About the external hosts we use

Some notes about what 3rd party hosts we use and why we use them.

Open Tech Calendar

The Open Tech Calendar is a wiki-like events calendar and meetups directory, run and hosted by Edinburgh-based developer and meetup organiser James Baster, and acts as a counterpart to the alternative pay-for sites that are often out of budget for many hobbyist groups. It also serves as a focus for technical meetups, as there are no other “noise” meetups to sift through to find the technical groups.

Most notably, its content is entirely community-driven, from the back-end code to the data itself. Anybody can list a group or a meetup for a group, and ensure their group’s presence online. It also pointedly maintains an open data policy, allowing other sites to integrate with it freely and list its contents.

As a list, this would be:

  • It is open source, and thus in-line with the general EdLUG ethos to favour open source platforms.
  • It can be self-hosted, and all data can be transferred into a self-hosted instance easily should the need arise (we avoid cloud lock-in)
  • The data is all-open (apart from basic user emails and passwords), meaning the content can be consumed by other platforms in any way they chose

GitLab

The maintainer uses GitLab on the cloud-hosted GitLab.com to track activities as of 2019

  • It is open source, and thus in-line with the general EdLUG ethos to favour open source platforms.
  • It can be self-hosted, and all projects can be transferred into a self-hosted instance easily should the need arise (we avoid cloud lock-in)
  • The company themselves have a generous free tier, which is funded by their paying tiers
  • Their privacy policy sounds legit. I am not a lawyer