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Re: Member's Only AMSAT.ORG - Update



Emily,

Will the Members Only section be restricted to AMSAT-NA members? I'm
assuming they are the only ones you would have in your database for
validation purposes anyway.

Félim M3HIM
AMSAT-UK 6464
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Emily Clarke" <emily@planetemily.com>
To: "Kevin Schuchmann" <wa6fwf@amsat.org>; <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 1:16 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Member's Only AMSAT.ORG - Update


> It's probably a good idea to update the membership on why a member's
> only sub-site of AMSAT.org is not in place. I am not going to
> apologize for this - but things have been proceeding.  It's actually
> part of my presentation at the Symposium, so I won't go into too much
> detail.  So if you are attending the Symposium or purchase the
> Proceedings afterwards you will learn more about what is coming.
>
> A big reason for the delay isn't laziness or lack of effort - it
> begins with the reality that there were other priorities.  These
> priorities included building the AMSAT Store, building systems for
> tracking volunteer in-kind hours, giving field operations an area
> coordinators space, writing other software tools such as the pass
> prediction and tracking model, building and populating the Satellite
> Database, giving presentations, supporting AMSAT at two Dayton
> Hamventions, organizing this year's Space Symposium and as you all
> know I designed and deployed EaglePedia in this time frame.  FYI -
> making EaglePedia "member's only" was part of the discussion, but
> that brought us back to why there isn't a member's only sub-site in
> the first place.  And EaglePedia couldn't wait.
>
> The biggest reason was that there was no way to validate members.
>
> Although I wrote quite a bit of the code to support a members-only
> website two years ago just after the website makeover was launched,
> when it got to the point to interface it to the AMSAT membership
> system to validate memberships there was no way it could happen.  The
> current membership database is a DOS application that could not
> connect to the primary site.
>
> So in addition to all of the other tasks I've been doing, I have also
> been quietly working behind the scenes to resolve the validation
> problem.  On and off for the past 16 months I have been designing,
> coding, testing, migrating data and deploying a new AMSAT volunteer
> and donor management system called AIMS (AMSAT Information Management
> System.)  AIMS is in beta test and I am going to DC in August to
> finish up interfacing AIMS to the office printers, migrating the last
> of the data and training the staff.  In addition to an extensible
> member support system AIMS will be able to validate memberships so
> that the store can appropriately apply discounts (Martha currently
> has to do this manually) and the member's only feature can validate a
> member who logs on.
>
> When AIMS goes online we still can't completely support a member's
> only sub-site. In addition to content issues (again - we need
> volunteers) there is an initial startup security issue we will have
> resolve.  We can't just let members sign up because too many people
> publish their AMSAT membership numbers and other personal data is
> available in other public systems like QRZ.  The alternative is to
> mail out a temporary password (like Log of the World did.)  Most
> likely the LOTW approach will be used - I'll have to write code so
> that members can signup online, and AIMS will send a temporary
> password via snail mail to the member's mailing address of
> record.  That way someone can't "hijack" someone else's account.
>
> Just a final note - the member's only section will not be called Area
> 51.  It will be called "My AMSAT" and will be rolled in as part of a
> redesign of the website.  You can see a screenshot of what I've been
> working on here (shown partially localized into Afrikaans by Hans
> Groenendaal.):
> http://www.planetemily.com/amsat2007.gif
>
> It is still in the early stages, but in addition to member's only
> content (again, if someone produces it) you will be able to customize
> the user interface, customize the navigation language to something
> other than English, and keep other preferences including custom
> satellite pass alerts. There are many other features we could add
> however I'm sure these will be a source of discussion at the next
> Board meeting.  Part of that discussion will likely include moving
> some existing website features over to the member's only section.
>
> But the biggest issue will always be content, and as Ken pointed out
> in his post, we need volunteers.  So volunteer!
>
> 73,
>
> Emily
>
>
>
>
> At 04:48 AM 7/2/2006, Kevin Schuchmann wrote:
> >http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/members/
> >
> >My My how time flies!!!  2 years old Today! I remember when the members
> >only page first appeared, My what high hopes We had for it! maybe a
> >PDF archive
> >of past Journals, maybe a first peek at some eagle info, or something
else to
> >add value to the  membership...
> >
> >But like many other things there it sits getting old...   lets just
> >hope something
> >actually appears in it one day before its old enough to vote!
> >
> >LOL
> >Kevin WA6FWF
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