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04 April 1999


March 1999 ECTC Status Report

by Randall Severy

March was another quiet month for the Electronic Communications Technical Committee, with a lot of activity going on behind the scenes. The ASI mailing lists kept Bobby Will, the ASI Listmaster, very busy as several lists needed address changes for the list owners and Bobby began preparing many of the lists for migrating into Team Director. Team Director received several updates to support ASI membership processing, including a new report that looks up member addresses in the USPS database and a new user preference for managing member information.

Greg Bennett led efforts to establish a "Lunar Underground Web Ring" linking numerous moon-related web sites together and continued efforts to spread the ASI banner throughout the Internet. Greg remained on center stage at the weekly IRC "Open Forum" discussions as many new and existing members stopped by to talk with Greg and other ASI members. If you would like to join in those discussions, just stop by the #artemis channel on irc.superlink.net on any Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM Central Time.

The ECTC grew by one member in March, with the addition of Tom Merkle. You can find the complete ECTC membership listing at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc.html. As always, there is still a lot of room for new volunteers for ECTC tasks. If you would like to join the ECTC and help with any of those tasks, you can use the form on the ECTC task list page at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc_tasks.html.

Here is the latest status information from the individual work areas within the ECTC:

Membership Support

The Team Director membership system saw a lot of activity in March as eighteen ASI members signed up for accounts. Bobby Will set up welcome messages in Team Director for all of the ASI mailing lists in preparation for migrating the lists into Team Director. Greg Bennett updated the new member welcome message in Team Director and a problem with updating membership info was fixed.

Mark Sumner is continuing to collect additional news articles for the ASI Online News pages and a periodic ASI Newsletter. If you have any news items to submit, please send them to Mark at "newsmonger@asi.org".

Help Desk

Nanci's sister, Dawna, continued manning the Communications and Information Center in Nanci's absence.

Electronic Mailing Lists

Activity on several of the ASI mailings lists continued the high volume trend from last month, especially the artemis-list general discussion list. The ASI Leadership Council list and the new ASI Outreach Committee list also were very active. Bobby Will dealt with several problems with list owner aliases, but ran into numerous delays getting responses from IO about the problems. Bobby also corrected a problem with the mailing list archives, which due to a configuration error by IO were visible to the entire world through IO's web server.

World Wide Web Server

The Artemis Project web site continued to grow at a steady pace, with a total of 157 updates published to the site in March, including 57 new documents, 79 modifications to existing documents, 2 deleted documents, 17 moved documents, and 2 renamed documents. The latest updates bring the total number of documents on the web site to 2427 HTML documents and the number of GIF and JPEG images increased to a total of 1105 images. Most of the work in editing and approving the updates was done by John Peel, John Wertz, Gregory Bennett, Jim Sealy Jr., Aaron Gilliland, Rhoda Bryant, Candace Bartleson, Randall Severy, Thomas Hopper, Tom Merkle, and Luanne Jorewicz. Updates were also submitted by Boise Pearson, Richard Perry, Robert Dahlquist, Predrag Lezaic, Wayne Pierce, Steve Andreadis, and Mark Sumner.

Greg Bennett established the "Lunar Underground" Web Ring and encouraged other ASI members to contact webmasters of other moon-related sites about joining the web ring. Greg also set up a private area of the web site known as "Room L" at http://www.asi.org/adb/l/ that is accessible only to ASI members. Greg also continued the campaign to set up the Artemis Project banner on numerous other web sites throughout the Internet.

WWW Conversation Pages

No progress to report this month.

Usenet newsgroups

No progress to report this month.

Online Services

No progress to report this month.

Real-time Meetings

The March ECTC IRC meeting was held on March 7th and was another productive (and long!) meeting. A total of ten people showed up for some or all of the meeting and discussed a variety of ECTC projects, including submitting the Artemis Project web site to various Internet search engines, the overall design of the web site, and maintaining historical communications records for the Artemis Project. Several Web Team projects had a lot of discussion, including the ongoing Missing Links project and the Moon Miners Manifesto archives.

Miscellaneous

At the March ECTC IRC Meeting, Greg Lynn volunteered to begin collecting historical records relating to the communications environment of the Artemis Project. These records will include key dates in the Artemis Project such as the creation of the project web site and the first ASI mailing list as well as statistical records showing the growth of the web site, mailing lists, and other communications forums of the project.

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