Online Collaboration Pilot

November 29, 2007

IEEE is currently using a hosted solution for 159 on-line communities supporting about 27,000 members. The general perception is that the product is too complex and not intuitive to use.

IEEE is seeking to implement a next generation On-line Community solution set to address these perceived shortcomings.  To that end, IEEE has engaged a third-party to help develop and host a Community Portal Pilot based on state-of-the¬art technology solutions from IBM including WebSphere Portal, Sametime, Lotus Connections and Quickr.

If the Pilot phase is deemed successful, a hosted Production phase could commence as per IEEE’s timeframe.

We need your help. We are seeking users for this pilot. Responsibilities would be to use the tools and give honest feedback to improve the solution set.

Target start date for the pilot is 1/15/2008. Might be sooner.


More sites to look at and event registration

November 24, 2007

Good info from Gary. Yes, I agree that our current site wins with elegance/functionality.

Gary added some more sites to the list we should look at (with specifics about event registration). They’re in the mail he sent out.

I’ll only add that I seached for information about the eventbrite that Santa Clara uses and found out (don’t know how current it is but certainly the ballpark) that the fee for Eventbrite is 2.5% of the ticket price, with a minimum fee of $0.99 and a maximum fee of $9.95 

Phoenix uses Hard to find out what it costs … may vary on what you do. I read 7.6% of ticket price in one report.

Dallas CAS ( uses a free IEEE registration system.

But what do we do with free events?

Sites from Other Sections

November 23, 2007

I created a website category for this discussion. 

Gary pointed out some section sites we should look at. They do use this entity web hosting provided by IEEE. Why don’t we use that? What’s the history?I do like the Santa Clara site
North Carolina  This is the only one I could find.
Austin  I can only find the Computer Society for Austin but …
Central Texas I found the scrolling distracting. Do people like that?
Boston has that three-column format I like but the middle one seems too structured.
Boulder looks pretty minimal … Denver better.

Web Site Building Notes

November 13, 2007

Here are some web site building notes.


Web Site Statistics Since Last Meeting

November 13, 2007

Here are webwebstatistics002.jpg site statistics for since our last ExecComm meeting.


  • Session: A series of Hits to your site over a specific period of time by one visitor.
  • Pageview: A request to the web server by a visitor’s browser for any web page; this excludes images, javascript, and other generally embedded file types.
  • Hit: Any successful request to a webserver from a visitor’s browser.
  • Bytes: The quantity of network bandwidth used by the files requested during the selected Date Range.

Here are the blog hits.