1 27 2009

1-27-2009 Conference Call
Call in number +1 712 421 6842, Passcode: 672630#

Agenda:

  1. Rita Lewis will be joining the call.
  2. Information and design of the OERC International site
  3. Listserv options for the newsletter. Please refer to: http://oerc.wikidot.com/listserv-options
  4. Is Aziza Shad on the Executive Committee?
  5. Confirmation of Gracemarie and Howard on the steering committee
  6. OER in Health Whitepaper 1st Draft. Need for us to review and contribute.
  7. Petty Cash Account [AS]
  8. Robert Burton [IM]

Please discuss moving the website to its own server because its subscription on my reseller account is coming due soon. I suggest NinjaHosting which is a small boutique service for open source applications. It's information is available at [http://ninjahostinghq.com/]. RL

I responded to the listserv question in the forum but my gist is that the Open Source content management system underlying the website has support for mailing list management and e-newsletters that are either free or much cheaper than the online services. Also, I currently run several email newsletters and use iContact for its price for non-profits and feature set. RL

Notes:

Phone Conference: 1/27/09

Attendance:
Dianne
Andrea
Anil
Gerry
Larry
Stephan
Anil

Minutes Approved

1. Rita Lewis will be joining the call.

Rita was unable to make the call. Anil will contact her later today.

2. Information and design of the OERC International site

Stephan discussed the intentions of the OERC Intl. and Anil stated that it is to be a brochure site. The group also discussed the need for an email for OERC.
Stephan suggested transfering the domain to Anil.

3. Listserv options for the newsletter. Please refer to: http://oerc.wikidot.com/listserv-options

Andrea has conducted research for listserv options. Low cost options scale out over 100-200 emails. Some do not offer free trials. Constant contact offers 60 day free trial, allowing you to scale up to over 200 members and will cost 15.00/mo. according to Stephan.
Anil agrees with Stephans assessment on Constant Contact, he agrees that a lot of other orgs. use this service. Stephan also has a good relationship with Contant Contact.

Decision: Executive Committee has decided to go with Contant COntact for newsletter distribution.

4. Is Aziza Shad on the Executive Committee?
Larry explained that Aziza Shad has been on a few conference calls. Dianne stated that maybe the steering committee was a better choice for her. Ian spoke to her and her schedule is conflicting. Ian agrees that it would make sense for her to be on the Steering Committee.
Changing the time of our conference calls was thought to be useless as Aziza's schedule is always conflicting.

5. Confirmation of Gracemarie and Howard on the steering committee
6. OER in Health Whitepaper 1st Draft. Need for us to review and contribute.
7. Petty Cash Account [AS]
8. Robert Burton [IM]

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