1998 ECTC Status Reports
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May 1998 ECTC Status Report

May was another slow month for the Electronic Communications Technical Committee, except for some exciting activity at the International Space Development Conference in Milwaukee. Most of the ECTC activity again came from the Web Team, as the updates through the ASI web system continued at high levels. The ECTC grew by one new member in May, as five new members offset four departures of existing members. The new members are Thomas Hernandez, Chris Low, WaterWar83, and Humberto Massa. Mail to Marco Costa, Steve Cobourne-Smith, and Noel Friesen started bouncing in May and their addresses were removed from the mailing list. And Lorianne Hamoline decided to leave the ECTC. An update from April that was left off last month's report is the address changes of Jeremy Kraemer and Tim Cadell. At the end of May, the ECTC had 27 active members, with another 49 people in the Observer or Rep categories. You can find the complete ECTC membership listing, including ICQ numbers, at . As always, there is still a lot of room for new volunteers for ECTC tasks. If you would like to join the ECTC and help with any of those tasks, you can use the form on the ECTC task list page at .

Here is the latest status information from the individual work areas within the ECTC:

Help Desk

Nanci Brasket returned to her role in manning the Comm and Info Center as her successful recovery from brain surgery continues.

Listserver Mailing Lists

Although there were no configuration changes made to the ASI mailing lists last month, it was hardly a quiet month for the ASI mailing lists. E-mail traffic on the artemis-list and microlander-team mailing lists were extremely heavy all month long, with a lot of excellent discussion taking place on those and other ASI mailing lists. Rhoda Bryant's "Conversation Guidelines for electronic discussions" were discussed again in the May ECTC IRC meeting and will soon be posted on the ASI web site.

World Wide Web Server

The ASI web site continued to improve in May, as the Missing Links project continued to clean up link problems on the site. Although a high volume of updates continued to go through the ASI web system, the Web and Editing teams were able to keep up with the update requests and no significant backlogs developed. During May, a total of 158 updates were published to the ASI web site, including 62 new documents, 79 modifications to existing documents, 9 deleted documents, 7 moved documents, and 1 renamed document. The latest updates bring the total number of documents on the ASI web site to 2136 HTML documents and 834 GIF and JPEG images. Most of the work in editing and approving the updates was done by Luanne Jorewicz, Leah Simpson, Greg Bennett, John Wertz, Ian Randal Strock, Candace Dicks, Jeremy Kraemer, Tim Cadell, and Simon Rowland. Some of the new documents and other updates were submitted by Richard Perry, Predrag Lezaic, Kurt Klaus, Joelle Cowan, and Charles Collier. The Web Team projects were again a key topic at the May ECTC IRC meeting, along with continued discussion about the ASI Site Design project. John Peel completed the new header and footer templates, ending the first phase of that Web Team project. John Wertz generated a new set of Missing Links reports, which provide an updated set of missing links that need correction.

WWW Conversation Pages

No progress to report this month.

Usenet newsgroups

No progress to report this month.

Online Services

No progress to report this month.

Real-time Meetings

The May ECTC IRC meeting was held on May 10 and was as active as most previous meetings, despite a lower turnout of nine members. Some of the ECTC tasks discussed in the meeting included the E-mail Conversation Guidelines, the ADB Outline, the ASI Site Design project, Web Search Engine, and the Electronic Communications FAQ. The Missing Links and Moon Miners Manifesto Archives Web Team projects also saw a lot of discussion during the meeting. The most significant event of the month, and probably for the year so far, however, had to be the live broadcast from the International Space Development Conference in Milwaukee. Held over the Memorial Day weekend, this year's ISDC was the first to include a program track dedicated to the Artemis Project. The Artemis Project sessions on Sunday, May 24 were broadcast live over the Internet using a combination of IRC and a WebCam camera taking pictures from the conference room in the Hyatt hotel in Milwaukee. ECTC members staffed the IRC terminal during the sessions, transcribing some of the presentations and discussions taking place during the sessions. The WebCam camera took periodic snapshots of the presentations and panel discussions during the sessions and posted the pictures on the ASI web site. As the ECTC's first experiment with a live event broadcast, the ISDC broadcast went surprisingly well. Future Artemis Project events will see similar, and improved, broadcasts based on our experiences at the 1998 ISDC.


Tom Wheeler agreed to take over the role of ASI Newsmonger, relieving Tim Cadell of his title of "acting ASI Newsmonger", although Tim will remain involved in a supporting role. Before the staffing changes, Tim added several more news articles to the ASI Online News. Tom and Tim continue to look for additional writers and contacts in other ASI committees to provide activity reports. If you have any information that would be useful for an ASI Online News article, or if you would like to write for the Online News, contact Tom at "".

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