April ECTC Status Report
April was a slow month for the Electronic Communications Technical
Committee, as many ECTC members devoted time to other Artemis Project
projects, notably the new launch of Lunar Traders, the completion of the
full-size Artemis Project poster, and the Microlander Project. As usual,
the Web Team provided most of the ECTC activity this past month, as the
update volume through the ASI web system continued at a heavy pace.
AlI mailing lists were reconfigured this past month to require list owner
approval for all new list subscriptions.
The ECTC grew by three new members in April, with the addition of Paul
Morris, Lorianne Hamoline, and Tom Tang. At the end of April, the ECTC had
27 active members, with another 48 people in the Observer or Rep
categories. You can find the complete ECTC membership listing, including
ICQ numbers, 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
Here is the latest status information from the individual work areas
within the ECTC:
Nanci Brasket stepped down temporarily from her role in manning the
Comm and Info Center while recovering from brain surgery. During her
absence, Rebecca Wilson is filling the post, with ongoing help in
responding to guestbook entries from Joelle Cowan and Chris Verwey.
Listserver Mailing Lists
Rhoda Bryant's "Conversation Guidelines for electronic discussions"
were a key topic of the April ECTC IRC meeting. To enforce some mailing
list policy changes recently approved by the ASI board of directors, Bobby
Will changed the configurations of all ASI mailing lists to require list
owner approval for any new list subscriptions. Bobby also set up a new ASI
mailing list, art-mining, and started work on a request for a new mailing
list from the Medical technical committee. The complete list of ASI
mailing lists is available at
World Wide Web Server
The ASI web site had another quiet month in April, with no system
problems reported. The backlog in the Web Formatting and Editing stages of
the ASI web system began to clear out as the Web and Editing teams worked
hard to catch up on the outstanding update requests. The Missing Links
project contributed a significant number of new update requests, as Bobby
Will and Jeremy Kraemer tackled several key sections of the ADB.
During April, a total of 188 updates were published to the ASI web
site, including 38 new documents, 99 modifications to existing documents,
15 deleted documents, 35 moved documents, and 1 renamed document. The
latest updates bring the total number of documents on the ASI web site to
2108 HTML documents and 792 GIF and JPEG images. Most of the work in
editing and approving the updates was done by Luanne Jorewicz, Bobby Will,
Greg Bennett, John Wertz, Leah Simpson, Candace Dicks, Jeremy Kraemer, and
Ian Strock. Some of the new documents and other updates were submitted by
Tim Cadell, Paul Morris, and Richard Marsden.
The April ECTC IRC meeting spent a significant time on Web Team
projects, as well as the newly restarted ASI Site Design project. Tim
Cadell's "Web Ring" program sparked a lot of discussion as well, as
potential uses for the program were discussed in a lengthy brainstorming
WWW Conversation Pages
No progress to report this month.
No progress to report this month.
Vik Olliver mentioned the Artemis Project on CompuServe and received a
lot of responses, many indicating that they had thought that the project
was dead. Vik has contacted Tim Cadell about providing a regular news
The April ECTC IRC meeting on April 4 was another well-attended
meeting, with thirteen members attending some or all of the meeting. The
meeting lasted a long time, almost four hours total, partly due to a fairly
slow start and distractions by the start of the HBO mini-series "From the
Earth to the Moon". In addition to the E-mail Conversation Guidelines and
ASI Site Design discussions, a lot of the conversation focused on several
key Web Team projects: the Moon Miners Manifesto archives, the Missing
Links project, and the Header and Footer Templates project. Much of the
MMM discussion involved issues with dealing with the large volume of images
scanned in from early MMM issues.
Tim Cadell added several more news articles to the ASI Online News this
past month in his role as acting ASI Newsmonger. Tim continues to look for
additional writers and contacts in other ASI committees to provide activity
reports as well as someone to take over as ASI Newsmonger. If you have any
information that would be useful for an ASI Online News article, or if you
would like to write for the Online News, contact Tim at "firstname.lastname@example.org".
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