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Webmaster's Report - IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

  1. 1. MTT Web Report Timothy Lee [email_address] June 6th, 2004
  2. 2. Introduction & Outline <ul><li>Objective: Continue to innovate by leveraging modern software tools and web-based technologies to serve the IEEE MTT-S electronic communications needs </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments to date in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Need to upgrade server (again) </li></ul><ul><li>Website Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Domain Names & IP Status </li></ul><ul><li>Support to IMS and RFIC Steering Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accomplishments to Date <ul><li>Special thanks to all mtt.org webmasters who keeps the content fresh and up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>MTT.org website upgrades </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML-based Adcom directory (Ian Gresham) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MTT Dictionary (Jeff Jargon) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Forums (Tim Lee) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TCC Webpages (Tim Lee) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test version of Pond TPMS system installed (Pond, Lee, Hatcher) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supports to IMS and RFIC Committees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2004 Fort Worth (PDA Program Guide for PalmOS, Pocket PC, Nokia and Symbian cellphones) http://members.cox.net/leetim/ims2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2005 Long Beach (new Electronic Daybook) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 Honolulu (ims2007.org activated, homepage created) http://www.ims2007.org </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Need for Server Upgrade <ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mtt.org last upgraded in 2003 to a Interland-managed dedicated server (Accelerator) from a shared server </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interland has phased out the Accelerator product (RH8 no longer supported by Red Hat) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current level of capabilities not able to support a persistent Technical Paper Management System (TPMS) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While testing J. Pond TPMS on mtt.org website as host, discovered: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incompatible version of Perl </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discovered lack of upgrade path (this platform is frozen) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to volunteer-based TPMS system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Save MTT-S lots of money by not contracting with outside service companies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide fully customized capabilities that address our unique needs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need dedicated volunteer staff and suitable hardware/bandwidth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Test Version of Jeff Pond’s TPMS running on mtt.org Obsolete version of Perl prevents modules from running correctly
  6. 6. Need for Server Upgrade <ul><ul><li>Interland has dropped our current Accelerator from their pricelist and will no longer provide SW upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate upgrade path: managed or dedicated server </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interland or other provider? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly and setup costs (current baseline ~ $362/month) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will need a dedicated MTT Web Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need continuity to provide support </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP (LAMP), Perl skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team (others?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timothy Lee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff Pond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dave Lovelace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jenshan Lin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Goldfarb </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Web Hosting Services <ul><li>Baseline is Interland – Accelerator </li></ul><ul><li>Preferences in selection (LAMP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard, widely supported OS (Red Hat Linux ES3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apache webserver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP, mySql, Perl (latest versions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backup services (daily or weekly) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under investigation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interland High Performance dedicated plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hostway dedicated plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rackspace managed plans (critical patches, backups included) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A-Plus dedicated plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will get consensus from MTT-S web team and make recommendations to AdCom </li></ul>
  8. 8. Upgrade Comparisons Interland Recurring monthly fee scales with server features; setup cost fixed. You “rent” the server perpetually.
  9. 9. Upgrade Comparisons Interland
  10. 10. Plesk 7 Web Server Management Software Domain Admin Server Admin New Plisk7 server management software very promising. Limits command line tinkering while managing complex server functions Visit http://www.sw-soft.com/en/products/plesk7/
  11. 11. Server Upgrade Summary <ul><li>Upgrade to our Interland account or migration needed to support growth and new capabilities for Technical Paper Management System </li></ul><ul><li>Will try to keep monthly cost neutral (~$400 to $500/month) </li></ul><ul><li>Major H/W upgrade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PIII 933MHz to P4 2.6GHz+ or Xeon class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60GB to 100GB bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>S/W upgrade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported Linux Red Hat Enterprise version 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plesk web-based administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sufficient IP & domain support and email accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will submit to Adcom and Budget Cmte for approval to proceed </li></ul>
  12. 12. MTT Website Changes <ul><li>Electronic Forums added for TCC, IMS and Adcom committees </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Calendar updated for 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>HTML version of Adcom Directory added to Membership Services </li></ul><ul><li>Updated MTT Handbook posted to AdCom site </li></ul><ul><li>Still need more inputs for TCC webpages </li></ul><ul><li>More chapter web links added. </li></ul><ul><li>MTT-S dictionary homepage created </li></ul><ul><li>Email address obfuscator used to protect MTT member privacy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Under Development
  14. 14. Example of Updated TCC Webpage (MTT-9) ~ 40% of TCC chairs have responded to request for updates
