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                   ROCKNET MEETING MINUTES

                       September 9, 1999

Present: Mike Cannon, Stan Klein, Erik Granered, Bob Ekman

Meeting called to order at 7:45 pm by Bob Ekman.

1. Minutes of the 8 July meeting were tabled due to the lack of 
   members from that meeting. There was no meeting in August.

2. Reports:
   a. The city is seeking applications for the web administrator 
      position.  They have received some resumes, but would like 
      more. They will Post an ad in the Washington Post. Bob Ekman
      agreed to help with interviews.
   b. Statistics from the web sites are not available.  There was
      discussion on the possible products that produce statistics.
      Erik Granered agreed to establish a process, including
      selection of the appropriate tool.
   c. Chris Medley will continue to help with web pages until a 
      new administrator is hired.

3. RockNet received a letter from the Maryland Department of 
   Assessments on Personal Property Returns.  The letter will be
   forwarded to Bob Skinner.

4. Web Server
   a. The issue of server backups was discussed.  Mike Cannon will
      review the issue with Ray Pecora.
   b. The new server is up and running well.  RockNet intends to 
      grant several new accounts to help with the creation of web
   c. The need for a better connection to the Internet was again 
      raised. The City is waiting on the StarPower agreement.  It 
      could be several or many months.  The City may look into 
      using a DSL service in the interim.

5. The plans for the new web server include the following tasks.
   a. Bob Ekman will work on setting up the Index Server. We will
      work to have two separate search results -- one for RockNet
      and one for the City.
   b. Erik Granered will work on  setting up the process for 
      dropping files on our server.  We are currently using FTP
      which is not real secure.

6. City Elections
   a. The City is planning to post results from election night
      directly to their web site.  The web site results will be 
      the basis for the report on the cable channel.
   b. Roald Schrack has agreed to help with the RockNet election 
      web pages.  It was felt that candidate positions on subjects
      of interest to Rockville citizens should be posted.

7. Increased participation in RockNet was discussed.  It was 
   suggested that we place an article in Rockville Reports.  In
   order to describe what we mean by participation, it was 
   decided that we post a list of possible RockNet projects.

8. The Gaithersburg web site was reviewed.  Their web cam was 
   considered as a possible project for Rockville.

9. The Y2K articles in Rockville Reports was discussed as to 
   whether it focused too much on it as an emergency.

10. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted,

  Bob Ekman
  524 Carr Ave.
  Rockville, MD 20850