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EVO info for the 2011 statistical models workshop


To connect the different people and sites together for SBML workshops, in 2010 we started using EVO, a free, cross-platform video-conferencing system. This page provides some important instructions for getting started with using EVO for SBML meetings.

Please refer to the EVO documentation for more information about using EVO in general.

Preparing to use EVO for videoconferences

Before you can connect to an EVO meeting, you must obtain an EVO account. Do not wait until the day of the session because EVO registrations can take a day or more to establish. To register for an account, simply use the Register button on the front page of the EVO website. Accounts are free.
Click on "Start EVO 2.0" to download Koala.
Click on "Start EVO 2.0" to download Koala.

Once you have an EVO account, use the Start EVO button on the EVO website as shown in the image at right. This will download a Java webstart applet to your computer. Run this applet and it will download the EVO application (called Koala).

If you have never used EVO before, you may want to experiment with it first (before the meeting), in order to familiarize yourself with the controls and options, and experiment with your particular camera and audio devices. The EVO site has a useful EVO FAQ as well as a full user manual.

Please see the section below for information about how to connect to the actual session.

Joining the COMBINE EVO community

Beginning in 2011, we have obtained an EVO community called COMBINE. To make it easier to find SBML-specific meetings, we book the meetings in the COMBINE meeting. You may want to register yourself with the COMBINE community.

To do that, use the search facility in the EVO Koala interface to search the community list for "COMBINE". Follow the instructions given in the EVO documentation for using communities to subscribe to the COMBINE community.

Session connection and information

We have prescheduled EVO sessions for the days of the workshop. On the days of the actual meetings, the session name will appear in the list of EVO sessions in the EVO community called "COMBINE". You will be able to click on the session name to connect that day. The session password is "stat" (without the double quotes).

Here is the EVO booking in more detail:

Title:		SBML statistical models
Description:	The purpose of this meeting is to work on defining a package (or several packages) 
for supporting statistical models in SBML Level 3. Those include models where the variables are 
not single values but ranges, distributions or lists of values. Such models are used for instance 
population pharmacokinetics. 
Community:	COMBINE
Password:	stat

Meeting Access Information:
- Meeting URL

- Password: stat
- Phone Bridge
	ID: 9 7088
	Password: 3101

British Summer Time (+0100)
	Start	2011-06-20  08:00
	End  	2011-06-20  22:00

Japan Standard Time (+0900)
	Start	2011-06-20  16:00
	End  	2011-06-21  06:00

Central European Summer Time (+0200)
	Start	2011-06-20  09:00
	End  	2011-06-20  23:00

Eastern Daylight Time (-0400)
	Start	2011-06-20  03:00
	End  	2011-06-20  17:00

Pacific Daylight Time (-0700)
	Start	2011-06-20  00:00
	End  	2011-06-20  14:00

British Summer Time (+0100)
	Start	2011-06-21  08:00
	End  	2011-06-21  22:00

Japan Standard Time (+0900)
	Start	2011-06-21  16:00
	End  	2011-06-22  06:00

Central European Summer Time (+0200)
	Start	2011-06-21  09:00
	End  	2011-06-21  23:00

Eastern Daylight Time (-0400)
	Start	2011-06-21  03:00
	End  	2011-06-21  17:00

Pacific Daylight Time (-0700)
	Start	2011-06-21  00:00
	End  	2011-06-21  14:00

British Summer Time (+0100)
	Start	2011-06-22  08:00
	End  	2011-06-22  22:00

Japan Standard Time (+0900)
	Start	2011-06-22  16:00
	End  	2011-06-23  06:00

Central European Summer Time (+0200)
	Start	2011-06-22  09:00
	End  	2011-06-22  23:00

Eastern Daylight Time (-0400)
	Start	2011-06-22  03:00
	End  	2011-06-22  17:00

Pacific Daylight Time (-0700)
	Start	2011-06-22  00:00
	End  	2011-06-22  14:00

EVO Phone Bridge Telephone Numbers:
- USA (Caltech, Pasadena, CA)
	+1 626 395 2112

- Switzerland (CERN, Geneva)
	+41 22 76 71400

- Slovakia (UPJS, Kosice)
	+421 55 234 2420

- Italy (INFN, several cities) 
	Enter '4000' to access the EVO bridge

- Germany (DESY, Hamburg)
	+49 40 8998 1340

- USA (BNL, Upton, NY)
	+1 631 344 6100

- United Kingdom (University of Manchester)
	+44 161 306 6802

- Australia (ARCS)
	Adelaide  08 8463 1011
	Brisbane  07 3139 0705
	Canberra  02 6112 8742
	Hobart    03 623 70281
	Melbourne 03 8685 8362
	Perth     08 6461 6718
	Sydney    02 8212 4591

- Netherlands (Nikhef, Amsterdam)
	+31 20 7165293
	Dial '2' at the prompt

- Canada (TRIUMF, Vancouver)
	+1 604 222 7700

- Czech Republic (CESNET, Prague)
	+420 95 007 2386

- USA (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
	+1 617 715 4691

- France (RAP, Paris)
	+33 144 27 81 50

Playing EVO recorded sessions

When possible, we record EVO sessions so that anyone can play them back later.
Download the EVO player.
Download the EVO player.
However, some aspects of how we do this for SBML meetings are not obvious, so here follows an explanation.

Start by downloading the EVOPlayer application from the EVO website ( EVOPlayer is a Java webstart application.

Next, download the archive for whatever EVO session you're interested in from the SBML meeting page. We upload our session recordings as a zip archive because the default EVO format splits recordings into multiple small files. So, after downloading a recording, unzip the file. The archive file will unzip into a directory containing EVO data files. One of the files in this directory will have the extension .evo.

Now, start your copy of the EVOPlayer application. It will present you with a simple interface with a menubar. One of the menus is File. Use the Open option in the File menu to open the .evo file inside the directory created by unzip'ing the SBML session recording, and then you can use the EVOPlayer controls to play the recording.

For more information about EVOPlayer, please consult their documentation page.

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