Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
June 21, 1995

Board Members Present:
Lemuel Amen, Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Jeff Ogden, Keith Stanger (Secretary), Mary Udoji
Community Members Present:
Steve Weiss (Chair, HVCN Technical Committee)

The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:20 a.m.

The minutes of the meetings of May 31, June 7, and June 14, 1995 were approved as submitted.

Mr. Barr distributed copies of his work in progress--a contract for computing and telecommunications services between the HVCN and Isthmus Corporation, a commercial Internet service provider. Sandy Walke III, Isthmus Corporation President, was having the contract reviewed by his legal counsel. Mr. Barr said he wanted the HVCN CPA to review the contract. The Board discussed a number of clauses in the draft contract. A resolution was introduced authorizing Mr. Barr to continue developing the contract. The completed contract would be presented to the Board for approval. The resolution was unanimously approved.

Mr. Barr reported that Laurie Sutch, New Center librarian, had worked with a group of University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) students to develop WWW home pages for the Habitat for Humanity and Washtenaw Literacy. Ms. Sutch indicated that she was interested in working with HVCN. Ms. Sutch will attend the Washtenaw Comnet meeting on June 26, 1995 at the New Center building. Mr. Hayes will attend the meeting.

Mr. Barr reported that on June 20, 1995 there was a demonstration of home pages developed by SILS students. Mr. Amen, Mr. Barr, and Ms. Udoji attended the session. Among others, the home pages of the League of Women Voters and the Washtenaw Environmental Interest Group were shown. Mr. Weiss points to these pages on the HVCN InfoCenter pages he has been developing.

Mr. Weiss announced there was a Washtenaw Information Networks (WIN) meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Michigan Union Food Court. He wanted to discuss there some of the details of HVCN's plans for coming into existence, including the contract with the Isthmus Corporation. The Board agreed that it was appropriate to discuss the evolving Isthmus contract. Mr. Barr said he would, as a courtesy, inform Sandy Walke of the meeting. Mr. Amen asked Mr. Weiss what concerns people might have about the HVCN/Isthmus relationship. Mr. Weiss responded that up until now HVCN has not had a site or hardware for its system. The existence of a "live" HVCN might help clarify what WIN was and what its role might be in the community.

Mr. Weiss observed that it was time to get an HVCN Content Committee organized. He saw three levels of HVCN content involvement: 1) pointers to organizational information at non-HVCN sites; 2) pointers to organizational information stored at HVCN's site; and 3) pointers to organizational information stored at HVCN's site and written with the help of HVCN volunteers. The maintenance of the posted information--its reliability and currency--will be critical to the value of HVCN's service to the community. Mr. Weiss said that the people who will comprise the HVCN Content Committee are probably largely unknown to us today. One of the ways we will find them will be to get HVCN on-line so the community can get a sense of the possibilities. Mr. Barr said we might seek Content Committee volunteers at the HVCN informational meetings for community leaders to be co-sponsored with the Institute for Community and Regional Development (ICARD).

Mr. Ogden observed that Ann Arbor Public Access Cable gathers information for its programming that could also be of value to HVCN. It might be useful if we could work out a means for community organizations to submit to one site information they wanted to disseminate and then have that information distributed to all appropriate parties, e.g., Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor Observer, Ann Arbor Public Access Cable, etc. Mr. Weiss said that an HVCN mailing list was a possible service we had not discussed.

Mr. Barr said he wanted to get more information from Ms. Howard about the nature and availability of the Caucus conference system.

Mr. Weiss said that the HVCN Technical Committee will want to meet with the HVCN Policy Committee to get guidance on the policies the Technical Committee should implement. Mr. Barr said that at this point the Policy Committee was the HVCN Board of Directors. Mr. Ogden suggested that as a start we collect the acceptable use policies from a number of community networks. He also suggested that Mr. Weiss compile a list of policy questions he thought the Technical Committee would have to confront and implement. Mr. Weiss said he could start that list now, but would generate a much more complete list when he was actually setting up and testing the HVCN system.

Ms. Udoji introduced a resolution thanking Mr. Barr and Mr. Weiss for all the thought and time and energy they have put into crafting the HVCN contract with the Isthmus Corporation. All present unanimously expressed their appreciation for the efforts of Mr. Barr and Mr. Weiss.

The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger, Secretary