7.0 ICNA COMMUNITY NETWORK WEBSITE STANDARDS.

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7.01. PURPOSE.

Although it is accepted that differences in organizations, people and resources will uniquely shape each community network, it is also accepted that there are common elements of quality that should be present in every community network. It is the purpos e of this document to identify those elements so that they can be adopted as standards for the member community networks of the Indiana Community Network Association.

7.02. EXPECTATIONS

These standards establish general expectations for ICNA-member community networks. Specific examples are included to provide guidelines of how each expectation can best be met.

It is expected that all ICNA-member community networks will strive to meet all ICNA standards. It is understood that there may be instances where a standard is not realistic for a specific network, and that, in these instances, the network in question w ill be excused from that standard.

7.03. REQUIREMENTS

  1. Home Page:
    1. Display the ACCESS INDIANA with a direct link to www.ai.org.
    2. Display the ICNA logos with a direct link to www.icna.ai.org.
    3. Provide a direct link to the current ICNA-recommended guidelines for website accessibility by persons with disabilities (see Appendix D) at www.icna.ai.org.
  2. Content:

      Each community network will provide on-line access to its own organizational content, which includes:

    1. By-Laws.
    2. Information about the Board of Directors.
    3. Acceptable use Policy.
    4. A schedule of coming meetings.
    5. Minutes/notes of past meetings.

7.04. RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES.

  1. Home Page:
    1. Clearly identify the community network it represents.
    2. Provide direct links to all existing local, state and national sites with quality content of interest to the local community. If sites for local government, schools, public libraries, health care facilities, media and/or commerce are not available , the community network should work with these resources to establish an on-line presence.

      Guideline Examples:

      1. Local:
        1. The community network organization.
        2. The community in general.
        3. Local government.
        4. Local K-12 schools.
        5. Local public libraries.
        6. Local universities and colleges.
        7. Local service organizations.
        8. Local businesses and professional services.
        9. Local places of worship.
        10. Local health care.
        11. Local public and utility service/organizations.
        12. Local media.
        13. Local news.
        14. Local weather.
        15. Local Realtors.
        16. Local extension services.
        17. Local military.
        18. Local job opportunities.
        19. A community calendar.
        20. Discussion groups and listserves.
      2. State and National
        1. The AIIN map of community networks in Indiana.
        2. State government.
  2. Each community network should provide on-line access to as much quality community content as possible. Guideline examples include:

    1. Provide a direct link to the ICNA Associate Members Directory (when ready).

    2. General community content:
      1. Historical background.
      2. Location.
      3. Population.
      4. Demographics.
      5. Map(s).
      6. Photos of landmarks.

    3. Local government content:
      1. A directory of all elected office with photos and biographies of the individuals currently holding each office.
      2. Street addresses, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses for all city and county offices.
      3. Photos of all city and county office buildings.
      4. Schedules for all meetings.
      5. Agenda for all upcoming meetings.
      6. Minutes from all past meetings.

    4. Local K-12 schools content:
      1. A map, with boundaries, of all schools and their school corporations.
      2. The street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address for each school and school corporation, with photos of every school, principal and superintendent.
      3. A calendar of events for each school (special events, open houses, athletic events, academic calendar).
      4. Archived copies of school newspapers.
      5. Copies of student handbooks.
      6. Current school lunch menus.
      7. Photos and biographies of members of the local school boards.
      8. Local school board meeting dates.
      9. Agendas for upcoming school board meetings.
      10. Archive of minutes from past school board meetings.
      11. Copy of school board policy manuals.
      12. Copy of each school corporation's budget.
      13. A link to the Indiana Department of Education IDEANet homepage.

    5. Local public library content:
      1. If available, linkage to each library's website with access to each library's on-line catalog.
      2. If a separate website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address for each library with photos of each library and its director.
      3. A map showing each library's location.
      4. A calendar of events, to include hours of operation.
      5. Photos and biographies of members of the local library boards.
      6. Local library board meeting dates.
      7. Agendas for upcoming library board meetings.
      8. Archive of minutes from past library board meetings.
      9. Copy of library board policy manuals.
      10. Copy of each library's budget.
      11. A link to the Indiana State Library homepage.
      12. Links to all university libraries in Indiana.

    6. Local university and college content:
      1. Direct links to all Indiana college and university websites.
      2. A maps indicating the location of local colleges and universities.
      3. A link to the Indiana Higher Education Commission.

