Evaluation of Project Activity - Samara Civic Network

1. How many public access points (PAP) were opened?

Totally 36 public access points were opened during project
2. How many PAP will be open in the nearest 3 months, 6 months, 1 year?
There are 9 public access points planned to be opened quarterly. So, 9 public access points will be opened in the nearest 3 months, 18 in the nearest 6 months, 36 in the nearest 1 year.
3. Was the technical support group formed during the project activity? How many people are included in this group? What kind of technical support is provided? In what way the access to Internet is provided?
  • Dial-up
  • PPP
  • Dial-up + PPP
  • Other (please specify)
The technical support group was formed during the project activity containing 6 persons : the network and system administrators, network software developer, two user support specialists and webmaster. Technical support for all equipment and software are provided. User support are provided by the phone, personally and by visiting SCN users sites. Access to Internet is provided by Dial-up + PPP.
3a. Describe where and how do you use the equipment, received from "Friends and Partners" Foundation (comment the using of each item from equipment list)
All equipment, received from "Friends and Partners", are used in the project as following :

Item Where and how it used
1 Sun Ultra 5, Solaris 2.5, 17" Monitor Web-server of the Samara Civic Network
2 Cisco 2509 Remote access server of the Samara Civic Network
3 8 US Robotics Courier modems. 4 modems are connected to the Cisco 2509, 2 modems are connected to the SSTU remote access server ( used as second access mode for NGO), 2 modems are leased to the NGOs for connecting to SCN.
4 HP Vectra VES 233 MMX /16/2,1, HP SVGA 15" Monitor, Keyboard, 10/100 Ethernet Card Workplace for the system and network administrators of the SCN. It's used for civic network configuring, testing and controlling, for developing server software.
5 HP Vectra VES 233 MMX /16/2,1, HP SVGA 15" Monitor, Keyboard Workplace for webmaster of SCN. It used for developing and placing to Web-server hypertext documents for created information resources.
6 Umax Powerlook II, UTA Tranparency Unit It's connected to webmaster station and used for scanning images, required for created information resources.

4. How many organizations have an access to the Internet and local Civic Network?

Present Number Prospective number in the nearest future Type of access to your net
public access points own connection
NGO libraries 1 1 1

organizations for
region development

other (specify) 14 32 5 9
schools 1 6 2
universities 2 3 12 4
other (specify)

health service


other (specify)

Private Sector of Economy small business

large business

other (specify)

Mass Media telephone companies

telecommunication co.

other (specify)

Local Administration region government

city government

other (specify)



9 10

27 52 20 13

5. The possible funding sources are listed below. Mark off all possible ways of funding and organizations which take part in support of your project.

Organizations Size of Funding Prospective Size of Funding Percent Ratio
NGO - 1000 2,17
1000 2,17
Local Administration
15 328 33,3
10 014 21,75
Own funds
16 690 36,26
Payment for Services
2000 4,35
Payment for Services

6. Prepare a brief description of Grand Opening Ceremony ( by March, 27, 1999)

It was sent as separate document.
7. Give the project geographical coverage (in the form of map, if possible)
City of Samara only.
8. What is the present state(activity) of your project? (Your comments - about 1 page)
Presently we provide all kinds of service to SCN users.

Following technical activities have been realized:

  1. SCN Web-server has been developed and supported.

  2. Remote access center has been developed using CISCO-2509 remote access server and USR Courier modems. It provides dial-up connections to the network. Users can access both civic network and Internet information. All required hardware, software and network connections were installed, tested and from January center functions in the full mode. 6 phone numbers are currently in use.

  3. User connections to the civic network in the work mode has been started from January. Now 14 NGOs and 9 persons use network. Most of connected NGOs are functioning as public access class. Persons, connected to the network, are active participants of its development.

  4. Public access class with 10 places has been created, using SSTU room and equipment. It works from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., daily. Personnel of SSTU provides normal functioning of the class and answers question appeared during work with network resources.

  5. Technical personnel of SCN visited every new user, connecting to network. They configure software and hardware, check normal work of created connection.

  6. Technical support for connected users has been organized, both using phone and visiting points of connection.

  7. Specialized introductory courses on using SCN and Internet have organized for new users. Also current consultations was held for on using civic network, searching necessary information in the Internet.

