The EGM was finally held in London on
31 January, 1998. In all 19 people
attended, including twelve representatives
of the current membership of EurOpen. I
attended as an observer.
During a lively initial discussion, it became
clear that there were really only two views.
Keep the name of EurOpen as a focal
point for joint activities using
. Wind up EurOpen Ltd. and return any assets to its members (this would not include the UKUUG as we had already resigned last year).
The other options of transferring any assets to a similar existing organisation, or using the assets to establish a grant foundation were not supported.
The first formal vote that EurOpen Ltd. be
wound up as a limited company was
The second formal vote that the DKUUG
proposal be adopted and a new EurOpen
established under this framework was
carried by a majority vote. This implied
that any assets would be transferred to the
The DKUUG proposal is to establish an
umbrella organisation in Denmark, called
EurOpen, with local European countries as
The DKUUG will use its secretariat to run
EurOpen at a low budget level.
Membership of EurOpen is one ECU per
year. National organisations will meet
their own expenses in connection with
The initial intention is to run this new
EurOpen with a board of about three
people. It has now been formally
registered, for details see the Contacts
section at the back of this newsletter.
So, the passing of an era. Like many a
EurOpen meeting in the past, there was a
great deal of talk about collaboration, joint
events, pan-europe road shows, whatever.
However, it's been a month since that
meeting and there's been no rush of
e-mail, just a request from the
ever-enthusaitic Finn, Paavo Muranen.
The youngsters were still vigorously
discussing the future when I left. While
waiting for the Hotel Coach, I was joined
by two other old-timers like myself,
Simon Kenyon and Kim Biel-Nielsen.
We'd seen it all before, perhaps once too
often. Now it's time for these new
stalwarts to show what they're made of.
Our first meeting this year took place in
Brussels on 28 January 1998. It was also
one of the most popular, with 19 attendees
(and eight apologies :-), many of them
attending for the first time.
The chairman, Jean-Michel Cornu (AFUU),
started the proceedings by summarising
what the Round Table had achieved during
its previous incarnation.
A Memorandum of Understanding on
Electronic Co-operation to allow
smaller organisations, and especially
SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises),
to participate in the work of the ICT
. Electronic Services for the ICT Partnership, namely a web page (
a distribution list.
. Recommendations to the service providers of the ICT Partnership on-line services.
. Recommendations on organisational and multi-cultural aspects to the EC.
. A free seminar in January 1997 for the associations on The Internet, what benefits for your association?.
A new program of work was proposed Internet Usage and Network Co-operation, where we would liaise with other organisations working within the same arena. At this point, attendees were
invited to introduce themselves and describe briefly how their work was related to the new working title [Ed: Details on
After a lengthy discussion, due mainly to
the new members' lack of appreciation of
what were our intentions, it was agreed
that the scope of our new initiative was to
develop co-operation and
people-networking (an ugly phrase :-) by
using the emerging ICT technologies.
Three main goals were proposed.
Observing experiences from various
related projects (e.g. ISOC, IEEE,
. Understanding Internet usage (e.g. European usage, diversity, people-networking).
. Contributing to RT8 projects (e.g. publication of best practices, contributions to Working Groups, possible set of recommendations).
In my view, a rather ambitious set of deadlines were agreed.
Inventory of existing works on Internet
usage published on the web
(mid-February, 1998 for a first draft).
. A contribution from RT8 to the IEEE IPSG Draft Recommended Practice for Internet usage (end of March, 1998).
. Publication of a set of texts from researchers (i.e. their findings) on various aspects of Internet usage (May, 1998).
. Recommendations to the European Commission on Universal Services for Access to the Information Society (June, 1998 for initial proposals).
. Presentation of the results so far (ICT 25 June 1998, INET'98 in July, La Villette Paris, October, 1998).
The next meeting of the Round Table has been tentatively pencilled in for Wednesday 24 June 1998 (afternoon) in Brussels. This is the day before the ICT Partnership Plenary Meeting.
I'm unsure whether the UKUUG gains
anything from being a member of the ICT
Round Table No. 8. If we move away
from being a UNIX-centric group, and
even an Open Systems group, then we
should look at the wider implications of
our being involved with the Internet from
the beginning. Our experiences and
expertise could be invaluable within this
arena. What do you think?
The Citizen and
the Global Information Society
This important event will be held on 21-22
April, 1998 at the Palace Hotel, Brussels.
It is concerned with the implications of the
technology of the Information Society, and
not about the terchnology itself.
The event is sponsored by ISPO of the
European Commission, and the Keynote
. Lone Dybkjaer, MEP
. Rolf Skoglund, Senior Vice President, Ericsson
. Don Heath, President ISOC.
Full details are available on the ISPO web site. The URL is
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