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                      ROCKNET MEETING MINUTES

                         January 9, 2003

The meeting was held in the City Manager's Conference room at City Hall.
The meeting convened at 7:35 pm.

Present: Bob Ekman, Betsy Robbins, Stan Klein, Jim Beller, Brian Pierce,
Mike Cannon, Roald Schrack.

1) The minutes of the meeting of December 12, 2002 were accepted.

2) Betsy Robbins reported on the City website. Visitors were 1,828 per day.
The new site design seems to be effective in helping visitors find the
material they are looking for. New features are attracting use - 75 order
forms for "Portrait of a City" were downloaded. Two new features for the
site are being planned and will be implemented upon approval by Mayor and
Council. Those not able to watch the city functions broadcast on cable
channel 11 will soon be able to watch them on the city website. Material
being broadcast on channel 11 will be simultaneously available by live
streaming on the website using the Microsoft Media Player. The second
innovation will be the availability of the city Graphical Information
System database on the web site. Viewers will be able to see the city map
with overlays of various data such as house values, ownership, water lines,
etc, etc. 

3) There were 331 visitors per day to the Rocknet web site. Bob Ekman
reported on progress in setting up the new server. Users will need a
"secure FTP" to access the new server. He reported problems in the setup of
the mail server system, Lyris 5, and indicated he might switch to Lyris 6.1
which has just been released. There was extensive discussion of options
that would be available for listserve operation. 

4) New Business: Mike Cannon reports that the city is developing a mobile
training system that can be moved to different locations utilizing wi-fi
networking. The students would use wi-fi equipped laptops. Any convenient
room, large enough to accommodate a class could then be quickly setup to
serve as a computer training area.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm

Respectfully submitted,

  Roald A. Schrack
  13 Farsta Ct.
  Rockville, MD 20850
  voice: 301-279-7017
  fax:   301-279-8889