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New Technology Capabilities for Member Clubs

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce new technology capabilities available for its member clubs.  Due to licensing stipulations, these capabilities are only available for certified nonprofit (501(c)3) clubs.  All of these capabilities are provided for free.  Orienteering USA will assist with setup of the capability.

Capabilities

Subdomain of orienteeringusa.org

This option can save you from purchasing your own domain or add a second address to your existing domain.  Add another URL or switch URLs for your club’s webpage.  A subdomain is the portion prior to the ‘.orienteeringusa.org’ portion of the URL.  Some clubs currently use the ‘.us.orienteering.org’ URL for this same.  Shifting to .orienteeringusa.org would keep a better continuity of websites.  (e.g. eventreg.orienteeringusa.org, but ‘eventreg’ would be your club’s acronym)

Google team drive for document storage

A Google team drive is a shared space that allows teams (organizations) to store documents and easily search for them.  It also allows all members to access the drive.  This drive belongs to the entire team instead of an individual as in the personal drive.

Benefits

  • 1TB data storage
  • Club’s self management of access
  • OrienteeringUSA support upon lockout/loss of access
  • Anyone can access any document with appropriate permissions
  • Individual files sharable with anyone
  • File version control is integrated

Limits

  • Only individuals with a google account can modify documents
  • Entire Folders are unable to be shared

Google group for group mailing list management (e.g. contact list / group inbox)

A Google group is a group of email addresses that can be used for a specific purpose.  A google group can be configured to act as a group inbox (e.g. where a question is sent to an email address and is then distributed to multiple people instead of one) or as a contact list (e.g. an announcement is sent by a club representative to all those in the club wishing to receive those announcements.

Benefits

  • Club’s self-management of access
  • @orienteeringusa.org group address (not @googlegroups.com)
  • Restrict email addresses that can send out/receive to the contact list
  • OrienteeringUSA support upon lockout/loss of access
  • Individual subscribe/unsubscribe available

Limits

  • Only individuals with a google account can modify the entire distribution list

Procedure for requesting support

Send an email to Tech-committee@nullorienteeringusa.org containing:

For a subdomain:

  • Subdomain name preferred
  • IP Address of the server
  • Contact information of the person in the club responsible for any questions/issues in the future

For the Team drive:

  • Name of Drive
  • Email for the group manager

For the Google Group:

  • Group name (name@nullorienteeringusa.org)
  • Group type (e.g. contact list, group inbox)
  • Email for the group manager