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Outstanding Chapter Website 2011-2012

Name: Ain Shams University ACM Student Chapter
Address:
Cairo, Egypt

About the chapter:

From the very beginning, in 2002, “acmASCIS” was founded to build a scientific community that aims at spreading knowledge and encouraging students to seek science as a way of life; for we are looking forward to a true revival for a community made by young computer scientists, and preparing a generation capable of advancing in its field. Moreover, we aim to qualify students to achieve high ranks in National and Regional contests to reach the ICPC world finals.

The acmASCIS steering committee consists of a President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, 6 committees’ Heads, and 33 committees’ members; moreover, the chapter has 18 active members that offer their help when needed. Among these members, there are 6 master students.

Since, our main goals are to prepare students from our faculty to reach the ICPC world finals, revive our community through becoming a wide channel for spreading knowledge, and help the students to develop a passion for science and admire learning. You will find that our online presence has been designed to tackle these points.

Outstanding Chapter Website:

The acmASCIS website is divided into 3 main divisions: main website, blog, and community portal. Our main website and blog are built over Wordpress an open-source, Content Management System (CMS) with a large array of plug-ins that are either written by us or are available online. As for our community portal, it is running a modified version of the Simple Machines Forum, which is in turn an open-source CMS for managing forums. Those three divisions of our website are written in PHP and JavaScript, while MySQL is used for maintaining the databases.

Viewing our website’s landing page (http://www.acmascis.org), gives you an overview of our upcoming events through the slider and gives you a glimpse of our latest events. By navigating to the “About Us” page, you can take a glance at the current steering committee, an introduction to the ACM, a description of our local chapter, both our mission and vision and the structure of the steering committee. By navigating to the “events” section, you are able to view a complete portfolio of our events categorized by their type. Each event entry typically contains a description of the event, accompanied by photos/video footage of that event. This part of our website plays an important role in publicizing our chapter’s activities to our community, as it is used to increase interest in our events that usually target making our community more familiar with computer science and its role in our lives.

Our blog (http://blog.acmascis.org) is where we host our weekly activities that include posts from some of the influential individuals—students and graduates—in our community, who have earned the community’s credibility through their contributions. Mainly, the posts are about interesting aspects of different fields of computer science and skill-building techniques. The weekly posts cover a broad spectrum of topics that span all the way from discussing accomplishments of world-known scientists, to introducing new breakthroughs and techniques in computer science and end up with a weekly mind-bending riddle that aims to challenge our avid subscribers.

Our community portal (http://forum.acmascis.org) provides our trainees with 24/7 support with any assistance they might need in their training, this aspect of our website is critical for the training our chapter holds. In addition, we have private sub-forums where the meeting minutes are documented and polls for gathering suggestions are held.

In order to keep our website up and running, and ensure that it keeps up with the needs of the chapter, a team is designated to maintain the website and implement any needed customizations.

In addition to the previously mentioned media, we are also using various social media and methods of communication to enforce our online presence. These include:

Website Statistics

Since the publishing of the website on August 2011, our website has received 3367837 hits.

Summary by Month

Month

Daily Avg.

Monthly Totals

Hits

Files

Pages

Visits

KBytes

Visits

Pages

Files

   Hits

Apr-12

18843

13680

10941

437

4991161

11818

295413

369377

508771

Mar-12

19583

17791

15134

445

5017415

13825

469168

551542

607090

Feb-12

58135

54851

50214

470

10277571

13650

1456214

1590687

1685930

Jan-12

2260

1874

1131

229

810876

7102

35063

58124

70088

Dec-11

4563

3503

1762

312

1198616

9691

54640

108619

141454

Nov-11

4237

3064

1439

237

1267792

7126

43188

91939

127126

Oct-11

4388

2678

2380

159

1664663

4862

73807

83048

136042

Sep-11

1076

624

593

31

340093

949

17813

18740

32283

Aug-11

3280

1714

1278

31

819293

572

23005

30855

59053

Totals

26387480

69595

2468311

2902931

3367837