The calendar needs
* Ability to assign categories to different events so users can search for different types of events such as film or music and staff members like toni can create custom "KBOO Presents" or "KBOO Sponsored" events. Users will be able to filter the categories to only show things like Trainings, Meetings for committees and board.
* Categories: Music, Cinema, All Ages, Arts, Literary, Outdoors, Benefit, Free,
* Ability to Import and Export Events to calendars, like iCal and Google Calendar
* POSTPONED Ability to embed a view of the calendar into other websites (PDX Pipeline is interested in this and other community sites would be also)
* Easy selection of date that eliminates chance someone will enter wrong time or day
* Suggestions from Alecia Olson, longtime community calendar volunteer. I will summarize here: 1) What she's asking for here won't work unless the volunteers are willing to copy and paste the text into new calendar entries, I'll talk to her about this 2) Forms for URL links, contact info (private/public) 3) Plug for the on-air calendar
* Ability for programmers to reccomend events, and display on program page.
1. I think the site should be as easy as possible for the public to enter data. One reason the Calendar gmail account is still so useful, is that many people (especially from the non-profs) send out broadcast emails to a number of places. Would be great to keep this account intact--could something be linked (pardon the terminology, I am not a web developer!) whereby the emails get dumped into some sort of cue on the site, and every couple of days someone could go into this area and moderate/post it to the calendar? I realize we wanted to eliminate moderation in the past, but I think we could get a couple of trustworthy volunteers to do this (I used to moderate the old site's calendar section).
3. In the form, provide optional fields such as an area to paste in the links to the 501c3 non-profit organization (s), sponsor (s) or other community group website (s) this benefit/event is supporting; and a contact area (not shown to the public) for calendar volunteers to use if we need to get more information than is provided in the posting. Many of us calendar producers look up other sites to get more info on the group, and some ads have lacked so much information, we've had to call the author for an address or clarify something that looked wrong--like a date that did not match the right weekday, etc.
4. At the end of the form, this statement: "The on-air Community Calendar is a pre-recorded program that broadcasts Monday through Friday at 7:30 and 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. The Saturday edition airs at 9:00 am, 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00 pm, and Sunday editions air at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Each Calendar edition averages 3 minutes in length. Posting your announcement on the KBOO web site does not guarantee that it will be read on the air due to time constraints."
5. Finally, the Calendar Guidelines, I believe, are going to be re-addressed. The political and religious organization announcements have been sort of a topic of debate in past calendar meetings, and I believe Ani mentioned something about looking into this. For me, personally, as a Calendar producer, I shy away from these announcements as much as I can for the time being. I can get with Ani and find out what needs to be done to get this all pinned down. I think it's imperative to have this clarified before it potentially gets worked into the web site.