Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 2, 2004
1:30 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

  1. Working Group Charter.

    The draft of the charter to become a Working Group was distributed. After brief discussion, the charter was approved to be sent to the NITC without revision. Since the meeting, Cat Souliere, Chair of the Webmasters Group, has been informed that the charter will be on NITC's agenda in April. We are welcome to attend the meeting, and several should be on hand to answer any questions.

  2. Translation Programs.

    There was more discussion about automatic translation programs. In the past, there has been discussion about the Top Sites translation service. Babel Fish was added as another possibility. It was noted that some agencies have had trouble with legal statements and documents being translated. These services translate literally. While it was indicated that "something is better than nothing," agencies are cautioned that items of a legal or sensitive nature may require human translation. It was also noted that PDF files are not translated by these services.

  3. Miscellaneous.

    Cat Souliere has been given control of the Webmasters e-mail list. If someone wants to join, they send a request to Cat and they will receive an invitation/confirmation.

    There are some new e-mail viruses to watch out for. There are several that seem to come from legitimate sources but require you to run a program and enter a password. Do not take these lightly. It was also noted that there are scam e-mails that request personal information, such as credit card numbers for "confirmation." These are also to be watched for.

    A brief discussion took place on the topic of Branding. Several members think there should be something on every site that identifies that site as a part of the Nebraska state government. Members are encouraged to think about ideas/designs to discuss at the next meeting. The idea is not to take up a large amount of space, but to make it clear that the site is a legitimate part of government. It was noted that this lack of clarity was one aspect to the Brown University study that gave Nebraska government sites a rank of 48 out of 50.

    We discussed archiving again. There is some confusion as to the specific requirements, and it was decided to try to get speakers, including the State Archivist, to a meeting to help clarify the responsibilities of webmasters on this subject.

    We discussed the Online Form Initiative. This initiative from the Governor requires all forms used by the public to be online and editable by 2005. It was decided that a special meeting would be held to discuss this topic.

  4. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, April 7, 2004
2:00 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

This is a special meeting, specifically to discuss the Online Form Initiative.

The next regular meeting will be held May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the same location.