  8. Following information from Samara city administration has been converted into hypertext and placed on civic network Web-site:

    • << The land and the people >> - essay about Samara and region, information about local nature, health resorts, legends.
    • << The History >> - remarkable pages of local history from foundation of Samara till our days.
    • << The Sights >> - information about city architecture sights, squares, monuments and museums.

  9. Gathering, processing and publishing statistics for Samara Civic Network Web-site accesses and dial-up usage of the Samara Civic Network were provided.

  10. Creating and placing Web-pages, based on information from nonprofit organizations - SCN users, has been started.

  11. Round-the-clock operation of civic network server were provided. Maintenance of equipment and network connections was carried out. Normal function of remote access service, Web-server, mail server and over software were provided.

Following humanitarian activities have been realized:

  1. Updating (new design) and support of an information resource << Peoples of Russia in territory of the Samara region >>. Updating of sections of a resource. Preparation of sections << Gallery >>, << Ukraine >>.

  2. Creation, approbation, accommodation on the server and support of a resource << Consultation for NGOs >>

  3. Support << Bulletin Board >> - collecting of materials from NGO, editing, accommodation on the server.

  4. Development of structure, preparation of materials and creation of Web-design of an information resource << Calendar of national, ethnic and religious holidays and memorials >>

  5. Preparation of materials for an information resource << Ethnic and religious map of the Samara region >>.

  6. Preparation of materials for third sector information agency - << Bulletin of the Samara area NGOs >>.

  7. Collecting materials, filling and updating of a database for << the Directory NGO of the Samara area >>.
9. Mark off the sides of your activity which raise now (or in future) some difficulties.
Activity Directions Yes NoSometimes (in details)
Access lines Yes

Support, upgrade, update of equipment and software Yes

Training of staff
Data purchased

Building telecommunication infrastructure for normal functioning of SCN still has some difficulties. SCN is connected to the Internet through regional segment of non-commercial network RBNet. Variants with commercial ISPs are too expensive to be realized. Today the main problem is not connectivity between SCN and regional segment of RBNet, but the quality of all Samara non-commercial network connection to the Internet.

Increasing of the Samara-Moscow link capacity was planned in the SCN project. But, from January, 1999, the link Moscow-West for ALL Russian non-commercial networks became bottleneck. Access speed for a foreign information resources slow down, so work with them became almost impossible.

Also the problem id upgrade of equipment. Server memory and hard disk upgrades will be required in the next year because of increasing number of users, information and supposed development of an interactive resources (chats, forums, databases) . Some modems are required for supplying NGOs, who haven't enough funding to buy it.

10. The main goal of civic networking is the development of local community. To what extent objectives listed below were the aim of your civic networking? And what impact did they make upon your community? (Comments are necessary).

Objectives Project goal Main goal Not Primary goal It is not a goal of project Made a little impact
1. To improve provision of social services via Internet

yes yes
2. To extend interest in local cultural activities yes yes

3. To increase the local population's participation in political life

yes yes
4. To increase the employment of local population

yes yes
5. To promote the economical development of your town, region, country yes yes

6. To provide telecommunication services yes yes

7. To improve the quality of health services

yes yes
8. To increase the efficiency of interaction between local government and local population yes

9. To promote cultural enrichment yes yes

10. To extend educational opportunities yes

11. To help coordination between regional information services yes

12. To establish contacts and partnership relations with other regions yes yes

Addition to the table:
13. Increase of a level of interaction Inside noncommercial sector yes yes

14. Removal of a bias of the population against the help of the foreign states yes yes


  1. The given purpose was not put in the project in connection with absence of tradition of development of services through the Internet in region and complete absence of necessary technical base within the limits of 3 sectors - basic addressee of the project. However during realization of the project the given purpose began to be realized: The board of the announcements became a way of attraction of attention to problems NGO (search of the partners, support etc.) The section << Public campaigns >> gives materials on the most urgent problems of a survival NGO The section of << Advice >> gives services to the chiefs NGO on the most urgent questions of activity of organizations

  2. On the server large volume of resources about local culture (sites << Peoples of Russia in territory of the Samara area >>, electronic version of the information bulletin << Samara area. Ethnos and culture >>, history and culture of the Samara area in the appropriate section etc.). These resources while remain most visited.

