DATE: July 1, 1999

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, Chair
Deborah B. Carson, Financial Operations Officer, Judicial Branch
Tamara Dukes, President, New England Interactive
Marilyn Lutz, Maine Library Association
Robert A. Mayer, Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Information Services
Linda Monica, Maine Trial Lawyers Association
Rudolph Naples, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Services
Gary Nichols, Maine State Librarian
Rick Record, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Lesley Sprague, Maine Association of Realtors

Mary N. Cloutier, Staff to InforME Board, Bureau of Information Services
Rebecca Wyke, (Staff to the Chair) Assistant Secretary of State, Office of Secretary of State
Janet Grard, Office of Secretary of State


Additional Attendees:

Pam Plumb, facilitator


Following greeting comments, Chairman Gwadosky asked Becky Wyke to review the Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the Information Resource of Maine and the Maine Department of the Secretary of State to Provide for Electronic Transactions and Access to Public Records. Saying that her office was "excited and comfortable" with the agreement, Becky reviewed the entire document with the Board, and answered all questions satisfactorily. Expiring April 14, 2002, this SLA will provide 90-95% of the Network�s funding, and is coterminous with the master agreement.

After verifying a quorum was present, Linda Monica moved, and Gary Nichols seconded a motion to accept the SLA as presented. The motion carried unanimously. Since this is the first SLA, and because it provides the lion�s share of the Network�s funding, Chairman Gwadosky said that his office would schedule a meeting to review the provisions of the SLA with the other members of the Board who could not attend this meeting.

Tamara Dukes reviewed the June General Manager�s report, which was accepted by the Board. Henceforth, she will plan on having the general manager�s reports ready by the second Monday of each month. As a result of a presentation at the recent Maine Municipal Conference, four municipalities have expressed interest in partnering with InforME on a trial basis.

Tamara also distributed Iowa Access ( and Virginia Information Providers Network ( home / "splash" pages for the Board�s review and discussion of what members would like to see on InforME�s initial web presence. Eventually, Tamara would like InforME to offer a "portal site" complete with search engines which would enable users to search the site by categories and keywords. (The Maine web site does not currently have a search engine.) Members are invited to contact Tamara with their ideas, and she will work with Dan and Bob to develop initial splash prototype(s).

The question of whether or not New England Interactive should serve as the single portal to State of Maine information is key. InforME Board members will discuss this issue with their peers and agency webmasters (there are 110 webmasters in State government), and Bob pledged to discuss this with the Information Services Managers Group. Should NEI become the portal, agencies would continue to be responsible for their own site�s content. Board members will come prepared to the July meeting, where the Board will decide whether or not to recommend the InforME site be the single portal to State of Maine information to Governor King.

Tamara also asked the Board to consider granting NEI the permission to charge agencies to "overhaul" their web sites. Bob pointed out that several agencies (e.g. tourism site) contract out for these services currently. The Board agreed to discuss Tamara�s request in more detail at the July meeting.

The Board next reviewed the draft Mission/Vision statements, and gave several suggestions to Becky Wyke to incorporate for final review and adoption at the next meeting. Becky pledged to send an advance copy of the draft prior to the meeting, and members are encouraged to submit their suggestions to her (

The next InforME Board meeting will be held Tuesday, July 27th at 9:30 a.m. in the Secretary of State conference room on the first floor of the Nash School Building. The Nash School (#20 on this map: is a antique looking red brick building, adjacent to the State Office Building and the parking garage. The conference room is on the first floor.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary N. Cloutier, Staff to the Board