Boulder Community Network
for the fiscal year
July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000
3645 Marine Street
Campus Box 455
Boulder, CO 80309-0455
FAX: (303) 492-4198
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mission & Objectives
BCN Focuses on Information Technology
Y2K Resources on BCN
BCNs Public Outreach
Behind the Scenes at BCN of BCN
Technical Advisory Committee
Sixth Anniversary Celebration
Web Design Clients
Board of Directors
During 1999 and 2000, BCN continued to be an active part of bringing the Boulder County community together. We can look back at the past year and see significant gains, both in our services and our organizational development. Our volunteer program grew and our classes were consistently strong. BCN continued the ongoing collaboration with the CU School of Journalism on the Virtual Chautauqua project and the web design and communication component of the BASIN project with the City of Boulder.
In addition to these two big undertakings, BCN continues outreach projects like TekMatch, community WWW surfing and design classes and the continued development of the BCN community WWW site. BCN has also joined numerous non-profit organizations in exploring new partnerships to bring advanced technologies to meet the needs of community
This year BCN celebrated its Sixth Anniversary with the annual fundraising event. We continue to grow and use technology to benefit the community thanks to a concerted outreach efforts by staff, board and volunteers acting as ambassadors of BCN within the larger community.
Mission & Objectives
BCNs mission is to facilitate the broad use of information technology to benefit the community. With an emphasis on Internet technologies, BCN also is concerned with innovation for public sector applications.
Objective 1: To transfer technology to community-based organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and populations whose members encounter substantial barriers to technology use.
Objective 2: To help community-based organizations development online information in the public interest.
Objective 3: To innovate in the accomplishment of the above mission and objectives, based on the needs and issues of the public and non-profit sector.
BCN could not exist without its broad network of dedicated volunteers. Their input, ideas and generosity make BCN what it is. The following is a thumbnail description of the contributions of BCNs volunteer backbone:
Volunteer Spotlight: http://bcn.boulder.co.us/volunteer/volspot.html 3,032 recorded hours year to date: 253 active volunteers started the year with 190 active volunteers
BCN Focuses on Information Technology Benefiting the Community
For six years, BCN has facilitated information technology to benefit the community, and nowhere is that better exemplified than the BCN home page, which provides easily navigable, current information of interest to both local citizens and out-of-towners alike. We ventured into the arts field and started working with performing artists and arts organizations to bring their content to the World Wide Web via the "Virtual Chautauqua" project. With the BASIN (Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network) project, BCN has created a website to bring current environmental data online and accessible for researchers, community groups, and the general public.
BCN started the year with a new look on its home page. The puzzle pieces illustrate how BCN connects the community together with information, special projects and non-profit services. The BCN homepage averages 29,000 page requests per day.
Virtual Chautauqua Project
This $375,000 NTIA grant was awarded to the CU School of Journalism on October 1, 1998 and continues through October 1, 2000. During 1999 and 2000 BCN provided a key role managing the 15 partners and 150 artists whose work has become part of Virtual Chautauqua site.
Executive Summary http://bcn.boulder.co.us/vchautauqua/exec.html
The purpose of this project is to make Colorado performing arts available to isolated communities: rural K-12 schools and people with mobility challenging disabilities.
Project partners include: four Colorado traditional radio and television public media and performing arts sites, and disabilities and education related organizations. These strategic partnerships have forged the technological and social networks needed to make performing arts content available via streaming audio/video technologies on the World Wide Web.
The project encourages and supports interactivity between K-12 students and teachers, people with disabilities, and artists. Technical assistance has include Internet training for all, equipment and technical assistance such as RAM upgrades and software configuration for people with disabilities, and web site development awards and training for artists.
During the past year BCN activities have included:
- participating in outreach programs, site visits and press releases.
- provided technical support for VC server operations
- provided design support for the VC WWW site.
- provided volunteers and staff to record and digitize performance videos
- lead the selection and training of participating artists
- assisted in the selection and training of persons with disabilities.
Virtual Chautauqua is an example of technology benefiting the community in what it enables for many Colorado constituencies: online samples of the work of Colorado performing artists; new channels for communication between artists and audience members; access to performing arts not before available to isolated communities; and new avenues of involvement for artists with disabilities, as well as the use of performing arts to educate about disabilities. The project will model strategies for cooperation among traditional radio and public TV media and community networks for integrated applications beyond the arts.
The artist and public site are on-line at http://www.virtualchautauqua.org
BASIN (Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network)
During 1999 and 2000 BCN has played a key role in the BASIN project, a collaboration led by the City of Boulder which included with the University of Colorado, the US Geological Survey, the Boulder Valley School District, Community Access TV, Boulder County Health Department, the Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative and and Boulder County Healthy Community Initiative.
BASIN is funded by a two year grant from the EPAs EMPACT (Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking) program, which aims to improve access to time-relevant environmental data.
