Conditions, Terms, and Agreements of Understanding
MGH Neurosurgical Service
& Domain Hosting | Hardware
& Software | Editor
Pages and Services &
Patient-to-Patient Support Services
See also Demo
The MGH Neurosurgical Service "hosts" a number of
Internet and Intranet services. Some of the services that
we, or groups that we work closely with at MGH, have hosted
Board Services (BBS)
In order for us
to provide one of these services, it must be:
- For a non-profit
organization, group, or service activity (but doesn't have to
be legally registered as such).
- For "patient
information services only" and not for personal profit or
gain or for financial transactions (i.e. this does not preclude
"fund raising"; just using our web systems for financial
- Limited to specified
type of content which is decided by mutual agreement.
of Terms (for this agreement):
- The "Host"
= MGH/Harvard and the Neurosurgical Service at Massachusetts
General Hospital / Harvard Medical School.
- The "Content
Provider" is the "Individual, Group, Agency,
or Service" that provides the information content
and graphics that are "served."
& Liability; The "Content Provider" agrees that:
is not liable for content of info (i.e. Content Provider is).
is not responsible for reliability of computers, hardware and
software or the functionality of the network infrastructure (i.e.
some times systems just go down).
is not responsible to archive or maintain backup of site contents
(we can do it, but can not guarantee it or it should be prearranged).
can not guarantee the availability of hardware or software resources
(i.e. if the Content Provider needs special hardware, software,
scripts or programming resources, the Content Provider may be
asked to provide those resources).
- This may be
a limited time offer. No guarantee is made about the length of
time of service to be provided; it could be a year or more or
less (i.e. either party can decide to end this agreement).
The "Content Provider" agrees:
- To frequently
update and maintain informational content of pages (i.e. to keep
all content & links current and as up-to-date as possible).
- To post a disclaimer
about nature of the info on hosted pages (i.e. "Patient-to-Patient"
information that does not constitute medical advice, etc.).
- To limit "Personal
HomePage" to information about the content provider and or
editors so that the reader of the hosted web pages may be better
informed as to the source of the information. Links to extensive
personal homepages on the owners own ISP are preferred.
- To post an acknowledgement
that MGH Neurosurgery is the server host but that the content
provider is not associated with Massachusetts General Hospital
or Harvard Medical School. MGH Neurosurgery simply allowing the
content provider the use of the server for the specific services.
& Domain Service Hosting:
can host services either as part of one of our existing services
on one of our servers (under our domain name) or as a host for an
InterNic registered domain (under your domain name). The simplest
option is as a service under our domain.
If you choose to
register your own domain name then:
- The InterNic
registration fees for the domain name are paid for and maintained
by the content provider (i.e. you or your group).
- Contact us before
starting / changing domain name registration so that we can coordinate
DNS registration and IP addressing.
Hardware & Software:
services are provided as a "Patient-to-Patient"
informational resource. They are provided within the limitations
of the hardware, software and network infrastructure that we normally
have available as part of our department. If there are requests
for software, programming, or hardware resources that we do not
currently have available, we will try to address those requests.
If those requests exceed the ability of our serrvices, or they require
special software and hardware, we may ask the Content Providers
to assist us with donations of additional resources, i.e. donations
of a hard drive, memory, software, etc.). We do not have
a budget for these services. See Demo
of Services Hosted
Some of the systems
currently available to us to host services on include:
- Servers running
Win NT 3.51, NT 4.0, NT 5.0 with multipe networked drives. We
use the RAIC (redundant array of inexpensive computers) philosophy.
- Editing support
including multiple 1/2/4 gigabyte drives, optical drives, zip
drives, RCD systems, slide makers, tape drives and document/image
- Network connections
via MGH IR through Harvard University; 8 redundant connections
to LMA and the Internet
- PPP dial-up
and PPTP virtual private networks.
- Web Servers
via EMWAC HTTPS, Purveyor Encryption Server, MS IIS, NetScape
- EMWAC IMS ListServers,
POP Mail, etc.
- Perl 5 Scripts
for GuestBooks, BBS Groups, etc.
- Indexing by
WAIS and Excite Serach engines.
- Other software
has bee run on request.
Access to Hosted Service Content:
to the services hosted may be setup by by a variety of methods.
To address security concerns, control is maintained down to the
server, directory/subdirectory, and file (read/write/delete) level.
Editors are given access to the content within their area of responsibility
as decided by the owners of the service/content.
- FTP ~ individual
or group accounts for editor access.
- PPP ~ individual
account access by dial-up connection.
- PPTP ~ individual
or group editor accounts for "virtual private network"