take a look behind the curtain -- the www.aapg.org curtain, that
a change of servers. We made the transition to a faster server that
now hosts 10 mini-sites under the aapg.org primary domain. These
mini-sites include the AAPG Bookstore, Foundation and each division
-- DEG, DPA and EMD.
the middle of November, we deleted the graphics used to create the
navigation bar (on the left for most of you) and made it text. Members
immediately reaped the benefits in a faster surfing experience while
they traversed the aapg.org domain.
simple changes should have sped up browser access and made our site
more responsive, which would mean a more pleasant experience for
several EXPLORER articles about the AAPG Web site have focused on
the newly introduced "Members Only" area. We've attempted to instruct
members how to access this area -- and encouraged members to discover
how easy it is to use.
the benefits from the Members Only area was the ability to streamline
the password process. Previously, you had to remember two or even
three passwords to do AAPG business online:
One login scenario enabled you to buy books and CDs.
led to researching AAPG data.
was for logging in to pay your dues.
we EVER grateful to see that change!
using your AAPG member number as your login, plus a password of
your choice, you are able to check your dues status (and pay your
dues), buy books, CDs, educational courses and seminars, change
your address as well as other personal information and access scientific
visit often and don't want to log in each time you come to aapg.org,
you can have your login remembered and not bother with it again
of logins, just a reminder that almost all information, news and
other details of a public nature found at aapg.org is available
to anyone with a browser -- NO login required.
to log in is when member prices are desired, or areas of the site
exclusive to AAPG members are being accessed.
a look at some of the new world known on the Internet as www.aapg.org.
not sound like a big deal, but this alone saves AAPG over $25,000
each year. And now that your AAPG staff (Michael Jones) fully maintains
this area we've been able to expand online business to enrollment
for courses and other events along with acceptance of Foundation
contributions and collection of Membership dues.
Bookstore information is served up from a database of products and
services AAPG provides, that information is updated from that database
throughout the AAPG Web site -- a tremendous savings in manpower.
Then there are the efforts of the Public Outreach committee to
consolidate more information about the geosciences for the public,
as well as empowering the AAPG membership to provide more interesting
presentations to the public.
bank contains data slide sets and virtual field trips of interesting
The Grants-in-Aid committee now receives applications electronically
during the submission process.
evaluate applicants through this same Web-based system -- and all
of this because the AAPG convention department needed an electronic
solution for receiving and handling abstracts for meetings.
This has lead also to the creation of the Virtual Student Expo -- an electronic version of the Student Expo, where AAPG Student
members can post their resumes, extended abstracts of their research
and work or even a video clip introducing them to potential employers.
behind-the-curtain improvements have been adding up to steady traffic
on the AAPG Web site and its mini-sites. We have served up files
to a little over one million visits this past year, for an average
of just under 90,000 surfers per month.
include the mini-sites in the activity on our Web server the numbers
jump well over one million for the year and over 100,000 per month.
polls have opened again for the AAPG officers' election. Last year
a little over 10 percent of the AAPG voting membership cast their
ballots through this easy and efficient method. Members were notified
through both email and a postcard about their PIN for casting their
some postage -- and yourself! Log on to the ballot-casting area
to help select 2005-06 officers.