The BASIN project began in January 1999. During the past year BCN participation in the BASIN has included:
- Recruitment of over 50 volunteers including school teachers, GIS experts, project management, and computer professionals who have provided over 1500 hours of support in public outreach, WWW site user requirements site design, technical support and information processing.
- Hosting the BASIN www site and providing technical support for advanced WWW site functionalities (online surveys, calendar spill reporting system)
- Providing system administration and connectivity for the private BASIN information management server EDNA.
- Participating in the development of education and communication programs to effectively utilize watershed information in the public media and schools and facilitate greater public involvement in public policy formation.
In addition to expanding the information resources provided to the community, BASIN has helped BCN build strong partnerships in an ongoing alliance of governmental, educational, non-profit and private entities involved in watershed monitoring, management and education.
This partnership has brought BCN a lot of public visibility; but most importantly and supported BCN in further fulfilling its mission to bring public interest information resources to the public.
This is BCNs volunteer matching program, administered by BCN Volunteer Coordinator Jim Harrington. In light of our first mission, technology benefiting the community, BCN recognizes that many non-profit organizations could be more effective with technology. They are limited because of a lack of knowledge, funds or resources. Thus, TekMatch volunteers step in to aid an organization that otherwise may be left behind in the information age. BCN matched 26 Boulder County non-profit organizations with skilled volunteers for 43 projects in the past year. Projects included database design, networking computers, consulting, email troubleshooting, and configuring World Wide Web/Internet access. A list of organizations assisted and the types of projects is available in the Appendix. This year also marked the start of the Computer Exchange, a BCN-hosted website listing organizations and their needs, along with information on where donations of computer and other equipment can be taken.
Projects this year:
|completed||Currently active||Currently requested|
|web design (for non-profits)||21||20||1|
|training (in software and database)||2||8||1|
|technical assistance (hardware)||17||3||1|
|consulting (formal advising)||0||0||0|
|administrative (in-house work)||3||6||1|
|special (individualized projects)||8||4||0|
Y2K Resources on BCN
BCN volunteer Ernie Stiltner created a Y2K resource center to provide a variety of year 2000 computer compatibility issues. The Y2K center proved so useful during the Y2K transition period that Ernie expanded and reformatted these resources to create two new BCN centers; the Media Center and the and the Internet Center.
BCN's Public Outreach
Free and low-cost classes taught by BCN volunteers continue to be the most important way for BCN to introduce people to the World Wide Web. Both the classes and the volunteer instructors continue to get good reviews and participants do feel they fill a need.
Classes:Basic Surf the Web
Both classes were taught in Spanish at various times.Basic HTML
In addition to the free and low-cost classes, BCN expanded instructional activities into two niche communities during 1999/2000. BCN independently developed classes to specifically meet the interests of Boulder Senior Citizen community, offering 12 "Senior Surf" classes throughout the community. BCN also teamed with Kalmia Low Income Housing Project to provide basic computer skills and WWW surfing classes to members of this underserved community. BCN found that the kids in the Kalmia community were more responsive to these class settings and plans to focus future efforts on development of classes for younger participants.
Behind the Scenes at BCN
Technical Advisory Committee
The BCN technical advisory committee committee continues to explore a range of internet and WWW hosting technical issues, in particular issues of on line forms support, domain name hosting, and security. The Technical Advisory Committee recommends policy and procedural changes to keep up with the changing world and demands of information technology.
Fundraising is the lifeblood of all non-profit organizations. During 1999-00, BCN began new and ambitious efforts in this arena, expanding activities to secure new funding from both public and private sources. BCN is largely grant-dependent, but the past year continued efforts to bring in many new "Friends of BCN," our program for individual and corporate giving. These donors are recognized on the BCN home page with a listing on a with each company's logo as well as their names.
The year 2000 saw the second year of our most ambitious fundraising activity, the annual fund raising dinner. BCN's Sixth Anniversary Celebration was held on March 16th 2000 and raised donations from companies, foundations and individuals totaling $14,746. BCN is very grateful to all of its supporters, each and every one of which truly enables us to be a "community" network.
General Gifts & Donations $3,654 Income from Services $6,345 Special Fundraising Events* $5,672 Federal NTIA Grant $63,426 Other Grants $13,246 Interest & Misc. Income $1,129 TOTAL Income $93,472 Payroll & Benefits $82,818 Operations $4,877 TOTAL Expenses $86,174 Year End Balance $5,777
* 6th Anniv. Event
BCN Sixth Anniversary Party
With the theme of "Technology Creating Community," this was the second fundraising dinner for BCN. Thanks to the skills of BCN staff and volunteers and a lot of advance work, a enthusiastic crowd of 125 networked at a reception held at The Regal Harvest House on Boulder Creek. The ceremony featured an ongoing presentation of the extensive WWW sites hosted and supported by BCN at the end of its first six years. Howard Rheingold, internationally recognized pioneer in community networking (Whole Earth Catalog, the WELL) presented a stimulating talk on the role of the internet in community development and support.
