Communications Archived Minutes

February 21, 2013

The committee has generated its strategic plan for 2013 (

August 16, 2012

The committee did not formally meet during this period, but members met to discuss Dave Estes accessing and reviewing the current web site. Specific needs include addressing the remaining bugs from the ISP provider switch. Future goals still remain to have the committee investigate implementing WordPress, freelance/e-lance portal software capability and developing an IGIC Social Media policy guide based on NSGIC template.

June 21, 2012

Informal Committee work continues. is migrating away from its current ISP, RunSkip, to FatCow and there are new software offerings and opportunities being evaluated to enhance the current website. Committee chair Dave Estes and IGIC staff are in the process of becoming familiar with the new web technology. New listserv services have also been implemented which will offer new opportunities to communicate and collaborate.

The goal is to have the Committee begin meeting again in the summer. Other activities planned include:

  1. Implementing WordPress CMS to allow IGIC Committee/Workgroup Chairs to maintain the content of their web pages
  2. Implement freelance/e-lance portal software capability onto the web site
  3. Develop an IGIC Social Media policy guide based on NSGIC template


April 19, 2012

Although the Committee is not formally meeting, Dave Estes has been appointed chair. He is in the process of becoming familiar with IGIC’s current web technology and website update and maintenance needs.

Jenny Dubeansky is currently researching new e-commerce technology and web-development options and the estimated costs for future upgrades.

Phil Worrall is also working with Kevin Daugherty to research Freelance (e-lance) portal software options for integration into the web site.

The Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) has taken over development and maintenance of the Clearinghouse website for IGIC. A new design and release were demonstrated at the April IGIC Board Meeting and a workshop is scheduled for the Annual Indiana GIS Conference in May. This redesign included new colors and graphics for this new site.

Phil Worrall also serves on Communications Committee for the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) where he is currently involved in the ongoing design and maintenance of the new NSGIC site, specifically the content for the Communications, Geospatial Preparedness, and Membership Committees. Phil is also involved in the development of a NSGIC social media policy guide that IGIC can potentially benefit from in the future.

April 28, 2011

Committee work is on indefinite hiatus until a new chair has been appointed.

February 28, 2011

The Committee did not meet this period, and is currently without a chair.

December 3, 2010

Work on developing a prototype WordPress web page for our Indiana GIS Response Corp Committee continues.

October 21, 2010

Phil Worrall is working with Matthew Faulkner and Jenny Dubeansky to develop a prototype WordPress web page for our Indiana GIS Response Corp Committee. This prototype will allow committee/workgroup chair persons to directly manage the content of their committee web page and allow other members to post committee news and documents through blog posts and other social media tools by the committee chair.

August 19, 2010

The Committee continues to develop a prototype WordPress webpage for IGIC Committee/Workgroup chair persons to administrate. Updates and IndianaMap hyperlinks and sent to Jenny Dubeansky for the home page.

June 17, 2010

The Communications Committee met via telephone on May 3rd and June 7th. Phil Worrall is working with Matthew Faulkner and Jenny Dubeansky to develop a prototype WordPress web page for IGIC Committee/Workgroup chairs to administrate. The idea is that custom content of committee news and documents can be managed as blog posts and other social media tools by the committee chair. Chris Walls is also creating some updates and IndianaMap hyperlinks to send to Jenny for the home page.


April 15, 2010

There is no report at this time.


February 22, 2010

The Communications Committee met on December 8, 2009 and January 4, 2010. The Committee discussed enhancement and maintenance of the and web sites. Matt Faulkner suggested looking at using a WordPress-based Content Management System (CMS) as a better and easier way to maintain and update our web sites. Phil Worrall shared the results of his informal web site survey and his wish list for 2010 web site development. Survey Summary

Q. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being very bad and 10 being great) rate the following web sites:

IGIC – : 8
IGIC – : 8
IGS – : 7
UITS – : 6

Q. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being “not a priority” and 10 being “very high priority”) what should IGIC’s priority be to redesign the current web site: 5

Current committee efforts include testing WordPress with a CMS extension to determine if all “wish list” items (including dynamic and news feeds, search function, eCommerce shortcomings, member-only page designation, etc.) can be addressed using this solution.


December 3, 2009

The Committee reviewed the IGIC Board approved charter, IGIC’s existing marketing plan, and IGIC’s current communication resources. Several committee members felt that there is a need for a new organization plan and design for the web site. A number of ideas were presented, but there was no immediate consensus on what the focus will be. Phil Worrall is currently compiling a wish-list of items for 2010 and the web site. As part of this, Phil also conducted a survey of Board Members to garner wider input on the topic.


October 15, 2009

The former Publicity Committee has been rebranded and retasked as the Communications Committee. Members will be holding their second meeting on October 20th to discuss plans in relation to the newly-approved charter.

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