1. Name of Network

Danbury Community Network

2. The Web Address (make this a hyperlink)

http://www.danbury.org/

3. Place it serves (This may be defined in terms of a region, a county, a city or town, or some other designation.)

Danbury, Connecticut

4. What is its Mission?

It seems to be a network that can share information about the city. This seems to be the only goal of the entire website, to simply list the businesses, media, clubs, etc that are in the city, nothing more or less.

5. Who sponsors it?

The Danbury Public Library sponsors the site.

6. Is it volunteer run? Does it have paid staff? Or both?

The site states that is completely volunteer run.

7. What services does it offer and do these services cost anything? Some examples of services that you might find are e-mail, access to newsgroups, web discussion forums, Internet and web access, hosting web sites for non-profit organizations, businesses, individuals, e-mail lists. Many other services might be provided so be sure to note these as well. (You can make an unordered list of services to answer this question if you'd like, or you can answer it in paragraph form.)

This site does not provide any such services. It is simply an informational webiste that lists a lot of local information but does not really provide any services. Actually, it does provide its citizens some limited ftp access through the library, which appears to be free.

8. If the network provides local information, what categories of informaiton does it provide? (A short narrative in paragraph form along with a list of categories would be appropriate for this answer.)

The main purpose of this site falls into this category. There is a lot of local information and the website is basically local information. The site serves its function of giving a good overall view of the city and what it has to offer. There is information about:

9. Does the network convey a "sense of place"? That is do you get a sense of some of the unique qualitites of the place and the people it serves? If so how? Provide an example page. If not, provide an example of a "placeless" page.

Because this is a city, many of the pages are common for a city, but there is definitely pages that illustrate the diversity of the city and the plethora of services it has to offer. Take for example the health page. This, like many other of the pages, is a long list of links to the organizations and services in the health field that the city has to offer. While many cities might have these services, the website does a good job of displaying them in a way that makes the viewer think positively about the city and that the city has a lot to offer.

10. Is there anything that you find particularly interesting about this network? If so what is it? Provide a link.

If I were to pick anything, I'd pick their extensive list of clubs. It's very long and to keep a list like that takes some effort and is interesting to me.

11. Provide a credit for yourself. This information collected by:

Joshua Lyons

 

 

1. Name of Network

FortNet

2. The Web Address (make this a hyperlink)

http://www.fortnet.org/

3. Place it serves (This may be defined in terms of a region, a county, a city or town, or some other designation.

Fort Collins, Colorado

4. What is its Mission?

Similar to the above network, it aims to collect various information about its city to where citizens and non-citizens can find information about the city.

5. Who sponsors it?

FortNet-The Community Information Network is a company who runs the site and sponsors it, but they also take in donations, but still is a non-profit organization.

6. Is it volunteer run? Does it have paid staff? Or both?

It doesn't say on the site, but I would assume because they have a source of income that there are some paid staff, if very few. Seems like volunteers do a lot of the heavy lifting as well.

7. What services does it offer and do these services cost anything? Some examples of services that you might find are e-mail, access to newsgroups, web discussion forums, Internet and web access, hosting web sites for non-profit organizations, businesses, individuals, e-mail lists. Many other services might be provided so be sure to note these as well. (You can make an unordered list of services to answer this question if you'd like, or you can answer it in paragraph form.)

It does provide some webspace for people to post pages on the site for free. They also have an events calender that people can post to. They also provide email lists, similar to the listserv here at Valpo to email multiple people with one email. Businesses can also add themselves to the directory if they want.

8. If the network provides local information, what categories of informaiton does it provide? (A short narrative in paragraph form along with a list of categories would be appropriate for this answer.)

It provides a lot of information in various areas such as:

9. Does the network convey a "sense of place"? That is do you get a sense of some of the unique qualitites of the place and the people it serves? If so how? Provide an example page. If not, provide an example of a "placeless" page.

The recreation page on this site seems to provide some sense of place, if any. It shows that this is a city that loves its recreation and being outdoors, a sense that I got without even going there which means it must create some sort of place.

10. Is there anything that you find particularly interesting about this network? If so what is it? Provide a link.

The environment page is pretty interesting. They have a lot of information simply on the environment, both local, state, and national. They seem not only to enjoy the outdoors but they take care of it with much vigor.

11. Provide a credit for yourself. This information collected by:

Joshua Lyons