Popular demand and the BCN Board of directors have motivated the formation of a BCN technical committee as a regular forum for addressing BCN technical issues. The responsibilites of this committee include supporting:
BCN technical committee meetings are open to the public and all BCN volunteers are welcome to attend. The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm at the BCN World Headquarter (aka CU Computing center at 33nd and Marine Street in Boulder) to assess general technical issues. Sub-groups of the Technical Committee may occassionally convene to address specific technical issues (eg database support, discussion groups). Meeting minutes are achived here . The current TAC chair is Paul von Behren . The TAC mailing list is archived here (select a year after you follow the link), but you need the id/password to access the mail archives. Common technical issues are documented in Tech Notes (also requires userid and password).
The committee serves as a information resource for specific requests from the BCN Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and information contributors. The committee also assists in connecting contributors to technically proficient volunteers and identifying new technical issues. The meetings are conducted at a moderately technical level but strives to be useful to less experienced members of the BCN community. Highly technical issues will be addressed by special subcommittees when appropriate.
It is hoped that the committee will attract a core volunteer membership who will attend regularly and accept assignments to research, develop and maintain BCN technical support facilities. Ideally this group will include volunteers to bring specific technical expertise in areas such as database support, PC and MAC hardware configurations, MS Windows and Unix administration, CGI scripting and other special interest areas.
The committee will establish and maintain a committee WWW site and a listserv based discussion forum. Volunteers are still sought to fulfill the roles of secretary (take and report meeting minutes); listserv manager and WWW site manager. The exisiting email list firstname.lastname@example.org will be used to initiate committee operations.
Procedures will be established for developing and distributing the monthly committee agenda and minutes. Potential special interest subcommittees will be identified and staffed as required.
Each meeting will be conducted using a standard agenda; such as the following basic agenda template:
Convene; present, modify and accept the meeting agenda. Present and accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Address old business arising from previous meetings Address issues from the board Address issues from the staff Address issues from the volunteer coordinator Reports from special interest subcommittees. Open forum for new business Identify and assign action items Adjourn
Initial Agenda items:
Develop committee operational procedures Discuss online discussion group strategies (software/management/support) Develop email listserver facilities Consider domain name support Identify new server migration issues Public access support issues
Long range objectives:
Integrated search facilities Database needs assessment Help facilities development Community calendar support Expanded page development support General CGI development support
Potential spheres of operations:
BCN Server Factilities
Operations Mangement Disk Space Management Software Management Strategic Planning Design support Contributor site management support Access support (logins, telnet/lynx support) FAQs and help support facilities Policy Support Issues.
Site management support Standard page elements (counters, modtag, headers, footers, logos etc) CGI Scripting support Standard CGI Scripts (MailComments, AddLink) Database support Page and Site Design Support Logging and performace reporting Search Engines Content Integration
Telnet/Lynx support Dialup facilities & Modem pool Public Access sites Non-profit client access support User support (PC and MAC)
Discussion groups Mail list operations Fund raising. Access equity issues
Last Update: , by Paul von Behren at vbbehren at bcn.boulder.co.us
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