On Saturday morning, I'll have the pleasure of delivering the
Technology Committee's report to the Board of Governors during the
board's Town Hall meeting at the Dallas National Money
I'm also the guy who generally live tweets the Board of
Governors meetings. And since it's a little hard to give a report
and live tweet it at the same time, I thought I'd post my report
here to start and update tomorrow with any interesting discussion
that comes out of the meeting.
My report is twofold - what we've accomplished since our last
report to the board in Philadelphia and what's on the
What we've done since Philly
The new blog: If you're reading this, you're
already well aware that The Exchange, the ANA blog, is now up and
running. Members can leave comments on posts by simply logging in
to the Members-Only section of the site. We've built in some social
media integration for easy sharing, and we're starting to get a
stable of bloggers together who will be able to blog about the
various aspects of numismatics.
(This seems like a good spot to remind everyone that we're
always interested in having members contribute to The Exchange.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd
like to share your research, expertise or opinions on numismatics
The new search bar: There's a lot of info on
Money.org, and it's not always easy to find. But the new search bar
will do wonders to solve that problem. If you haven't used it yet,
just check out the box in the top-right corner of this page.
Everything on Money.org will index here, including posts on The
Re-writing our verification site: In order for
ANA members to take advantage of their ANA benefits, we need a
system that will allow our vendors to easily verify that yes, you
are an ANA member, and yes, you are entitled to a particular
benefit. Without getting too technical, we are currently
re-developing our verification site to make it easier for our
database to talk to other databases, which means our vendors can
spend less time verifying your membership and more time helping you
take advantage of your membership.
Re-writing and expanding the Dealers-Only
section: Currently, our dealers-only section doesn't have
much to it. We're hoping to turn this into a site that ANA-member
dealers can use for finding out info on upcoming shows, securing a
table, checking their account statuses, etc. etc.
Our next big projects will be to bring back and further develop
the Money 'Musements website, a place for kids to learn about coins
through interactive games. Rod Gillis has developed a tremendous
Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story that we hope to have online ahead
of Christmas Break for YN's to enjoy over the holiday
We've also been recording the Money Talks presentations that
were held in Philadelphia and Dallas, and we hope to have those
edited into vodcasts (visual podcasts) by the end of the year.
Those will be made available in the Members-Only section of
But the biggest of the future initiatives is the continued
development of a new Money.org. We're still in the planning initial
planning phases of the site, so we're still looking for feedback
from members on what types of features they'd most like to see on
Money.org. We hope to have some major news to announce on the
website development soon.
If you're in Dallas and want to attend the Town Hall, come to
Room 174 at the Dallas Convention Center. If you're not in Dallas
but want to follow along with the news, follow the live
tweets on Twitter.