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Who was Rasmus?

This project is named after Rasmus Jensen, the first Lutheran pastor in North America.

Pastor Jensen was the chaplain of an expedition sent in the spring of 1619 by King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway to search for the Northwest Passage to India. The expedition landed on the shore of Hudson Bay at the present day site of Churchill Manitoba in the fall of 1619.

His commemoration date is February 20.

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Project Rasmus

Infrastructure and Miscellaneous - Comments Summary

This is a summary of the discussion by the bishops, the representatives of the synod offices, and the representatives of congregations who met in Winnipeg June 16-18.

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Miscellaneous Comments


  • There was a desire expressed to place Domino servers in each Synod
  • If National Office goes down the Synods still can work
  • Performance when working from a server replica of a database will be much faster as the server will be on the Synod's local network
  • Replication of data with National Office happens from server to server
  • A dialup connection to the Internet is not recommended for a server. This implies that there will be additional costs on top of the server hardware a more robust internet connectivity solution (Cable modem, ADSL, ISDN, etc.) and basic firewalls for security.
  • Some congregations expressed the desire to use more than one computer. In order to facilitate this, a server must be available to all of the computers that the congregation wishes to use. Clients cannot replicate with other clients. Clients can only replicate with a server. If multiple clients replicate with a server, everyone's changes eventually end up on everyone's personal copy of the database. The other alternative to local replicas is that everyone works off of the same server copy of the database. These congregations would either have to purchase their own Domino server or negotiate with any office that has a server (National Office or Synod) that can be accessed over the Internet.

Miscellaneous Comments

  • Bishops commented that we may wish to gather input from Synod treasurers and data people
  • There may be some future opportunities to expand the system to encompass seminaries and camps
  • One of the bishops (BC?) made the commitment to set aside funds to purchase Notes software licenses for each congregation in that Synod
  • It would be desirable to have individual email accounts for key people within a congregation. Each congregation is expected to have one personalized ID tied to the minister, one generic id that has enhanced security rights that an administrator or financial secretary would use and one generic id that has limited rights and would be used by volunteers. Each of these Ids will have an email account and any additional accounts will require the congregation to purchase additional Notes licenses.
  • The freedom of information act may restrict the type of data we capture and how we request that data. Someone needs to look into the implications.
  • Wherever there is mail merge capabilities, provide a way to sort the selected documents by postal code prior to generating the mail merge file
  • All mailing address fields must be entered according to Canada Post standards, especially for large mailings. In the scenario of large mailings, too many incorrectly formatted addresses result in financial penalties
  • If Canada Post has a standard we may be able to force data entry rules so that certain values are entered correctly. It really depends on the rule and if the rules are the same for all types of mailings. We may be better off having different mail merge buttons which do some formatting (e.g. capitalize everything) as it is building the mail merge file.
  • As for postal codes, one approach is to have a scheduled agent running on the server that could check against a postal code table for all Canadian addresses. All users of the contact list would see any updates it makes. The assumption here is that most BIG mailings will come out of the contact list. This way, any postal codes that are entered incorrectly will only be wrong until the next time the scheduled agent runs (is weekly sufficient?).

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Miscellaneous Comments

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