Public input of hikes on TC website

Date: 
Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Committee: 
Web Design
Committee: 
Web Content
Agenda: 
1) Goals for having hike pages
  • Attract visitors to site
  • Public service
  • Maybe earn money if we find a way to charge for some content
  • What else?
2) Review of other sites
3) Content of hike pages (independent of who produces them)
  • Good name for hike (hints on how to name)
  • Teaser - why do  this hike
  • Written description of hike - need a spec sheet of required content and detail level and a style sheet
  • Map of hike - open for discussion of what must be on map
  • Features
  • Optional history, flora/fauna, geology, etc.
  • At least one picture - possible picture gallery, even a short movie
  • Elevation profile
  • Public transportation
  • Driving directions as a Google map with its directions.(current method for parks - no need for written version)
  • What else?
4) General features of all hikes
  • Rate hike
  • Review hike
  • Comment on hike
  • Mark as duplicate
  • Keep record of having done hike
  • What else?
5) Possible scenarios for hike submitters (assumes some general oversight by web committee)
  • Only Daniel and a few trained submitters
  • Anyone but moderated until quality proven
  • Anyone but post-moderated for accuracy, style, completeness, etc.
  • Anyone - no control but can only create and edit own hikes
  • Anyone can edit any (wiki)
  • Something else?
6) Hike checkers (needed if we use any form of moderation)
  • Rely on online reports on hikes
    • Need monitors to apply fixes
    • Deal with duplicates
    • Let users figure out the truth from the online comments
  • Separate corps of checkers with sufficient permissions to fix hikes
7) Site disclaimers
8) Submission guidelines document
9) Technical considerations
10) Cost considerations
11) Rewards for submitters
-- 
Walt Daniels    
Attendees: 
Ed, Phil, Georgette, Walt, Ken, Dan, Ann
Minutes: 

Ann's notes from meeting to discuss opening up Hikes database

Current (closed) hikes database

- Shortage of hikes in certain areas. (So. Jersey, L.I., Taconics)
+ Hikes well written, good hikes, well vetted.
+ Bergen county centric.
+ "Trail conference sanctioned

Second tier

Distinguish hikes that are not sanctioned.
But represent in same list?

Ed's pro/con list on flip chart
Ed would like turn by turn list of actions along the hike.

Teaser : why you should do this hike.
Descriptive hike
Map view

Ed to Dan -- are you, with others in Pubs committee, willing to review submissions?

Walt - Pubs committee has no bandwidth to take on.

Is Phil willing to review submissions? Yes for South Jersey.

Dan "open up to submissions from So Jersey and L.I. as a starter?"

Ed - how do we sustain this?

Georgette -- this is a Comunications function.

Should be a moderated database. Must be done timely.

To do: recruit hike submitters for So. Jersey and L.I.
Fill in other gaps too. Provide basic format to follow with
form to fill in and return via email.

Ed: could do directed email to subset of member database

Walt: Need to provide mechanism for getting maps on th site.

How to do? Jeremy's scheme with Google maps. GPS track to Google map.
KML maps --
Ann: engage Stefanie (set up call with Walt and her).

Phil - post notice in parks requesting hike submissions

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