Transcript RockNet

Introduction to RockNet
Bob Ekman
301-340-9696
[email protected]
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Agenda
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RockNet
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Services
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Mission
City Relationship
Web Links
Web Hosting
Email Lists
Camera
Consultation
Web Pages
Wireless Internet Access
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RockNet
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Rockville Community Network
Non-Profit Corporation (501(c)(3))
 Founded
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in 1996
All volunteer board and administration
Web site: http://www.rocknet.org
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1997
 Over 400 visitors a day
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Meetings: 3rd Thursday of month at City Hall
 Anyone
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invited to participate
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Mission
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To promote communications between citizens,
community groups, businesses, and the Rockville city
government.
We support connections to your neighbors, your
communities, and local information resources through
Internet technologies, including a web site and an
e-mail list server.
We are building a network with a community focus that
provides a presence for organizations that are underrepresented on the web.
Your RockNet.
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City Relationship
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City provides the servers, software, and
Internet connection for our online services.
We maintain the server content (web pages,
email lists, etc.).
City provides support for meetings and system
administration.
We help the City with new technology and
related initiatives.
We complement City services.
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Services
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Web Page Links
Web Page Hosting
Email List Server
Digital Camera
Consultation and Advice
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Home Page
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Second
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Web
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Web Page Links
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RockNet web pages link to many other web
sites that relate to the RockNet mission.
If you would like a link to your web site, send a
note to [email protected]
Must provide service to Rockville citizens
through the Internet.
Non-profit organizations may be listed without
a link.
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Web Page Hosting
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Web space for non-profit organizations that are
associated with Rockville.
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Options:
 RockNet
 You
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administrator will post your web pages, or
can administer your pages directly.
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User Accounts – forms online
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FTP upload/download
Separate directories for production and test.
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Email List Server
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A way you can communicate with others in the
Rockville on-line community.
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A "list" is a group of e-mail addresses such that
by sending a note to a single e-mail account,
all members of the list get a copy of the note.
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Some lists are “open” to all, some are “closed”.
Try sending a note to [email protected]
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Digital Camera
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Sony Mavica digital camera for loan to
community organizations within the City of
Rockville.
Use to create digital pictures for community
web site or other publications.
Contact Jim Beller, the RockNet Treasurer,
[email protected]
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Web Page Consultation
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You need a web administrator
We can help with design and structure issues
Think of it as a journalist task
Keep it simple, clean, user friendly
Consider your audience – your community
There are tools - RockNet CD of tools available
Grow your skills and your web site
Planning a web author class
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Web
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Example
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Web Page Markup Language (HTML)
<html>
<head>
<title>Your Organization's Name</title>
</head>
<body bgcolor=#fffbef>
<h1><img src="yourlogo.gif" width=200 height=200>Your Organization's Name</h1>
<hr>
<p>Introduction to your organization.
<p>The mission and purpose of your organization.
<ul>
<li><a href="calendar.html">Calendar</a>
<li><a href="members.html">Members and Officers</a>
<li><a href="minutes.html">Meeting Minutes</a>
<li><a href="newsletters.html">Newsletters</a>
</ul>
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Web Page Tips
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Plan to revise some of your pages frequently.
Use obvious navigation techniques.
Keep material free of litigation inducing comments.
Important information should be toward the top.
Use high contrast, few fonts, color schemes.
Identify the pages as Rockville Maryland.
Indicate page owner and contact information.
Use photos, limit graphics.
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Wireless Internet Discussion
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It would be possible to set up a wireless
Internet access in a local neighborhood.
See RockNet web pages on the subject.
Issues of cost, ownership, security.
Commercial providers available.
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