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:. Association Européenne des EuroBillTrackers

Goals

The European Association of Eurobilltrackers, whose official name is “Association Européenne des EuroBillTrackers” (A2E) has the goal to guarantee the continuation and quality of the EuroBillTracker website. The reason to create the association was because the website has experienced a consistent growth since the start in 2002. The Association was created in May 2008.

The main tasks and goals for the association are*

  • being in possession of all intellectual properties related to EuroBillTracker, including the website and its various domain names. The assets of EuroBillTracker also include the program code, databases, translations etc.
  • being responsible for all issues related to EuroBillTracker
  • creating and managing the conditions for optimal Tracking of Euro Bills
  • promoting EuroBillTracking
  • promoting communication between the users of EuroBillTracker
  • protecting the EuroBillTracker database
  • financing, when deemed necessary, the promotion and the tools of EuroBillTracker
  • ensuring a free of charge use of EuroBillTracker on-line tools

*as stated in the official statutes.

The association consists of a Board of Directors, who join for a meeting on a monthly basis to discuss various points raised by the board members themselves and by the heads of the working groups. The international meetings and their candidacies are also discussed within the Board of Directors. More information about the Board of Directors and the Working Groups can be found in the section "BOD & WG"

It is also possible to become a member of the association. If you are interested in becoming a member of our association please refer to the section "Join us"

Birth of the Association (2008)

The first steps towards forming the European Association of EuroBillTrackers – Association Européenne des EuroBillTrackers (A2E) were taken in the first months of 2008 when the founding members and the mediators started preparing to officially register the association. The association was officially registered in May 2008 and became the legal owner of the EuroBillTracker website.

The EBT website was born before the A2E. It was created by Philippe Girolami and launched on the same day that the EURO was put in circulation across various European Union countries (1st January 2002). The website increased in popularity and many volunteers started to take care of it, but slowly, some friction between the volunteers and the legal owner of the domain name started to exist. These tensions concerning the normal administration of the site reached a breaking point on 25 December 2007 when the legal owner of the domain name removed the administration rights from the volunteers. The answer of the volunteers was to copy the last backup to a new domain, and the EBT database was split in two.

The division of the database was not sustainable and totally senseless, but the two parties, with the mediation of Bruno Berken (Phaseolus) & Théo De Jonckheere (de-jo) managed to find an agreement, which they called the “Gennevilliers Agreement” named after the name of the suburb of Paris which hosted the meeting. It was decided to create a non-profit association which will be the owner of the website and will also be responsible of its management. The merge of the two databases was completed on 12 January 2008. The statutes were drafted by Bruno Berken and the first roles assigned were the following: de-jo (President), avij & Giro (Vice-Presidents), Phaseolus (Treasurer) and Nerzhul (secretary). Those who, voluntarily, wished to join the association, were asked to pay a membership fee of EUR 10 annually.

Development (2008-2011)

A2E was registered as a non-profit association under the French law and in the first months of 2008, the intellectual and legal ownership of EBT was transferred to the A2E; in August 2008 the first General Assembly was held in Ljubljana, where the members of the association elected their first Board of Directors (BoD).

The Gennevilliers Agreement also provided for the creation of several Working Groups, these being: development, technical, database and communications, and during the years it was possible to develop several new features like the connections between users, the administrative subdivisions of countries and many others. On the other hand, the filtering of mistakes and fake entries from the database was improved and many errors were removed by the so called “cleaning girls”, a group able to analyze profiles and find fake entries with the help of a specially designed tool. A support working group was also created later on.

If the international EBT meetings existed also before of the birth of the A2E, with the A2E they become something more official, also due to the need of a General Assembly every year. Since 2009, the Association has organised two official international meetings every year, and of course many local meeting were also held. Meetings were held in Ljubljana, Bologna & Ferrara (Italy), Vienna (Austria), Malta, Florence (Italy), Kalkar (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain).

During its first years of existence, the A2E managed to keep the use of EBT totally free and without any advertising banners, with the only income to cover the costs of hosting the web site being the membership fees and donations, and due to the limited number of members that was not much. If this situation was good for the short period, it does not mean that it will be also for the long term because sooner or later some expenses for a new server will have to be incurred.

During this period, the number of members was limited (less than 100, which is very little when compared to about 7000 forum users and 100 000 – 150 000 website users). As part of a campaign to create awareness about the existence of the association, the Board of Directors decided to create a web site dedicated to the association.

Το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο

Όπως αναφέρεται στο Καταστατικό του Συνδέσμου, το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο διαχειρίζεται των Σύνδεσμο των EuroBillTrackers. Αποτελείται από ένα μέλος από κάθε χώρα της Ευρωζώνης και από ένα μέλος από χώρα εκτός Ευρωζώνης, τα οποία όλα επιλέγονται από την Γενική Συνέλευση και έχουν θητεία 2 ετών. Το διοικητικό συμβούλιο εκλέγει τον Πρόεδρο, 2 Αντιπροέδρους, τον Ταμία, τον Γραμματέα και τον Συντονιστή των Συσκέψεων. Ο ρόλος του τελευταίου είναι η επικοινωνία των αποφάσεων του συμβουλίου στα μέλη του Συνδέσμου στα πλαίσια των Διεθνών Συναντήσεων του Συνδέσμου. Λόγω της αφοσίωσης που έχουν επιδείξει στο EuroBillTracker, τρία μέλη έχουν αναγνωριστεί ως Ιδρυτικά μέλη. Τα Ιδρυτικά μέλη είναι επίσης μέλη του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου επιπλέον των εθνικών εκπροσώπων.

