July 1996 ECTC Status Report
The month of July was a solid, if not spectacular, month of progress
for the Electronic Communications Technical
Committee. Several new tasks
were started but none were finished, including the now infamous move of the
asi.org domain to a new ISP. A significant amount of progress was made on
the move, however, and it looks close enough that I can say with some
confidence that next month's status report should include a report on the
completion of the move. Other ECTC activities slowed somewhat as the
summer doldrums crept in and people starting going on summer vacations.
For the first time since the founding of the ECTC, the committee did
not add any new members this past month, but in a continuing reshuffling of
the mailing list Rick Bier and Candace Dicks changed their e-mail
addresses. Although they were already active members of the ECTC, Marvin
Ostrega and Simon Rowland also added the role of "Rep" to their efforts,
with Simon representing the Planetary Mission Support Technical Committee
and Marvin acting as liason to the Solar Power Committee and Recreation and
Tourism Committee. As always, you can find the complete ECTC membership
listing at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc.html.
There was a new task added to the ECTC task list this month, in the
Help Desk area. Help Desk Task #6 is titled "Develop and Maintain New
Volunteer Interview System" and the result of the task will be an interview
in a web form or set of web forms that will ask a new visitor to the web
site a list of questions about their interests, skills, background, and
experience. A CGI script run by the form will match up the answers to the
interview with a large cross-reference table that will produce a set of
recommendations for areas in the Artemis Project in which that person may
want to volunteer their efforts. Candace Dicks and Simon Rowland
volunteered to take on that task, but there is still room for additional
help. Another task on the ECTC task list finally received a volunteer as
Brad Ackerman agreed to look into a secure system for credit card ordering
as part of Miscellaneous task #4. As always, however, there is still more
work in the ECTC than we have people to do the work, so if you would like
to join the ECTC and help out, please check the ECTC task list on the ASI
web site at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc_tasks.html and sign up for
anything that interests you, even if there are already names listed for the
Here is the latest status information from the individual work areas
within the ECTC:
Nanci Brasket continued answering questions directed to the Comm and
Info Center. Nanci added 49 new or updated web pages to the ASI web site
and added seven new images to the image library. Candace Dicks started
working on the new Volunteer Interview System task and came up with some
initial ideas for topics for the interview.
Listserver Mailing Lists
Three new lists were added to the growing collection of ASI mailing
lists. The Lunar Science Technical Committee now has it's own list,
art-science. The Solar Power Technical Committee can be found on the new
art-solar list and the Recreation and Tourism Technical Committee hangs out
on the new art-tourism list. The complete list of ASI mailing lists can be
found at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/03/mailing-lists.html.
World Wide Web Server
Simon Rowland continued to add significant quantities of new content to
the Artemis Data Book (ADB), now with the assistance of Marvin Ostrega.
Greg made some small progress on the Tour pages for the ASI web server, but
is still trying to get caught up from other activities before continuing.
John Peel wrote the first two drafts of his ASI Web Pages Procedure Guide,
which were posted on the ASI web site and reviewed by the ECTC. Randall
Severy continued work on the ASI Web Management System. Dale Amon laid out
a set of options for a domain structure for the ASI mirror sites and
continued preparations for a European mirror site.
WWW Conversation Pages
Brad Ackerman continues to wait for the asi.org move before installing
the HyperNews system to provide the web conversation pages.
No progress to report this month.
Vik contacted someone on CompuServe who writes a monthly summary of
space news and gave him some information on the Artemis Project and asked
about redistributing his newsletter. Chris Eason continued the classes on
setting up forums on America OnLine and is putting together an Artemis
proposal for the OMNI forum on AOL.
Marvin Ostrega passed on some contact information to David Brummel and
Jim Nobles for additional BBS feeds for the ASI mailing lists.
Brian Cesar wrote a first draft of the IRC procedure guide and
submitted it to the ASI web team for formatting and review.
Brad Ackerman started research on SSL and ecash for a secure payment
system for online catalog ordering.
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