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is kept within one click of the original reference, so users intending to benefit BSA by their purchase should immediately add the book to their shopping cart if they are considering buying it. Simply returning to the page later may not qualify (as the server may not associate the purchase with the BSA referral). Funds generated through this means will be available for support of BSA’s general activities, including research grants. 5. The web versions of documents are increasingly becoming the preferred reference materials for the BSA. Hopefully, future secretaries of the Society will help to use the potential of the web site to continue to strengthen our electronic outreach efforts. The membership of the Council, in general, is also invited to put materials on the web site, as are the sections. 6. Additional images are welcomed on the image server. We need people to prepare the images according to our requirements and upload them to our servers. Volunteers are desperately needed, as for the original project, and the webmaster can give guidance on how to mount these. 7. President Soltis is organizing informational documents on scientific issues of broad impact and these will be mounted as available. This is discussed further in his strategic plan. 8. All domains have now been transferred from Network Solutions ($35/yr) to Bulk Register ($12/yr). Domains acquired since April 2000 have been with Bulk Register ($19/yr with $79 one-time membership charge). With seven domains currently, it adds up. 45
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Future of the BSA Web Site: 1. “Ask a botanist” is a project that has languished in the midst of other higher priority projects. People’s questions are being answered, but not in such a coordinated manner. The interface should be operational in 2001 as proposed by President Soltis. I envision this as part web bulletin board and part listserv. Questions would be asked through the listserv and answered through a web page. Questions and answers will be threaded at the site and searchable. Development time for programming will be approximately 40 hours. 2. Development of a corporate member shopping mall is highly desirable to attract new corporate members. If these turn into partnerships, it will build our relationships with vendors, which will also spill over into meeting exhibition and other activities in association with the Society to our mutual benefit. The level of this activity should be restrained to fitting within applicable tax laws for an organization of our type and mission. 3. Upgrade of the machines and the Internet connects would be highly desirable. I am exploring purchasing a Pentium III system to serve as the primary web server for BSA and upgrading the Ethernet lines. 4. I am learning more than I ever intended to about Linux and have configured the servers to provide optimum utility and availability of information, while at the same time configuring it to minimize hacker attacks. This requires staying current with the enhanced information on flaws in the open architecture system.
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