June 1996 ECTC Status Report
The Electronic Communications Technical
Committee had a busy month in
June, capped by a wild and wonderful weekend at Artemis '96 at the end of
June. Several sessions at Artemis '96 involved ECTC-related matters, and a
variety of issues were resolved and many plans were made at the conference.
Dana Carson gave an update on the move of the asi.org domain to a new ISP
and it looks like the move will take place as soon as two issues, one
business-related and the other technical, have been taken care of. With
many of the ECTC projects lined up waiting for the asi.org move, it looks
like the rest of 1996 will be extremely busy for this committee.
The ECTC continued to expand this past month, with some of the new
faces filling some key new roles in the ECTC task list. Marvin Ostrega
joined the team and will be helping Simon Rowland with updating and
maintaining the Artemis Data Book. Marvin will also be working on
additional BBS interfaces for the Artemis mailing lists. Brad Ackerman
signed on and immediately jumped into two key areas of the ECTC task list,
the Web conversation pages, and the Real-Time Meetings section (with the
help of Brian Cesar). Two additional new members, Robert Corkum and Yosi
Brosh, round out the new faces in the team. Although he never formally
left, Dale Amon resurfaced from several months of being busy with other
activities and became active in the ECTC once again. Both Dale and Brian
Cesar joined the growing number of ECTC members who have gone through
e-mail address changes. You can find the complete ECTC membership listing
There were no additions to the ECTC task list this month, but with the
increase in ECTC membership we had a few more names attached to the
existing task list. Marvin Ostrega joined Simon Rowland in working on the
Artemis Data Book and linked up with David Brummel and Jim Nobles in
looking at connections to bulletin boards. John Peel took on the task of
writing the Artemis web page procedure guide. Randall Severy began working
on the ASI Web Page Maintenance System. Brad Ackerman started working on
the Web conversation software, and with Brian Cesar started looking into
using IRC for real-time meetings. And last but not least, Dale Amon
started working again on the Artemis newsgroups after a several month
sabbatical. Even with all these new volunteers, however, there are still
large gaps in the ECTC task list. If you would like to join the ECTC and
help out, please check the ECTC task list on the ASI web site at
and sign up for anything
that interests you, even those tasks that already have people working on
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 reorganized the Image Library index into separate
index files for each year. She also added seventeen new images to the
image library and edited sixty-one new or updated ASI web pages.
Listserver Mailing Lists
A new list, asi-osf-leads,
was added this month to provide a private
discussion group for the chairpersons of all of the OSF Technical
Committees and Project Teams.
World Wide Web Server
The Artemis Data Book (ADB) continued to grow at a rapid pace, thanks
to the undaunted efforts of Simon Rowland (now that school is out for the
summer, we may *really* be in trouble!). The new ASI home page is almost
completed and is waiting for Greg to recover from Artemis '96 to put the
finishing touches on it. Randall Severy put together a prototype of the
ASI Web Management System and the overall design of the system was
discussed at Artemis '96. John Peel started an outline of the Web Page
procedure guide, which should show up on the web site in the near future.
Dale Amon set up an account and web space on his server in Ireland in
preparation for becoming a mirror site of the ASI web server.
WWW Conversation Pages
Brad Ackerman started researching potential tools for implementing Web
conversation pages and decided on the HyperNews system from NCSA. Brad is
now waiting for the upcoming move of the asi.org domain to begin installing
and configuring the web conversation environment.
Dale Amon restarted his efforts in planning the Artemis newsgroups.
Vik Olliver found several newsletters on CompuServe that could be good
places to put references to the Artemis Project when our publicity campaign
Marvin Ostrega volunteered to look into additional connections to
bulletin board systems.
Brian Cesar and Brad Ackerman did some research on various options for
holding Artemis real-time meetings and settled on IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
as the most promising environment to start with. A discussion in the ECTC
mailing list about public vs. private IRC servers led to the plan to first
set up Artemis "channels" on existing IRC networks, with the future option
of setting up our own IRC server on asi.org's new home. Brian and Brad are
working on a Real-Time Meetings procedure guide that will include
instructions on getting set up to access an IRC server and how to join
real-time Artemis discussions.
Doug Cross started collecting usage data from the ASI web site for a
database that will be able to provide historical and statistical records
about the Artemis Project electronic communications infrastructure.
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