MINUTES OF ROCKVILLE COMMUNITY NETWORK MEETING June 12, 1997 The meeting was called to order by Bob Skinner at 7:40 p.m. In attendance were Tom DeGeorge, Bob Ekman, Randy Gentry, John Herman, Jane Jacobs, Dave Mays, Gail Wisan Muren, Roald Schrack, Barbara Skinner, and Bob Skinner. The minutes of the May 8, 1997, meeting were read and approved. A. Report by Tom DeGeorge and Dave Mays: 1. FTP access to WWW server is in place. 2. List server status: installed but not available for another week or so; documentation is available which Bob Ekman will review. 3. Threaded discussion group software: Dave will assess Perl Script information forwarded by Stan Klein; other threaded discussion group software suggested, such as Web Crossing, Podium. John Herman and Bob Ekman to check for promotional literature, make phone calls to Charlotte, Boulder, Davis to determine their threaded discussion options. Stressed by group that software be feature rich, secure, user friendly, interactive. Discussion on membership, mail accounts, membership payments. Group interested in both E- mail and list server access. B. Dave Mays reported that City's budget, to be voted on by Mayor and Council on Monday, June 16, 1997, supposed to include $2500 in-kind donation to Rocknet (postage, printing, graphics, etc.) and a share of a Webmaster's time. C. John Herman commended unanimously by group for his presentation on Rocknet's behalf at budget hearings. D. John Herman queried if City had somehow received an invoice for Rocknet's domain name; Dave Mays to check with Thomas E. Thomas and City's accounts payable. Group determined that Rocknet needs a "mailbox" at City Hall. E. Bob Ekman relayed thanks from the Rockville Consortium for Science for Rocknet's participation in the Science Fair. F. Political candidates discussion: 1. Roald Schrack provided definition of a recognized candidate for a City election: must present 100 signatures endorsing candidacy 45 days before the election; or, if money has been contributed for a campaign, must make a financial report to the City and is thereby recognized. "Either - or" triggers: First 100 signatures or first financial report of money collected. Bob Skinner to check Davis to determine if they have a criteria for identifying political candidates. Discussion also included working up a questionnaire for potential candidates; check with League of Women Voters to see if they have a standard questionnaire format. F. Group re-visited and voted to modify the resolution adopted in the May 8, 1997, meeting. MAY 8, 1997 RESOLUTION: "Move that Rocknet will provide the following capability to political candidates: a menu of an alphabetical listing of candidates by office with a pointer to each name to be a link to one meg of space, the content of which is to be defined by each candidate, and containing HTML, text and graphics supplied by each candidate, with two updates allowed, one on September 1, 1997, and one on October 1, 1997." MODIFICATIONS: 1. Candidate criteria: Either 100 signatures or first financial report - YET TO BE DETERMINED; 2. Strike statement about the dedication of one megabyte of space per candidate; 3. Each candidate's responses to a set questionnaire (provided by Rocknet and with the length of each question having a defined limit) will be posted; 4. In addition to having his/her questionnaire responses posted, each candidate will have one link to a Web site of the candidate's choice, with candidate providing HTML, ASCII, text and graphics; 5. Included with each candidate's questionnaire responses will be a specific disclaimer by Rocknet that the views expressed by the candidates are their own and do not reflect the views of Rocknet. Modifications voted on and approved unanimously. G. Discussion determined that Rocknet request suggestions to be included in political questionnaire. Bob Ekman to post, quick time turn-around required - various avenues suggested, such as press release to Gazette. Responses to come to account set up on City server. H. Discussion re Bob Ekman's proposed criteria for link on Rocknet pages: 1. Add that criteria can be amended in the future; 2. Agree to specifically exclude businesses without Web sites; 3. Add that Rocknet will not link to individuals at this time; 4. Add words "such as" to examples of non-profit organizations that may be listed without a link; and 5. Add that Rocknet "will not knowingly link to a Web page where the organization promotes or engages in illegal activities." Gail Muren-Wisan moved to accept criteria with modifications; seconded by Roald Schrack; motion passed. I. Presentation by Jane Jacobs: due to illness she was unable to attend meeting in Blacksburg for the Consensus Democracy conference. However, following testimony before Mayor and Council on June 2, 1997, she was asked to prepare more detailed information on a pilot "community innovation support center" and sought Rocknet input. Bob Skinner, Bob Ekman both indicated it was their belief that Rocknet could take an active role in supporting such an endeavor and that Rocknet could be an iteration of Wheel Knowledge. Jane will keep group apprised of developments as they occur. Meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.