the US, universities have been forced under the ADA  to take down videos of old lectures because they were not closed captioned. Does Europe (the videos are hosted in Belgium, at least according to MaxMind's GeoIP database) have anything similar?
"The Justice Department, following an investigation, in August determined that the university was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. The department reached that conclusion after receiving complaints from two employees of Gallaudet University, saying Berkeley’s free online educational content was inaccessible to blind and deaf people because of a lack of captions, screen reader compatibility and other issues."
The ADA does not apply in Europe but I have no idea what Belgian/EU laws there are.
edit: For example, https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahkim/2019/11/29/harvard-uni...
> and any new university created audio or video
it doesn't seem like it would require removing blanket access to archived lectures.
Others have been DOJ rulings. A couple employees of Gallaudet University (a school for deaf people) filed a complaint with the DOJ against UC Berekely  over 20000 videos that Berkeley had made available to the public. The DOJ investigated, told Berkeley that it was violating the ADA, and ordered Berkeley to make the 20000 videos in question accessible.
Berkeley instead made the rational decision to remove access to the videos. That was rational because most of the videos were not being used by Berkeley students or staff. They were mostly just being used by the general public. It would have cost a lot of money to make them all accessible, money that they felt could be better used on things Berkeley students and staff were using. They could only justify captioning old videos when deaf Berkeley students or staff wanted to watch them.
As a result, I didn't get much of what we were being told at the end. My friends shamed me a bit for complaining about sound quality to the person who gave us delicious cupcakes at the exit. If that was someone here, my apologies!
Second time in a row for me, I'm pretty sure I'll attend next year as well. Maybe not so much for the talks, but I had some great fun in BoF rooms as well, and there are a few sprints during the week that I will try to attend next time. Also, going by bus (11h) was a bad idea, I should at least have taken a day off.
Last year, I visited building K (with the welcome desk and the information leaflets) near the end of the last day, which I regretted a lot, as it was packed with practical info. If that's your first time as well, maybe start there?
Looking forward to an official Matrix room as well as https://nav.fosdem.org next year :)
The Friday before we went to a bar with colleagues, we ended up going back to the hotel around 5AM to wake up at 8AM... And then we had a 3 hours trip to go back, and I was working the next day. I should have taken days off too haha.
I was pretty excited during the Linux on Smartphone talk when the guys asked how many people were running Android and almost everybody raised their hands, then he said he would expect most of these people to run Linux at FOSDEM 2021.
Nice to have the videos indeed!