#357 2007 In Review

Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007
Subject: #357 2007 In Review


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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #357 – Monday, 31 December 2007

2007 saw almost fifteen thousand new news clippings added to the
http://www.mapinc.org archives.

Over a half million different readers from about 125 countries
accessed the clippings during the year. Based on a formula which
recognizes that older clippings may have been accessed more than the
more recent ones, selections of the 600 most read clippings by areas
of the world are provided at the following links:

http://mapinc.org/find?369 2007 in Review – Australasia

http://mapinc.org/find?370 2007 in Review – Asia

http://mapinc.org/find?366 2007 in Review – Canada

http://mapinc.org/find?368 2007 in Review – South

http://mapinc.org/find?367 2007 in Review – United

http://mapinc.org/find?365 2007 in Review – United

The year 2007 was good for our Letter to The Editor writing activists,
with about 2,230 letters printed that we know of as shown at

The year also saw a nice upgrade in the online look of the DrugSense
Weekly http://www.drugsense.org/current.htm

Among the best kept secrets in the reform community is the 30,000 plus
record Media Contact On Demand database, which received a facelift
during 2007 for ease of use and for which the data is continuously
crawled – computer programs are checking the web for changes – and
updated http://www.mapinc.org/mcod/

During the year DrugSense switched from using Paltalk to TeamSpeak for
on line voice chats because the server software resides on our own
server and because the program works as well on MAC and Linux
computers as on Windows PCs. Besides MAP/DrugSense meeting rooms, both
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the Ohio Patient Network have
meeting rooms. Details about the software are at http://www.mapinc.org/resource/teamspeak/

It has also been a busy year for the DrugSense webmastering/website
hosting team supporting 125 reform websites and over 200 email lists
and forums. Among the major projects of the year were these:

– Major upgrades of The Drug Truth Network http://www.drugtruth.net
and the LEAP websites http://www.leap.cc

– Adding new websites http://thepotlawhasfallen.ca/,
http://compassionatecanadians.com/, http://www.illinoisnorml.org/, and
http://chemicalbigotry.org/, with others in the works.

Oh, we have probably left out something we did during the past year
that is important to you, but it is hard to keep on top of all that
happens at DrugSense.

On behalf of the MAP/DrugSense family of activists we wish you all the
best for the New Year!


Prepared by: The MAP/DrugSense Family of Activists