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Accessing the Joint Combat Camera Web Site

By Douglas J. Gillert
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 1996 – The Joint Combat Camera Center web site (www.redstone.army.mil/jccc) resides currently at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, which hosts numerous DoD web sites to the point of congestion. Since the site is restricted to DoD, it requires user names and passwords. An online form lets firsttime users register.

The center's web site will soon migrate to Alexandria, Va., where it will set up shop at the Defense Visual Information Office. Expected online by December, "DoD Images OnLine" will be accessible at www.dodimagery.afis.osd.mil. The new site will make it easier for both technicians loading images and managing the huge database and users, who will find it responds to their search requests much faster.

"We are using a commercial image management system," explained Air Force Master Sgt. Paul Robinson, chief technician for the move from Redstone to Alexandria. "Because it's offtheshelf, we've been able to develop the new site rapidly and at a reasonable cost."

Robinson said users will need the Netscape 3.0 web browser to take full advantage of the new site's advanced features. He said he doesn't see this as a hindrance; a survey of current users revealed 70 percent already have Netscape, and DoD agencies can easily get a Netscape browser license. For more information on Netscape, access the company at its web site, www.netscape.com.

Two other web sites complete the menu of imagery data bases available to DoD users. Visitors to the Defense Visual Information Center (www.dodmedia.osd.mil/index.html) can obtain information on ordering historical videotape and still photography as well as the CDROM collections. For details, visit the web site or call the center, located at March Air Force Base, Calif., at (909) 413-2522 or DSN 348-2522.

Beginning in January, the Defense Automated Visual Information System will offer online search access to more than 10,000 training and information videos created by DoD, with ordering information.

The goal of all these initiatives, Army Col. John Kehoe,director of defense visual information, said, is to increase thevalue of DoD imagery. "In economics the 'multiplier effect' statesthat money in circulation generates additional value," he said."Likewise, the greater the circulation of imagery, the greater itsvalue."

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