Η τρέχουσα σύνθεση του ΔΣ είναι:

  • Flag for Αυστρία ErGo
  • Flag for Γερμανία Math Murderer (γραμματέας)
  • Flag for Ισπανία Raumi (αντιπρόεδρος)
  • Flag for Γαλλία Yok's (ταμίας)
  • Flag for Ολλανδία eddydevries (πρόεδρος, συντονιστής σύσκεψης)
  • Flag for Πορτογαλία José Bernardino

Τα Ιδρυτικά Μέλη είναι

  • Philippe Girolami (Giro)
  • Anssi Johansson (avij)
  • Marko Schilde (Nerzhul)

Το ΔΣ συνήθως συνεδριάζει μία φορά τον μήνα και συζητά τα θέματα που έχουν προκύψει στην διάρκεια του μήνα. Επίσης αποφασίζουν πότε πρέπει να ξεκινήσει η προετοιμασία των επόμενων Θερινών και Χειμερινών συναντήσεων, συζητούν βελτιώσεις στην οργάνωση του συνδέσμου και αναθέτουν εργασίες στα μέλη του συμβουλίου ή την κοινότητα.

Έχει δημιουργηθεί μία ενότητα στο φόρουμ για την δημοσίευση επίσημων ανακοινώσεων που σχετίζονται με τον σύνδεσμο. Στην ίδια ενότητα καταγράφονται και προτάσεις από τα μέλη προς το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο. Πιθανός να υπάρχουν πληροφορίες για τον σύνδεσμο στην γλώσσα σου στην εθνική σου ενότητα στο φόρουμ.

EBT Working Groups

Upon the creation of the European Association of EuroBillTrackers, a number of Working groups were also set up with the aim of seeing to the needs of the association, its members and its website. All members of the Working Groups are volunteers and no one receives any payment from the association. These working groups are the Development, Technical operations & Maintenance, Database, Communication, Support and Translation working groups. The leader of each working group is invited to attend the meeting of the Board of Directors which is usually held monthly.

Development

Headed by dserrano5, this group’s task is to add and update features to EBT’s software and related tools. Some of the features implemented by this group were the regional divisions of each country and the user connection feature. They have also provided a website where users can put forward their suggestions for EBT improvements, which can be then be voted for by other members.

Technical

The tech team, led by avij, deals with all the technical issues required to run and maintain the website. This includes installing new hardware, hosting of the web site, applying security patches and upgrading operating systems. They also install new versions of EBT tools produced by the Development group and respond to hardware and software problems.

Database

The database Working Group, led by ErGo, is there to maintain the quality of our database. The ‘Cleaning Girls’ is a group of people whose role is to investigate suspicious behaviour of users and delete notes registered into the database maliciously.

Communication

Claudio VdA leads the communications group, whose aim is to be in contact with EBT users by preparing and sending newsletters from time to time. These newsletters are translated into the same 18 languages in which EBT is translated. This group also keeps track of any opportunities where to advertise EBT. Links to these advertisements or articles are also uploaded on EBT by members of this group.

Support

The support WG, managed by Math Murderer, replies to the support requests sent by EBT users. Users can create a support request to either edit/delete a note, moderate or unmoderate hits, merge accounts and any other request which user might think of. These requests are then tackled by Support WG members, who thereafter inform the user that his request has been adhered to. The support team is also responsible for adding and amending city profiles following suggestions by users themselves. They take care of plotting the co-ordinates of a new location registered in EBT onto a map, which map is then displayed in members’ profiles.

Translation

A Translation WG has recently been created and it's headed by Claudio VdA. This WG will co-ordinate the translations required for EBT web site, info page, newsletters and other related matters. Presently EBT is translated into 18 different languages.

Γίνε μέλος

Γιατί κάποιος να γίνει μέλος; Ο κύριος λόγος είναι να γίνει μέρος του έργου και να το διατηρήσει ζωντανό. Ως μέλος έχει το δικαίωμα να παρευρεθείς στην Γενική συνέλευση, η οποία συνήθως λαμβάνει χώρα στην διάρκεια της Διεθνούς θερινής συνάντησης. Μπορείς επίσης να θέσεις υποψηφιότητα για τυχών κενές θέσεις στο Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο. Για σημαντικά θέματα θα υπάρξουν ψηφοφορίες στην διάρκεια της γενικής συνέλευσης και ως μέλος δικαιούσαι να ψηφίσεις.

Ενθαρρύνουμε όλους τους χρήστες μας να γίνουν μέλη του συνδέσμου. Το μόνο που απαιτείται είναι να συμπληρώσεις την φόρμα και να την στείλεις στο:

Anssi Johansson
Viides linja 12 D 74
00530 Helsinki
Finland

Η συνδρομή κοστίζει €10 το έτος και μπορεί να πληρωθεί μέσω τραπέζης, ταχυδρομείου ή σε εκπρόσωπο κατά την διάρκεια διεθνών ή εθνικών συναντήσεων. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες παρακάτω.

Το χρήματα των συνδρομών χρησιμοποιούνται κυρίως για την πληρωμή της φιλοξενίας του ιστότοπου. Επίσης καλύπτουν τα έξοδα του τραπεζικού λογαριασμού και της εγγραφής στο Préfet du Val-d'Oise στην Γαλλία. Ο ταμίας θα είναι υπεύθυνος για την συλλογή των χρημάτων και την πραγματοποίηση των πληρωμών.

Association Européenne des EuroBillTrackers
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