Minutes from "RTG General Meeting" on 2006-12-01 14:45

Attendance: Roger Petry, Curt Schroeder, Lyle Benko
Regrets: Tim Maciag, Keith Fortowski Time: 2:45-3:30 p.m.
Location: Teleconferencing using Skype

1. Initial Update (Lyle Benko)

  • Lyle Benko indicated that in meeting with Chuck Hopkins representing the United Nations University, Chuck had indicated that the SK RCE was unique among RCEs in the technological approach we were undertaking.
  • Lyle also indicated how our technological work provided an essential component of the workings of an RCE at a regional level in a way that made collaborative work efficient. It was noted that with the SK RCE Web site and the use of teleconferencing technologies (such as Skype used for this meeting), committees would be able to generally meet at a virtual level and then periodically meet for face to face meetings for both business and socializing. It was noted that virtual meetings enabled more people to attend, could occur in bad weather conditions (such as the blizzard today when people could connect from home), or to fit into people's busy meeting schedules.
  • Skype was identified as a very useful technology as it allowed conference calls that included both those with Skype and those simply on a regular telephone line. Lyle noted a slight delay with his phone line. Currently both those using Skype through their computers and phone calls within North America are free. It was also noted that web-cameras could be used with Skype as well, both to see others and see the image one is projecting to others.
    • Action Item: Curt will develop a link on the SK RCE site explaining the reasons to use Skype for our regional committees, how it can be used with our committees, directing people to a how-to link on the Skype Web site, and providing any further additional comments that might help our RCE committee members.
    • Action Item: Lyle Benko will provide further background on an SCN project related to our SK RCE work.

2. Review of Draft 2-Page Final Report submission to U of R Technology Innovation Fund

  • Roger reviewed amendments provided by Tanya Dahms.
  • Lyle and Curt provided further comments.
    • Action Item: Roger Petry will make amendments to the document and submit it to the Technology Innovation Fund, copying RTG members and other participants.
    • Action Item: Roger Petry will e-mail the final copy to Chuck Hopkins and other individuals at the UNU.
  • Policies for SK RCE Site
    • Curt Schroeder highlighted the general importance of policies governing postings on Web sites.
      • Action Item: Curt will draft a policy for the SK RCE site that includes
      • A general etiquette for postings (e.g. not allowing slander, etc.)
      • A possible policy regarding intellectual property considerations for text documents and images (generally focusing on open use (e.g. freedom to use with attribution or possibly share and share alike) unless otherwise indicated; Curt will consult the Creative Commons Web site.

3. A description of the kinds of formats to be used on the site (e.g., PDF version for documents that have been finalized; other modifiable text versions for works in progress or works intended to be easily incorporated into other works; possible role for Open Document Format as well).

4. SK RCE Web Site Domain Name 1. It was decided to use “skrce.ca” as the domain name for the site.

  • Action Item: Curt will register the domain name and put his name as the administrator for the domain name for the time being. He will send Roger an invoice for the amount to register the name.

5. Next Meeting

  • A next meeting will be scheduled for January once we have been notified by the UNU that the SK RCE proposal has been accepted.

6. Meeting Adjourned: 3:30 p.m.