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Fascinating

I just had a visitor come by on a referral from this site:

http://www.pdc.city/HTML/library/pdc-in-the-weblogs.asp

Of course, when I go there, I can't get in. Time for a public records request, anyone?

Comments (10)

Like the rest of us, they just can't wait to see what you have to say about this morning's O.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1131093300226790.xml&coll=7

Yikes.

He learned well from his mentor. What a clown. He's done. Not worth anyone's time, except for the fact that he's apparently still on the Saif board. Another fine pick by Ted.

Yeah, it's interesting that .city tld is, of course, not a legitimate one. It's used entirely internally at City of Portland government offices.

It's totally weird, because they would have to do some pretty fundamental tweaking of their outbound DNS systems - more complicated than I could imagine is worth doing. Especially since you'd have to build an alternative system for providing folks access to those pages from home, satellite offices, etc.

Referers don't depends upon anything other than what the machine on the internal network thinks it's called. The internal network, of course, can use any naming scheme it wants. We're not talking about how the hit is registered in terms of IP/domain -- we're talking how the referer is registered.

I could set up an entire internal network using *.you as the naming scheme, name my own machine "screw" and if I had some bookmarks and clicked one of them to get to a website, the REFERER would be "screw.you", but the IP address being reported as the HIT would be something normal.

Now we're on to something! Looks like I have a homework assignment for the weekend.

the IP address being reported as the HIT.

In this case, it was a City of Portland IP address.

Greetings!

RE: http://www.pdc.city/HTML/library/pdc-in-the-weblogs.asp

By way of introduction, I am Tim Liszt, PDC's Web Content Coordinator. I noticed the blog post expressing some intrigue about this web page and I think I can explain this before folks spend much time trying to determine what this is all about.

This is a new page I created for our PDC intranet site, known internally as "IRA" in honor of Ira Keller and also as an acronym for "Information and Research Assistant." Again, this is an internal intranet site used by PDC staff to access resources and information to do our jobs, as well as providing an internal resource for policies and other critical work-related documentation.

On the front page of this site, we have a section titled, "PDC in the News" where we post daily print and web news articles that discuss our agency and projects we are involved with. This centralized location provides a way for staff to stay apprised of media coverage about the wide variety of work that PDC is involved in. The news articles have always included traditional media sources (The Oregonian, DJC, Business Journal, Tribune, etc.) along with any comments and discussion about PDC posted on some of the local weblogs.

Recently we simply decided to separate out the weblog posts from the "PDC in the News" section to its own link and page titled, "PDC in the Weblogs." This is NOT an internal blog, and staff are not posting to a PDC blog; we currently don't have one.

This specific intranet page, not accessible outside the City, provides headlines and direct links to relevant blog posts about PDC and our work on Portland projects such as the public discussions on the Oregon Convention Center Headquarters Hotel and OHSU aerial tram, as a couple of examples.

I hope this makes clear what this specific web page is and the purpose it serves.

Respectfully,

Tim Liszt
Web Content Coordinator
Portland Development Commission
email: lisztt@pdc.us

Tim: Is it the PDC's position that that page is or is not a public record subject to disclosure under the Oregon open meetings law?

Jack,

I cannot speak to an official PDC legal position, but since the URL page in question is not a blog and only only posts links to PDC-related articles that appear on other weblogs, there really isn't anything of interest outside of this.

My personal assumption would be that PDC's intranet site is an internal communication tool, and there is really no reason for any outside entity to find it of interest. There are no comments or posts from staff, I can assure you. Along with an additional staff person, I am aware of ALL content posted on both our external (www.pdc.us) website along with our intranet.

PDC does not presently have an internal online forum or weblog for posting discussion on project work or issues of concern.

Respectfully,

Tim Liszt
Web Content Coordinator, PDC
email: lisztt@pdc.us

P.S. If you provide me with an email address where I can send a .jpg image, I'd be glad to send you a screenshot of this intranet page for you to see that it is really quite inconsequential.

Nice blog, Have a good day.


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