1996 World Wide Web Status Reports
Greg Bennett updated the draft copy of the ASI
Internet Site Design
document, which is available on the ASI web site. Greg Bennett, Randall
Severy, Simon Rowland, Nanci Brasket, Dana Carson, and several others have
updated and created numerous web pages on the ASI web site. A new team,
the Artemis Web Maintenance Team, was formed to handle updating and
maintaining the Artemis web site. Led by Dana Carson, the Artemis
Webmaster, the team is responsible for receiving web page updates and new
contributions from other Artemis members, reformatting the documents to
match the style of the ASI web site, and updating the web server with the
new documents. If you have updates to any ASI web pages, or have some new
documents that should be put on the web server, either as text or HTML
documents, send them to the Web team at
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and they will be
put on the web server.
Russ Myrick took on the daunting task of organizing and updating the
ASI Internet Site Design
Numerous additions to the ASI web site
were made this past month, with a variety of new ADB pages contributed by
Simon Rowland. Nanci Brasket started compiling a list of ASI web pages and
began the difficult task of tracking down who is responsible for each page.
Artemis Data Book
(ADB) on the ASI web server had a large amount of
new content added this month. Simon Rowland has spent the last few months
digging through the archives of the artemis-list mailing list and many of
the past discussions are now summarized on ADB web pages, thanks to Simon.
Simon has also started an effort to gather more ADB material from the
Artemis community, so the ADB should continue to grow at a fast rate in the
Two new tasks were added to the
Web Server section of the
ECTC task list
this month. The first task is a result of some recent private
discussions on overhauling the ASI web server
home page to provide a better
"front door" to the project that attracts and retains visitors to the site.
No one has stepped forward yet to volunteer for this task, so if you have
some good graphics and layout design skills, please step forward! The
second task is for someone to coordinate the layout and content of the
Artemis Data Book on the ASI web site. As a major contributor to the ADB,
Simon Rowland was a natural fit for the role, and fortunately he
volunteered for the task immediately.
The Artemis Data Book (ADB) on the ASI web server has grown by an
exponential amount this month, thanks to the almost single-handed efforts
of Simon Rowland, the ADB "book boss". Simon has finished going through
the artemis-list mail archives for material for the ADB, and has just
started on the GEnie archives, which should provide lots of new material
for the ADB.
The task that was started last month to overhaul the ASI web server
home page saw a lot of activity this past month as an extremely active
discussion about the home page occurred on the ECTC mailing list. To focus
the discussion on a specific target, the team has agreed on the end of May
as the target date for completing the design of the new "front door". If
you have any ideas or suggestions in this area, please don't hesitate in
passing them on to the ECTC at
We are still looking for
a volunteer to coordinate the brainstorming and design efforts for the home
page, so if you are interested (you don't even have to know anything about
HTML) let the ECTC know as soon as possible.
Simon Rowland continued his almost single-handed attempt at growing the
Artemis Data Book (ADB) exponentially each month, with a large number of
new updates added to the web site. The concentrated design effort that was
started at the beginning of the month to develop a new ASI home page saw an
enormous amount of effort by a large portion of the ECTC during the month.
Randall Severy put together a strawman test page early in the month and the
entire ECTC pushed, prodded, and molded the page until by the end of the
month it met the approval of most of the people who worked on it. The
exact textual content of the page and the images assigned to the "buttons"
on the page still need to be finalized, but that effort should be completed
in the next few weeks and soon afterwards you should see an announcement
about the new "facelift" for the ASI web site.
The large number of updates that have been occurring on the ASI web
server has strained the abilities of the current web site maintenance staff
to keep up with the flood of changes. Since all of the current updates
involve a very manual and labor-intensive process involving several people,
a discussion ensued in the ECTC about developing an automated Web Site
Maintenance System that could be used to reduce the workload needed to
maintain the web site. This system would be based on some kind of database
on the web site that would keep track of updated pages as they moved
through the copyediting, technical approval, and style editing phases of
the web maintenance process. Using web forms backed by Perl or C programs,
this system would elimate much of the duplicate, error-prone, and manual
updating that is currently done. If you have any experience with systems
of that type, or would like to learn, let the ECTC know as soon as
Simon Rowland set up a series of web forms to allow people to join and
volunteer for work in several new Technical Committees that are being
formed. Randall Severy wrote the Perl scripts to support those forms.
Candace Dicks developed a group of web forms and Perl scripts to allow
people to join different project teams within the Office of Space Flight.
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.
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