  15. 15. Electronic Forum Developed <ul><li>Need: Electronic Forums for members of MTT-S to share information </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion threads are recorded for those who cannot attend meeting to read, comment and for incoming committee members to gain corporate knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Unified interface for mtt.org electronic communications </li></ul><ul><li>No heavy advertising found on Yahoo or MSN groups </li></ul><ul><li>Organized into four sections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General discussions & Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TCC topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symposia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adcom committees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Located at www. mtt .org/forum </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>All users must be registered </li></ul><ul><li>Automated email verification & activation system for registration </li></ul><ul><li>TCC forums will have moderators assigned from each committee </li></ul><ul><li>Symposia and Adcom forums will be private and managed through ACLs </li></ul><ul><li>Need more active participation by AdCom and TCC members </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>phpBB 2.06 (open-source, phpBB.com) </li></ul><ul><li>mySql database </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based administration </li></ul><ul><li>Access control levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By group or individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All, Registered, Private, Moderator & Admin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forums can be public, registered, private and hidden </li></ul>
  18. 19. MTT Web Directory Structure Dick Sparks Chapter Administrator Local Chapters Webmaster Owner Web Directory Timothy Lee MTT Webmaster Forums Steven Kenney Education Committee Education Ed Rezek Awards Committee Awards Timothy Lee Technical Coordinating Committee Technical Committees Amir Mortazawi AdCom Secretary Administrative Committee Ian Gresham Membership Services Committee Membership Services Michael Steer Publications Committee Publications Vincent Rosati Meetings and Symposia Committee Conferences Timothy Lee MTT Webmaster About MTT Timothy Lee MTT Webmaster Root (Home Page and Frames)
  19. 20. Domain Names <ul><li>Ims20xx registered thru 2021 </li></ul><ul><li>Rfic20xx registered thru 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Domain names are reserved 20 years out </li></ul><ul><li>Domain names for current conferences are registered at least 1 year following conference to allow debriefing activities </li></ul>
  20. 21. IP Addresses <ul><li>IP status unchanged </li></ul><ul><li>Rfic2005.org and ims2007.org activated </li></ul>
  21. 22. New Homepage design <ul><li>Need to make MTT homepage more attractive and informative for both long time and prospective members of the society </li></ul><ul><li>Will undertake a redesign this summer using CSS format using Macromedia Studio MX 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables separation between content and styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleaner interfaces and faster load times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gathering best ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From other engineering society sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From your suggestions </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. Support to IMS Steering Committes
  23. 24. IMS Conference Mobile Device Program Guides This year, the usability and interoperability of the 2004 IEEE MTT-S IMS PDA Interactive Program Guide has been greatly enhanced through the use of Cerience Corporation 's Repligo software. Cerience has developed an automated document conversion and management software for handheld computers and smartphones. It enables the conversion, viewing, transporting, annotating and management for documents of virtually any type, on mobile Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Microsoft Smartphones, Nokia Series 60, and Symbian UIQ devices. To view the Program Guide on your mobile device, you will need to install the Repligo Viewer first and then download the Program Guide into your device's main memory or flash storage (CF, SD, Memory Stick) Download the Repligo Viewer application via the URL links below. Or from the Cerience website, you can download the Windows Installer or type in your mobile device's email address for direct installation. . Then install the 2004 IEEE IMS Program Guide through normal synchronization methods (ActiveSync, Palm Desktop, etc) . Also download & install the Exhibitor Booth Directory . http://members.cox.net/leetim/ims2004
  24. 26. Electronic Daybook Tool <ul><li>IMS 2005 will use an electronic daybook based on an Access database, Scheduler Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Am serving as IMS2005 Local Arrangement Chair and Webmaster </li></ul><ul><li>Inputs taken from Event Request Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Generate reports on utilization, resources, AV, food/beverage requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Replaces obsolete and limited Excel spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Provide efficient interface to IEEE Conference Planner </li></ul><ul><li>CEO Software </li></ul><ul><li>Can pass on to 2006 and 2007 Committees </li></ul>
  25. 27. Scheduler Plus <ul><li>KEY FEATURES </li></ul><ul><li>Manage and schedule events, rooms, and related services </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule multiple rooms at multiple locations </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Outlook integration </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic interface displays available and booked rooms by day, week or month </li></ul><ul><li>Easily schedule recurring meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule events and services without an assigned room </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule private meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Track last minute changes </li></ul><ul><li>Send e-mail notification to clients and staff </li></ul><ul><li>System wide setting are customizable per site in a multi site environment </li></ul>This product can be upgraded to a totally web-based so that Event requesters and planners can interact anywhere & anyplace they have an Internet connection.
  26. 28. Electronic Daybook Tool Translation of Event Requests into database-driven scheduling and reporting system
  27. 29. Electronic Daybook Tool Resource Management
  28. 30. Plan for future <ul><li>Server migration and submittal of plans to Adcom and Budget committee </li></ul><ul><li>TPMS installation and support for IMS 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Continue supporting current and future IMS and RFIC websites </li></ul><ul><li>New MTT homepage re-design </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual websites – Ryan Miyamoto is translating into Japanese version. Need more volunteers on other languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Please register and try out the forum area at http://www.mtt.org/forum </li></ul><ul><li>Your suggestions are important to mtt.org site development </li></ul>
  29. 31. Thanks to all webmasters and everyone contributing to the web contents or giving suggestions! Looking for volunteers with Web development skills! Acknowledgement