    7. For each local service/special interest organization:
      1. If available, linkage to each organization's website.
      2. If a website is not available, the logo, street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address for each organization and its director.
      3. A calendar of events and activities.
      4. Information about special projects and how to contribute.
      5. Photos and biographies of members of the local boards.
      6. Links to state and national websites.

    8. For each local business/professional organization:
      1. If available, linkage to each organization's website.
      2. If a website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.
      3. For local Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and Rural Development Councils: the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address with name and photo of the director.

    9. For each local place of worship:
      1. If available, linkage to each site's website.
      2. If a website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, photo and map location for each site.
      3. Service dates and times.

    10. For each health care organization, content should include:
      1. If available, linkage to each organization's website.
      2. If a website is not available, the logo, street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, photo and map location for each facility.
      3. A calendar of events and activities.
      4. Information about special projects and how to contribute.
      5. Photos and biographies of members of the local boards.
      6. Descriptions of specialties, if there any.
      7. Local health care pamphlets and information.
      8. Links to the Indiana Department of Health and national health care websites of note.

    11. For each local public service and utility service/organizations (arts/cultural, parks, recreational facilities, transportation providers, trash services, etc.):
      1. If available, linkage to each facility's website.
      2. If a website is not available, a photo and map location for each facility.
      3. Hours of operation.
      4. Schedules.
      5. Reservation information.
      6. Information about special projects and events.
      7. The street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail of the local parks/recreation office with name and photo of the director.
      8. Photos and biographies of members of the local board.
      9. Links to state and national parks and facilities.

    12. For local media:
      1. If available, linkage to each source's website.
      2. If a website is not available, street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and map location for each source.
      3. Links to regional, state and national media.

    13. For local news:
      1. If available, linkage to local on-line media.
      2. If adequate on-line news is not available from local media the site should include a community bulletin board to which passworded users can post local news, to include:
      3. An archive of all court reports.
      4. An archive of all police reports.
      5. An archive of all state and Federal tax liens.
      6. An archive of all public announcements and legal statements from tax-supported institutions.
      7. A link to local/regional weather.
      8. Links to regional, state and national news sources.

    14. For local Realtors:
      1. If available, linkage to each Realtor's website.
      2. If a website is not available, street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and map location for each Realtor.
      3. A link to the local Board of Realtors.
      4. Links to regional, state and national Realtors.

    15. For the local extension service, content should include:
      1. If available, linkage to an existing website.
      2. If a website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and map location for the service office, with photos of the extension educators.
      3. A calendar of events and activities.
      4. Information about special projects and programs.
      5. Local service pamphlets and information.
      6. A link to the Purdue University Extension Service website.

    16. For the local military (e.g. National Guard, Army Reserve, Coast Guard):
      1. If available, linkage to an existing website.
      2. If a website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, photo and map location for the National Guard Armory, with a photo of the local commanding officer.
      3. A calendar of events and activities.
      4. Information about special projects and programs.
      5. Local service pamphlets and information.
      6. Links to regional, state and national military websites.

    17. For the local job employment opportunities:
      1. If available, linkage to an existing website.
      2. If a website is not available, the street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, photo and map location for the local Office of Workforce Development.
      3. A listing of current employment opportunities.
      4. Local service pamphlets and information.
      5. Links to regional and state Workforce Development websites.

    18. For the local community calendar:
      1. Last year's calendar, this year's calendar and next year's calendar, all searchable by date, event type and/or applicable age group.
      2. Direct entry option for passworded users.
      3. Links to other relevant on-line calendars.

    19. For discussion groups/listserves:
      1. Locally sponsored discussion groups and listserves should include local barter/trade/buy/sell, local sports, local clubs and organizations,
      2. Access to discussion groups/listserves of interest sponsored by other community nets, AIIN or ICNA.

    20. State government links should include links to:
      1. Homepages of elected officials.
      2. Other prominent and relevant state information available via AIIN.

7.05. ACCESSIBILITY

  1. ICNA will optimize the accessibility of its website to users with disabilities by complying with the current html page-design guideline principles accepted by the Board (see Appendix D), and it is strongly recommended that all member community netw orks should do the same.
  2. ICNA will, for the developers of those pages and websites to the ICNA site is linked, provide leadership and assistance in promoting website accessibility to users with disabilities, and it is strongly recommended that all member community networks should do the same.
  3. A link to the current ICNA-recommended html page-design guidelines for website accessibility by users with disabilities will be available for at the ICNA website, and it is strongly recommended that all member community networks should provide the same

INDIANA COMMUNITY NETWORK ASSOCIATION
Board Policy Manual
Current as of 1/17/97
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