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Access and Preservation Committee
January 8, 2011

Present: Zina Somova (East View Information Services), Jason Reuscher (Penn State University), Patricia Thurston (Yale University), Larissa Walsh (University of Chicago), Sandra Levy (University of Chicago), Liladhar R. Pendse (University of California, Los Angeles), Jon Giullian (University of Kansas), Brad Schaffner (Harvard University), Tanja Lorkovic (Yale University), Heghine Hakobyan (University of Oregon)

  1. Welcome, introductions, and approval of minutes
  2. SEES Webpage-- should we consider moving the page to a free site at some point: The SEES Access and Preservation Committee members continued their discussion about the future of the SEES web pages, which are mainly hosted at George Washington University, with the exception of several pages of the conference minutes archive that reside at Indiana University. Cathy is willing to continue updating the website although her time is somewhat constrained, and we need to consider our options if and when Cathy decides to turn the website over to someone else. The discussion about a new SEES website and web-hosting service which began at the 2010 annual meeting in Washington, DC continued with a summary prepared by Jon Giullian of the pros and cons of selected web-hosting services, including Joomla, Weebly, Omeka, Google, PB Wiki and Drupal. Weebly and Google appear to be the best choices to meet the needs of the SEES. Jon Giullian will create a demo website using Google comparison with the demo Weebly site ( SEES members will compare the ease of use, domain charge and backup system between Weebly and Google, and we will see how Weebly works for the newsletter before making the final decision on which platform might be the most suitable for our needs.
  3. Inventory of Slavic Digital Projects—what do we do next?: The SEES will continue to explore the possibility of collaborating with the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Committee on Library and Information Resources (ASEEES CLIR) Subcommittee on Digital Projects regarding the future of the Inventory of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Digital Projects (ISEEEDP) database. There are a number of steps that need to be taken to move this project forward, including developing a formal working relationship with the CLIR subcommittee. After this happens, we may wish to create a subcommittee that would be charged with talking to Miranda Remnek about the project and identifying new, open-source software that would allow the project to be updated on a regular basis. The SEES Access and Preservation Committee will continue the discussions during the 2011 ALA annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Last updated February 9, 2011