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  • Supports Windows, OS X, tablets, and phones
  • Group video conferencing with up to 25 participants (6 concurrent HD video users and 19 audio users)
  • Screen sharing
  • Web-based, automatic plugin download for PC/Mac

NCEAS has two single-host (Organizer), 25 user maximum (6 video + 19 audio users) accounts for GoToMeeting.

  • Organizer Seat 1: - we are typically going to use this account for working groups
  • Organizer Seat 2: - for everything else
  • Passwords: (ask Computing Support team)


Anyone with the above Organizer Seat/Password has Organizer status by default, and can Host a Meeting, or Log-in and Schedule a Meeting. We typically schedule a meeting in Google Calendar (GC), see below.

Once a meeting is scheduled, a unique ID is provided for that meeting, looking something like: 100-900-700

This ID is both

  • the Access Code for dialing-in to a meeting via toll number and
  • the Meeting ID code to enter when using the Web or a dedicated GoToMeeting app (e.g. for iPad or Android)

Note that an Organizer must be present to initiate, and continue a meeting, but the Organizer role can be passed from a current Organizer to another once it is started, and a meeting can have several participants in the Organizer role. This allows an original Organizer who must leave a meeting early to pass the torch on to another meeting participant for extended discussion.

Scheduling and starting a GoToMeeting session

For Working Groups and residents to use our GoToMeeting service, someone (typically an Organizer) with appropriate authentication can schedule and/or initiate the meeting. This is currently Ginger, the directors and the computing support team.

The preferred method is that an NCEAS' staff person (as above) can schedule and initiate the meeting ⇒

  1. Receive a request from a working group or resident to schedule a meeting. The request should come in through which currently goes to Ginger, Jordan, and Thomas.
  2. Use Google Chrome with the GoToMeeting for Google Calendar extension or Mozilla Firefox with the GoToMeeting for Google Calendar Add-On
  3. Log in with the Organizer Seats gotomeeting1@nceas or gotomeeting2@nceas
  4. Create or edit a Google Calendar event
    • Add G2M Resource 1 or G2M Resource2 under Rooms, etc
    • Click the Add button in the GoToMeeting plugin area
      • It will create a new meeting and fill in the information, including Meeting ID, in the Description box
    • Remove (Google Hangout) video call
    • Add the meeting participants: GuestsEnter email addressesAdd
    • Save the event
      • It will ask if you want to Send Invitations to the meeting participants
  5. Start the meeting as an Organizer at the scheduled time.
  6. Pass on Organizer status to the meeting leader so that the NCEAS person can leave the meeting
  7. If you need to cancel a GoToMeeting session
    • Go back to editing the Google Calendar event
    • Use the Remove button in the GoToMeeting plugin area
      • It will delete the meeting and remove the description
    • Delete the event, if necessary

or if, for example, some group wants to convene a meeting during off-hours (e.g. 8PM, or a Saturday) the following method can also work ⇒

  1. Temporarily change the password*.
  2. Share this with a designated Organizer for the meeting, who would probably be a leader or other designated liaison from a legitimate NCEAS-hosted project (e.g. SNAP, OHI, Arctic Options, etc.).
  3. Have the WG leader schedule and/or host the meeting for the group her/himself.
  4. Whoever (e.g. Ginger, or member of our computing staff) provides the temporary password, is responsible for changing it back soon afterwards, to our default secret account password. The one situation we want to avoid is multiple people (e.g. Working Group leaders) knowing our temporary passwords, so that they might schedule or convene meetings without informing us beforehand, as this could lead to conflicts between scheduled meetings and unscheduled ones.

*Passwords must be 8-32 chars, and include letters and numbers. As the temporary password could be forgotten, and is intended to be temporary (only used for allowing some group to hold one meeting) when communicated to the designated Organizer, using clear-text in email is permissible, and a cc: should be provided to

New workflow draft

Google+ Hangouts with Premium Features

Residents with an Google Apps for Education account have Google+ Hangouts integrated into their webmail and calendar. Google+ Hangout meetings support 15 video users if started from an NCEAS Google Calendar account, or 10 video users if started any other way.


  • Supports Windows, OS X, Linux, tablets, and phones
  • Group video conferencing with up to 15 concurrent HD video users
  • Unlimited meeting rooms
  • Screen sharing
  • Web-based, no download required on PC/Mac/Linux
  • Live stream to thousands with Hangouts on Air

There are several ways to start a meeting:

  • Create a hangout at
  • Schedule a video call in Google Calendar
  • Clicking on a user's name in the Hangouts sidebar in Gmail
  • From the Google+ Hangouts App from your desktop or mobile device


NCEAS has an account for WebEx Meetings Free, 3 people per meeting.

  • Initiate meeting at:
  • Account Name:
  • Account Password: (ask Computing Support team)
  • Web-based
  • Up to 3 users
  • Impressions are that audio is not as consistently clear as GoToMeeting


  • Supports Windows, OS X, Linux, tablets, and phones
  • Group video conferencing is now supported with a free account
  • Up to 10 concurrent video users

H.263 TCP/IP

NCEAS has a Polycom VSX 7000e video conferencing system available to engage in face-to-face meetings with multiple collaborating sites. Remote sites must have a H.263 compatible device or software, frequently this is another Polycom unit.

Other Services

NCEAS has a variety of laptops, projectors, LCD monitors, microphones, and webcams to support other videoconference software. We can accommodate using other video conferences services if account access is provided (ex. WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc). Please contact ahead of any meeting so that we can setup hardware for your group.

Possible A/V Equipment Purchases

vtc_archive.txt · Last modified: 2017/03/05 20:01 by hetmank