RMIUG Meeting Minutes - Boulder Community
Our featured speaker was Neal McBurnett
(AT&T, firstname.lastname@example.org), along
with Wally Wedel (US West, email@example.com),
and Madeline Gonzalez (BCN, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The presentation gave an explanation and
demo of Boulder Community Network, a free
online library of community information.
Boulder Community Network (BCN) is a cooperative
effort involving Boulder educational, social,
civic, and non-profit groups. Current participants
include the University of Colorado, the
Boulder and Longmont Public Libraries, the
Boulder Valley School District, Boulder
County and City governments, the Boulder
County United Way, the Boulder County Civic
Center (BCCC), and KGNU. BCN is also working
with the Knight-Ridder Information Design
Lab, Cable Labs, OneNet, the Boulder County
Business Report, the Daily Camera, Apple
Media Labs, and national labs.
Currently available online information
includes Boulder City Council minutes &
agendas, CU-LINE, Boulder County Employment
and Training Center information, KGNU schedules,
and Colorado Music Festival information,
etc. BCN also provides links to CARL and
other Library systems, the Boulder Valley
School District's Web site, and other sources
of information on the Internet, including
a pointer to RMIUG's Web site. :-)
BCN is based on the World Wide Web technology
(WWW), and includes multimedia capabilities
and hypertext links to other resources.
The BCN online presence started on April
1 as a prototype and will begin Phase 1
on July 18 with a press conference at the
CU Computing Center at noon. Phase 1 includes
Boulder Public Library patron terminals,
CU-line kiosks and Boulder Valley School
District computers and dial-up lines. The
prototype is available at http://bcn.boulder.co.us
or telnet bcn.boulder.co.us 2001 (ie, port
The funding for BCN comes initially from
CU, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting
grant, and an Apple Library of Tomorrow
grant. Long term funding may come from an
NTIA grant, contributions from local agencies,
Universal Access funding sources, individual
contributors and possibly commercial funding.
BCN is providing a greater sense of community
through the synergy of participating organizations
at planning and advisory meetings, training
sessions for the less advantaged segments
of society, and building awareness of other
community groups and activities.
Finally, BCN is always seeking the help
of volunteers. To help out, please contact
Madeline Gonzalez at 303-492-8176 or email@example.com
We had about 110 people in attendance
at the meeting. Alek Komarnitsky MC'ed the
meeting. Alek thanked Bryan Buus and XOR
Network Engineering for all of their help
on maintaining the RMIUG Internet services
and Internet One of Boulder for sponsoring
refreshments at the RMIUG meetings. Also
thanks to Chris Fedde of US West who set
up and ran the June RMIUG meeting and NCAR
for letting us use their auditorium for
The next meeting will be held on Aug.
9th at NCAR and will feature Dr. Michael
who will talk about Internet Resource Discovery
(how to find things on the Net). A crypto-fest
meeting on Privacy, Encryption, PGP, Clipper
Chip, etc. is in the works for September
(13th), hopefully. Suggestions were also
taken for future meeting topics.
Robert Skrobe announced the formation
of the RMIUG Internet Job Search Subgroup.
This is a group of active job seekers who
will learn about using the Internet as a
job search tool. Contact Robert either by
or phone (303) 440-7598.
Lloyd Brodsky announced the formation
of the Colorado Internet Chamber of Commerce.
This will be a working group of people who
derive all or part of their income from
Internet-related work. Some ideas for the
group include publishing a directory, sharing
leads, hosting a trade show, etc. The first
meeting will be a lunch meeting on Wed,
Aug. 3 at 11:30 am in the restaurant at
Ramada Inn, Rt. 36 and Sheridan. For more
information or to reserve a spot, contact
Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or
For more information on the Rocky Mountain
Internet Users Group, send an email to email@example.com.