RockNet Meeting Minutes - November 14, 1996
MINUTES OF ROCKVILLE COMMUNITY NETWORK MEETING
November 14, 1996
The meeting was called to order by Bob Skinner at
7:37 p.m. In attendance were Bob Dorsey, Bob Ekman,
Barbara Goldstein, Glennon Harrison, John Herman, David
Mays, Gail Wisan Muren, Barbara Skinner, Bob Skinner, and
Thomas E. Thomas.
The minutes of the meeting of October 10, 1996, were
read and amended as follows:
"II. Discussion of Draft Rocknet Style Guide and Policy
for Content Providers
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3. Initial free Web page size: 100,000
Initial free Web page site space changed from
100,000 bytes per group to 1 megabyte per group.
With the foregoing amendment, the minutes were
I. Report Made by David Mays:
Memo of understanding with Sailor still being
negotiated; City is still looking to the end of December
for installation, with January/February training. Domain
name is registered; Dave Mays will control who uses
domain name. For Rocknet purposes name will be
"Rockville.org" until transition occurs. Discussion
about transition plan, statement must be made about what
is going to happen before it happens.
Thomas E. Thomas asked if Rocknet is ready to be
seen; reply was that it is not yet.
II. Report from Bob Ekman on Web Page Policies,
Procedures and Style Guide
Determined at "content" meeting held Saturday,
Order of priority:
1. Policy statement
3. Initial baseline operating prototype
Discussion: Roald Schrack writing Boulder to ask
permission to adapt their
guidelines, which will protect
For discussion with the mayor and
council: How do we protect both
Rocknet and the City of Rockville
from liability for the actions of
"guests" on the RockNet web site?
City Attorney should probably look
at RockNet policy statement.
III. Discussion on Interns
No response as yet from Montgomery College;
suggestion made to check with University of
IV. Work Session with Mayor and Council
Discussion again about paying a "Webmaster" led to
determination that Rocknet needs legal status and
relationship with City. Decision made to
officially contact Mayor and request formal meeting
(work session) with Mayor and council, Dave Mays,
Thomas E. Thomas, Julie Novack, in early December
so that City Attorney's office can assist Rocknet
in filing tax exempt papers to achieve "503C
status" as independent entity; perhaps City would
provide a "pocket" for any income raised by
Rocknet. A commission of the City could request
funding. Bob Skinner and Barbara Goldstein to
draft letter to Mayor.
Once Rocknet is up and running, sources of funding
need to be identified and contacted. Various
suggestions included advertising space, fund
raising vis-a-vis the sale of T-shirts, etc.
Perhaps Chamber of Commerce could help "beat the
drum" for Rocknet.
Bob Dorsey asked by Bob Skinner to serve as
custodian of list of possible sources of funding.
Announcement of Rocknet depends on City recognition
of Rocknet's status, tax exemption status.
Thomas E. Thomas requested by Glennon Harrison to
ask Public Information Office to write a press
release announcing the existence of Rocknet and
perhaps asking for "volunteers" to "contribute"
time and experience to the Rocknet effort.
It was discovered that Rocknet's logo had not yet
been approved; a vote was called and the logo was
approved without objection.
VII. Science and Technology Commission
Barbara Goldstein indicated interest and support of
Science and Technology Commission in creation of
Rocknet. Want to know criteria for E-mail
accounts, what schools involvement with Rocknet
would be. Bob Ekman indicated that conversations
he had had with Richard Montgomery indicated an
interest; however, certain issues must be
considered such as insurance. Bob Dorsey mentioned
Amanda Jonas; agreed that Gail Wisan Muren would
call her and invite her to meeting on 12/12/96.
Consensus was that it would be helpful to have a
working session between Rocknet and Science and
Technology Commission in January or February;
Barbara Goldman to draft something to set up
appearance of Rocknet before Commission.
Suggestion made that perhaps Science and Technology
could draft letter to Mayor and Council to
reinforce letter from Rocknet to City - offer
themselves as a commission to request funding.
Obtain copy of New Zealand charter.
Once Rocknet is up and running, check into other
alliances, interdependencies with City's
Glennon Harrison requested electronic copies to be
provided of all Rocknet minutes so they can be
posted to the web site, as opposed to hard copy
which has limited application.
Meeting adjourned 9:09 p.m.