  3. The given purpose was not put in the project and now more important consolidation of noncommercial sector is represented premature -, and the political predilections are capable her(it) to undermine. However it is impossible to exclude, that during coming nearer selective campaign the connected users will use SCN and for discussion of political problems of a community.

  4. The given task was not put and can not be decided within the framework of the project the coming year, at least. At the same time, the training of the citizens to work in the Internet, creation of databases etc. raises their qualification (gives in general knowledge, new to them, skills and skills more often), that raises their chances by search of work. The connected users have had an opportunity of search of vacancies through the Internet.

  5. The economic development of city and region is submitted not only materials on official sites of Administrations of various levels and Gubernskoi and urban Duma, but also in the original materials placed by branch of the Moscow scientific fund - of the connected user SCN.

  6. The connection of the noncommercial users, is especial NGO, which till now practically had no an output(exit) in the international telecommunication channels (by the beginning of realization of the project such opportunity had 0.5 % NGO), allows to accumulate <>, at which 3 sectors become the equal in rights user of these technologies level with business and state.

  7. The given purpose was not planned in the project, but as a result of training and connections of the users the public organizations <> and organization of the patients by an absent-minded sclerosis considerably have strengthened the activity in region, contacts to the Russian and foreign colleagues, that mediate has an effect for improvement of quality of public health services for their clients.

  8. The given purpose is realized in volume and rates stipulated by the project: the materials of public campaigns are used by the deputies Gubernskoi of Duma, in general project became a source of new communications (connections) both lines of interaction NGO and state structures.

  9. Now connected users have had an opportunity acquaintances and uses of materials of world, Russian and regional information resources promoting cultural enrichment. The following task - accommodation on the server of resources, accessible to world community, about local cultures (including in English).

  10. All resources are used for these purposes by educational establishments having access in the Internet, though this purpose was not pursued by the project as basic.

  11. The given purpose was not basic for the project, but the contents of the project has appeared so attractively for local information Internet's - services, that there was a necessity of planning of achievement of the purpose as by one of basic the next year.

  12. This basic purpose of the project is reached in planned scales and rates both through the connected users, and at the expense of attention of organizations from other regions. The project has allowed to begin contacts and to put in pawn bases of partnership on new lines - South - Ural university (Chelyabinsk) and Sergiev Posad.

In addition:

  1. Formation of a circle of the connected users and organization by them of places of public access for others NGO, participation in training within the framework of the project, discussion of problems of development SCN, opportunity of operative dialogue with others NGO by means of e-mail considerably have expanded interaction inside Samara NGO.

  2. The Internet - one of the strongest means of removal of a bias against other countries, foreign organizations and people. The connection to the Internet supported with visits in Samara C. Kedzie and Gr. Cole has rendered the large positive influence on involved in realization of the project of the people and organizations, represented by them.
11. To what degree do local political structures and leaders support civic networking
  1. No support
  2. Insufficient support
  3. Strong support
SCN didn't plan to get any local political structures and leaders support for this project and don't get.
12. Percentage between number of users and total population in served area.
Total number of users is about 450 (we count as user any person, who at least one time use at least one service of SCN). It's about 0.03 % of total Samara population (1.3 millions people) and about 2 % of total number of all global network users.
13. What is the average educational level of user?
  1. secondary or high school
  2. some college
  3. bachelor, master degree
  4. other (specify)
About 80 % of all users have some college.
14. What material is ready for submitting on F&P server (within the framework of Russian Civic Networking Project" ). (Look at requirements of project. The material was not submitted as of recently) . This material must be interesting for every participant of RCNP, it must be submitted both in Russian and English. Specify the periodicity of content updating.
15. Indicate your IP address for DNS database
16. The proposal of project (1999-2000)

The basic attention should be paid at :

  1. humanitarian part of project (preparing material for server)
  2. support of technical group
  3. collaboration with local organizations
  4. opening of additional PAP
  5. collaboration with local administration

    New project budget will support mainly such items as :

    • salary
    • domestic travel

Show please matching funds (in monetary units) of organizations which will take part or will support your project.


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