1998 Motions & Votes
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  • Issue: Link from RootsWeb to The USGenWeb Project national website.
  • Date: 3 Dec 1998
  • Motion #98-9: Due to a number of requests by County Coordinators, I move that we, as the National Advisory Board, request and approve of RootsWeb placing a link from the main RootsWeb web page toThe USGenWeb Project main page.
  • Motion by: Beth Wills
  • Second by: Bridgett Smith
  • Votes:
    • Bamford, Bob - Present
    • Cisewski, Virginia "Ginger" - Aye
    • Craven, Jan - Aye
    • Davis, Terry - Aye
    • Heidel, Kathy Welch - Aye
    • Holt, Trey - Aye
    • James-Henderson, Yvonne - Aye
    • Mason, Kay - Aye
    • Mills, Betsy - Aye
    • Myers, Kim - Aye
    • Reid, Pam - Aye
    • Smith, Bridgett - Aye
    • Timm, Holly - Aye
    • Wafford, Debbie -
    • Wills, Beth - Aye

  • Issue: Offer from System Integrators, Inc.
  • Date: 13 December 1998
  • Motion #98-10: I move that the attached letter from Toby White-Beebe of System Integrators Inc. be forwarded to The USGenWeb Archives Project. The Archives Project shall be authorized to establish a dialog with the said company for the purposes of determining what value would exist from a possible agreement with the said company. Any agreements shall be subject to approval by The USGenWeb Advisory Board. The Board representative from the Archives project shall from time to time provide updates to the Board on the progress of any discussions.
30 November 1998
U.S.GenWeb Project
Interim National Coordinator
Mr. Bob Bamford
Dear Sir,

I am writing you on behalf of a Company that I work in an attempt to
establish communication and get the initial "ball rolling". Though I do not
have authority to speak for the Company, I have talked to the CEO of the
Company and he is very interested in hearing more on what I have proposed.

The Corporation, System Integrators, Inc., has been in business for 25 years
now and has been a top level producer of Publishing Software for the
International Magazine and Newspaper publishing industries. In its early
years, System Integrators, Inc. produced terminals and connective software
to Mainframe Computers. More recently, as the personal computers became
more prevalent, System Integrators, Inc. provided emulation boards to
connect PC's to the Tandem Mainframes. Ever changing with today's
technologies, System Integrators, Inc. continues to lead the marketplace in
software and it's connectivity to mainframes.

What I had proposed to my CEO, Mr. Frank Washington, was to find out whether
we, as the software writers, had the ability to turn on some type of switch
that would allow our customers to be able to "forward" their daily
obituaries to your project's archives ? We already produce the software
that our customers use to create their obituary columns, why can't we keep
all future typing to a minimum ? I know that the volunteers that are typing
past documents are extremely overworked and if there is a way to "keep up"
with today, why not ? My continued thoughts would be that on a daily or
weekly basis, our customers could compile their data, push their button and
forward the data on to a central receiving point designated by GenWeb for
final archiving ?

Right now, the thoughts are rough, the intent and benefits are long lasting.
I would continue to assume, that as the individual transcribers receive
"posting" credits for their work, so could the "donating" newspaper or
agency receive the same byline(s) ? System Integrators, Inc. would only be
receiving compensatory compensation from it's customers for the added
feature(s) provided by this ability vs. sharing a byline by donation.

My question(s) to you are;
1. In what form would the U.S.GenWeb Project prefer to receive the daily or
weekly information ? After researching the Idaho records this morning on
the FTP site, even the Census has been transcribed into ASCII text ?
2. Presuming that down the road, that "this" project were in test phases,
would it be better to FTP the information to a receiving site for further
processing ? or directly into it's final resting grounds ?
3. We also provide a format for the industry using Adobe's PDF ( Portable
Document Format ) which carries all of the pictures, text and fonts as a
single document. It is fully searchable and can be modified, if so need be.
Would this be a better option ?

I am quite sure that there are many more details to work out before we can
get this project going ? I will be stepping out of the picture as things
progress, as relaying information between sources has a tendency to fall
apart if not monitored properly and this is not part of the scope for the
department I do work in. I hope that my insight into the needs of GenWeb
and my insight into my Company's abilities can work out a mutually
beneficial partnership.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Toby White-Beebe
Network/System Specialist

SYSTEM INTEGRATORS, INC.
1300 National Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 929-9481 ext. 3432

Business Email ; whitebeebe@sii.com
Business Website ; http://www.sii.com
Personal Email ; twbeebe@2xtreme.net

Cc: Julia M Case, Editor RootsWeb Review
  • Motion by: Trey Holt
  • Second by: Yvonne James-Henderson
  • Votes:
    • Bamford, Bob - Present
    • Cisewski, Virginia "Ginger" - Aye
    • Craven, Jan - Nay
    • Davis, Terry - Aye
    • Heidel, Kathy Welch - Aye
    • Holt, Trey - Aye
    • James-Henderson, Yvonne - Aye
    • Mason, Kay - Aye
    • Mills, Betsy - Aye
    • Myers, Kim - Aye
    • Reid, Pam - Aye
    • Smith, Bridgett - Aye
    • Wills, Beth - Aye

  • Issue: Resignation of Debbie Wafford, NW/Plains CC Rep
  • Date: 10 Dec 1998
  • Motion #98-11: I move to accept Debbie Wafford's resignation and to include the Northwest/Plains CC Rep. position in the upcoming election.
  • Motion by: Ginger Cisewski
  • Second by: Kay Mason
  • Votes:
    • Bamford, Bob - Present
    • Cisewski, Virginia "Ginger" - Aye
    • Craven, Jan - Aye
    • Davis, Terry - Aye
    • Heidel, Kathy Welch - Aye
    • Holt, Trey - Aye
    • James-Henderson, Yvonne - Aye
    • Mason, Kay - Aye
    • Mills, Betsy - Aye
    • Myers, Kim - Aye
    • Reid, Pam - Aye
    • Smith, Bridgett - Aye
    • Timm, Holly - Aye
    • Wills, Beth - Aye

  • Issue: Resignation of Holly Timm, Se/Mid-Atlantic CC Rep
  • Date: 15 Dec 1998
  • Motion #98-12: I move that we accept Holly Timm's resignation from SE/Mid-Atlantic CC Rep, with regrets, and that we add her position to the upcoming election for replacement.
  • Motion by: Kay Mason
  • Second by: Trey Holt
  • Votes:
    • Bamford, Bob - Present
    • Cisewski, Virginia "Ginger" - Aye
    • Craven, Jan - Aye
    • Davis, Terry - Aye
    • Heidel, Kathy Welch - Aye
    • Holt, Trey - Aye
    • James-Henderson, Yvonne - Aye
    • Mason, Kay - Aye
    • Mills, Betsy - Aye
    • Myers, Kim - Aye
    • Reid, Pam - Aye
    • Smith, Bridgett - Aye
    • Wills, Beth - Aye

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