As BCN enters its sixth year of operation, its staff, volunteers and supporters can pride themselves on having established a diverse, dynamic and useful community resource online. More people than ever before are visiting, volunteering for and supporting BCN and its mission of information technology serving community. With this foundation, the future is promising for the continued growth of community networking in Boulder County, Colorado, USA. During fiscal 1999-2000, we hope to build upon the advances made in the past year in fundraising and organizational development, and to further broaden BCNs base of support and community involvement.
TekMatch and WWW Design Clients
- Kalmia Community Center
- Center for People with Disabilities- Bldr
- Dental Aid, Inc
- Chinook Clubhouse/MHC of BldrCo
- City of Boulder
- Counseling Center
- Goddess Theater
- Volunteer Connection
- Spanish Education
- Human Service Alliance
- Inn Between of Longmont
- Alternatives for Youth
- Boulder County Commissioners
- Boulder County Legal Services
- Boulder County Shelter for the Homeless
- Boy Scouts of America - Longs Peak Council
- Community Food Share
- El Comite
- The Volunteer Connection
- Friendship City Project
- Boulder Business and Professional Women
- Boy Scouts of America, Longs Peak Council
- Bridge School
- Calico & Boots
- Colo. Business and Professional Women Foundation
- Early Music Colorado
- Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute
- Ryuko Kyudojo
- Table Mountain Association
- Thistle Community Housing
- Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
- GASP of Colorado
- Golden West
- Workforce Boulder County
- Learning to Read
- Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
- Boulder County/Life Stories Project
- Essene Cooperative
- I Have A Dream Foundation (IHAD)
- Back Country Skiers' Alliance
- Cedar Mesa Project
- Roche Colorado Community Advisory Panel
- Boy Scout Troop 70
- Habitat for Humanity-Boulder
- Peanut Butter Players
- Colorado Women Flyfishers
- Boulder Mountain Fire Authority
- Flatirons Ski Club
- Victim Offender Reconciliation Program
- Women's Wilderness Institute
- Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sisters in Crime
- Vietnam Veteran of America, Inc. Rocky Mnt. C. 819
- Boulder Energy Conservation Center
- Boy Scout Pack 74
- Alliance of Boulder County on Tobacco & Health
- Grace Lutheran Church
- Martin Acres Neighborhood Association
- Boulder County Housing Authority
- BCP Cycling Club
- Boulder Youth Choir
- The Alpine Chorale
- Mental Health Center of Boulder County
- Boy Scouts Pack 68 & Pack 159
- Boulder Housing Coalition
- Rocky Mountain Lace Guild
- Colorado Artists Showcase
- Boulder Fullpower
- Boulder CarShare
- Community Shares
- Chautauqua Association
- Colorado Mountain Club
- Committee for 'Grateful Fred' Smith
- Boulder Bicycle Commuters
- Let's Play/People to People International
- Accessible Waves
- Boulder Day Nursery Association
- Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities Organization
- Boulder Newcomers Club
- Dom Project, The
- Agriculture Center on BCN
- Internet Center on BCN
- Bicycle Interlocken
- City of Boulder Police Dept.
- Front Range Center for Assault Prevention
- Global Response
- Boulder Museum of History
- SHOUT (Stay Healthy - Oppose Using Tobacco
- Boulder Council for International Visitors
- Parenting Place
- Longmont Sister Cities Association
- Four Mile Fire Protection District
- Lyons, Tiger and Bears 4H
- Boulder International Folk Dancers
- Cedar Mesa Project
- Amnesty International - Boulder Group 8
- Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary
- Boulder Community Velodome
- Hispanic education Foundation
- Campus Press
- Resource 2000
- South Creek Seven Homeowners Association
- Historic Boulder
- Young Adult Advisory Board
- Elementary Spanish Program
- Colorado School Mediation Project
- Boulder Community Hospital
- Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley
- Boulder Living Wage
- Non-Practice P-T Nurses Ass (NP&PTNA)
- Boulder Emergency Squad
- St. Vrain Community Council, Inc.
- Twin Peaks Fur & Feathers 4-H Club
- Flatirons Open Space Committee
- 20th Judicial District Probation Department
- Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team
- Balfour Retirement Community
- Ward Cultivating Whole Environments (W'E)
- Spiritual Assembly of Bahais of Lafayette
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder
- Volunteer Connection East
- Intercambio de Comunidades Espanol/Ingles
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Neal McBurnett
Software Engineer, Lucent Technologies
Vice President: Jim Waterman
Secretary: Pierre Malraison
Senior Software Engineer, Spatial Technology
Treasurer: Eric Gertler, Past President
Director of Finance , Solant, Inc
General Board Members
Philip L. Dubois, P.C.
Director of Internet Development
Graphic Packaging Inc.
Vice President, Marketing
Ken Klingenstein, Past President
University of Colorado at Boulder
Art Rifkin, Past Treasurer
Retired Engineer, Grumman Aerospace