Archive:2007-07-15

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This is a chapters meeting to organize both our chapters and the (inter)national organization for the upcoming fall semester.

RSVP

If you think you can make it to this meeting, please RSVP here! Please list your chapter, and link to your userpage on the wiki if you like.

Planning to attend

  • Nelson Pavlosky, George Mason Law / Swarthmore College alumnus
  • Gavin Baker, University of Florida / alumnus
  • Fred Benenson, New York University
  • Nicholas L., Swarthmore College
  • Ben M., Swarthmore College
  • Parker P., Chadwick School
  • Nile / John Li, University of Florida (hi mom!)
  • Dave Riordan
  • Christina, Brown University
  • Brian Rowe, Seattle University (most likely attending)
  • Asheeesh Laroia, very likely attending
  • .hj barraza, Monterrey Tech - Mexico
  • Andy Scudder, University of Evansville
  • Conley, Virginia Tech

Unable to attend

  • Kevin, Georgetown University (Out of the country from July 14th-26th)

Agenda

We have a lot to cover, so we won't be going very in-depth on most subjects; instead, we'll introduce the topic and direct interested individuals to the appropriate place. Feel free to ask a question at any time, but we will need to stay on topic and move through the agenda; further discussion can take place on the wiki, mailing lists, or IRC channel, or at future meetings.

Update chapter roster & contacts

We need to figure out (1) which of our chapters will still be around next semester, and (2) who will serve as the contact for the national org. Many of our chapter contacts are graduating, so they either need to give us a new contact for their chapter, or confirm that their chapter is shutting down. We will have an official, automated way to do this through our website within the next few weeks, but for now we can just take an unofficial headcount.

How FreeCulture.org can help chapters

Inform chapters of resources available and ask where help is needed.

FreeCulture.org can offer chapters:

  • A subdomain (yourschool.freeculture.org) to redirect to your chapter's Web site, blog, or wiki
  • Wiki hosting for your chapter
  • Mailing list(s) for your chapter
  • Swag shipped to your chapter
  • Advice and witty banter from FreeCulture.org chapters and friends

In the future, FreeCulture.org will be able to offer chapters:

  • Blog hosting
  • Single login across FC.o-hosted wikis and blogs
    • Is this correct? --Gavin 17:10, 12 July 2007 (JST)
    • Yes, we hope. We're planning on running an OpenID server which will be recognized by all of our web software, but this may require some serious hacking and will take some time to implement. --Nelson 21:14, 12 July 2007 (JST)
  • Shared address book
  • More and better swag shipped to your chapter

Where to go to get help and/or make friends:

News from FreeCulture.org

  • Potential projects
    • DMCA/P2P concerts with Digital Freedom Campaign
    • Net neutrality concerts with Future of Music Coalition
    • Opensearch
    • Swapnotes
    • Survey of U.S. Presidential candidates

Future of the organization

How to get involved with FreeCulture.org

  • Web Team
  • Volunteer meetings
  • Hang out on IRC

Minutes

Log

Log available at 2007-07-15/log

Attendance

  • Nelson Pavlosky, George Mason Law / Swarthmore College alumnus
  • Gavin Baker, University of Florida alumnus
  • Fred Benenson, New York University
  • Nicholas L., Swarthmore College
  • Ben M., Swarthmore College
  • Parker P., Chadwick School
  • Nile / John Li, University of Florida
  • Eldo Varghese, University of Florida
  • Christina, Brown University
  • Brian Rowe, Seattle University
  • Asheeesh Laroia
  • .hj barraza, Monterrey Tech - Mexico
  • Conley, Virginia Tech

Update chapter roster & contacts

  • Chapter roster
    • Nelson kind of took care of a lot of that while calling people to remind them of the meeting
      • chapters that no longer exist include University of Oregon and Hampshire College
      • chapters that still theoretically exist but whom Nelson could not reach
        • well, their contact graduated, e.g. Emerson, UNC
          • Fred: why don't we make a category for them? like "Once Active, Now Possibly Defunct due to Graduation, etc."
    • We're in the process of overhauling our chapter database
      • Asheesh will have an ETA by mid-week
      • once the chapters database is overhauled, we're going to have to ask all of our chapters to re-register
        • Why
          • the old database is too crufty
          • full of out of date info
          • and it'll also help us tell who is active and who isn't
            • chapters that don't reregister after repeated e-mails, IMs, phone calls etc. can be considered dead
        • we need to get our chapters re-registered before the semester starts
          • need up-to-date shipping info for swag
            • swag from friends plus some stuff of our own!
              • But we have no XL T-shirts, and very few L
      • We need to better handle transitions of when people graduate, etc.

How FreeCulture.org can help chapters

Currently, FreeCulture.org offers chapters:

  • A subdomain (yourschool.freeculture.org) to redirect to your chapter's Web site, blog, or wiki (hosted on your site or ours)
  • Wiki hosting for your chapter
    • Not blog hosting... but in the future, yes
  • Mailing list(s) for your chapter
  • Swag shipped to your chapter
  • Advice and witty banter from FreeCulture.org chapters and friends

Where to go to get help and/or make friends:

  • Mailing lists
  • Chapters meetings: re-starting?
  • Hang out in the IRC channel
  • Planet
  • Conference: Coming to a campus near you in 2008
    • Probably on the U.S. West Coast... it's sunny out there!

News from FreeCulture.org

This is a list of some projects FC.o has tentatively been involved with. Some initial planning has been done; to proceed, they need volunteers; on the other hand, it's not too late to back out on them. For now, decisions about what to work on will be made by (who?)

  • DMCA/P2P concerts with Digital Freedom Campaign
  • Net neutrality concerts with Future of Music Coalition
  • Opensearch
  • Swapnotes
  • Survey of U.S. Presidential candidates (with friendly orgs)

To get involved with any of these or to learn more, come to the first volunteer on 2007-07-22 (see below for more info).

Future of the organization

How to get involved with FreeCulture.org

(For broader discussion, see the log starting at 23:06:43)