Collaborative Computing Tools Working Group
Meeting Minutes for December 7, 1995
Kim welcomed everyone and reviewed agenda
The draft charter was reviewed. No comments were expressed on the draft.
Kim reminded everyone that the charter is a living document, so it can change
Action Plan Review
The first topic of discussion was the survey the NEL would like to conduct.
Kim expressed that there was still a need to collect and disseminate what
various IC organizations are doing regarding collaboration problems, solutions
and evaluations. Otto agreed that the NEL would publish the data collected.
For data collected on seperate networks a consolidated result would be published
too. There were requests to put the survey on Intelink, Intelink-S, Intelink-P
and internet. Otto agreed to solicit help from other CCTWG members to do
that since the NEL only has Intelink. A question was raised where links
to the CCTWG Home Page existed. The consensus was currently from the NPIC
Announcements page, a SPACECOM page and from the IEB Home Page. Otto will
check, and see if we can get more links from appropriate pages.
Denny would like a collaboration tool in the spiral process. CVW is proposed.
NEL does not have it yet. Mitre will help. Bonnie said Steve Shanzer has
two priorities for FY'96--collaboration and security. Steve feels that collaboration
will change the whole process.
Action Otto to get Roy's POC @JWICS for monitoring and control.
Frank commented on problems of rotating meeting sites. Kim cited benefits
of different site meetings to promote technical exchange. She suggested
that we alternate meetings between Mitre and host organizations and see
what turnout and logistics issues arise. If there are major problems we
can revert back to all meetings at Mitre.
Kim addressed the new NEL collaboration testbed using standards compliance
and interoperability testing as part of the evaluation process. This testbed
will support ongoing testing, and we welcome community participation.
Charles King suggested Dr. Baker of PictureTel be invited to speak at the
standards conference. Charles heard Dr. Baker brief the Brookings Institute.
Charles suggested that if Dr. Baker could not attend in person, we could
set up a VTC with him.
Bonnie offered the NEL see the CCT at the Reston office and tie it into
Bonnie suggested on the survey, to ask and see who has technology to insert
into spiral process. CVW concerns are, no shared applications and does it
handle image size and quality. Need value added. It was agreed to reword
the last objective in action plan.
SPACECOM encouraged the group to look at solutions that will scale outside
Kim agreed to modify action plan based on discussion.
Terms of Reference (TOR) Review
Action Bob Ryan to modify Scope statement for TOR.
Standards Conference Discussion
Action Otto to research (internet) mail lists (and related locations)
to publish our call for contributors for standards conference.
Discussion about focus and audience for conference. The group agreed the
conference be moved to March 1996. It was agreed the audience is government
and supporting contractors for intelligence production. It was recommended
to get the list from the Webmasters conference from Larry Brandt. It is
possible that the old CCIP list might be useful too.
Action Bonnie get Otto L. Brandt numbers etc.
Kim agreed to rework the conference announcement based on the discussion.
Scott Miner from USSPACECOM briefed the WG. Collaborative production is
their focus. Not all centers have the same security enforcement for video
and audio. They are using CVW. Their configuration is 9 client workstation
Sparc-20s, and one Sparc-20 server. Partial client services are available
via JWICS. DIA, AIA, NAIC, USCENTCOM, ISS are key players, but not integrated
yet. Video is important, but linking sources of data is important too. Many
projects are needed, other missions. Lessons learned and some raw data from
HP Openview were presented too. Scott then presented the floor layouts for
the initial virtual production center.
Action Otto check on 'xv' v4.x
Charles King: Supplied the WG with study/position papers generated for his
customer. The papers (in softcopy) will be available here soon.
Jim Spitznas briefed the WG on EXCITE program events since the last WG meeting.
[Editors Note: I will publish Jim's briefing charts as soon as possible.
It is very time consuming, however, I may have a lead on an easier process.]
Action Otto fix (remove) secret label on CCTWG minutes!
Kim presented the January 25, 1996 WG agenda and the next six months of
WG meeting dates. The February meeting was moved from the fourth Thursday
to the third Thusday, now 15 Feb 96 to accommodate the IEB schedule.