Y2K Global Status Watch o^o Are you going to be online to watch the rollover around the world?

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This looks like a good site to bookmark for the rollover.

Are you going to be online to watch the rollover around the world?

 International Y2K Cooperation Center

International Y2K Cooperation Center

Y2K Global Status Watch

The International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC) has established a real-time, Y2K Global Status Watch (YGSW) for use with national governments at the date rollover.

The purposes of the YGSW are:

  1. to provide governments, companies, and the public with accurate information about the infrastructure status of countries,
  2. to provide the press with a comprehensive source of status information which will provide context for any specific failures they observe, thus helping to maintain public confidence,
  3. to reduce the number of inquiries national governments receive from the international community.
Data Receiving

As the rollover occurs, and over the next several days, national coordinators (or their authorized representative) will log in to the YGSW input web site with a unique user ID and password.

The coordinator will enter sector status information on a single web page. The reporting template, introduced at the June UN conference and now slightly modified, will be the standard used (please see it enclosed). This report will indicate the current status for each critical sector. Coordinators would select one of three levels of capacity: green means normally expected capacity, amber/yellow means reduced capacity or service when compared with normal levels, and red means significantly reduced capacity or service when compared with normal levels. The Coordinator will also be able to choose whether the problem is y2k, not y2k or unknown, and whether the reduction was pre-planned (e.g. port closed or greater spacing of air flights).

A "remarks" field will let countries add substantial detail on capacity loss, actions being taken, expected time of resolution, etc. Up to two pages of text per sector will be accepted.

After the coordinator is satisfied and clicks the "submit" button, the data is posted. The input server sends a page back to the coordinator displaying the data submitted and confirming receipt.

This completed report page can also be saved by coordinators to their local computer as an HTML file for posting to the country's national Y2K web page. For saving and managing purposes, the YGSW's web pages are simple and small, but visually appealing. It is estimated at 5K bytes per page.

Coordinators may update their reports as often as desired. When the coordinator logs in, the country's previous submission will appear and the coordinator can modify it.

For countries unable to log in to the YGSW, they may provide information via e-mail, fax, or phone.

Public Information

The YGSW will maintain publicly accessible, global status web pages (please consult the slide presentation). This public web page will receive information from the input database on a periodic basis (e.g., every half hour). National Coordinators can access this public output web page to view a global status chart that will show all countries that have reported their status, and the time (in local hours and GMT) that the information was submitted. During the first 24 hours, countries that have not yet rolled over will be listed separately in gray. Countries that have rolled over but have not reported will be shown in white.

Details of each country's individual report may be viewed by clicking on the country name from the global status chart. Each country's individual report will also show the URL of the country's national Y2K web page, for additional information. All previous reports submitted by a country will also be viewable.

There are no plans for extensive advertising of this public site. We expect news organizations, as well as other international and domestic sites, may refer to us, but they will probably be advertising their own sites.


We expect the YGSW to be operating full time (24 x 7) starting 28 December and continuing into January as long as needed.

Technical Information

The YGSW would use AT&T web hosting services at two, US-based, host sites, both equipped with two servers. The network hosting centers are well managed and include extensive network and physical security systems. At each center, one server will take input from national coordinators and one server will host the public web site showing the output. This separation is for security purposes. The network load will be distributed evenly between hosts. As they have replicated databases, one center can assume the role of the other in the event of failure.

We are exploring the possibility of mirroring this public web site only. This may be a viable option for load balancing if key regions, such as Europe and Asia were to direct their public to the mirrored site.

The IY2KCC is taking a number of measures to address security, data integrity, and availability issues of the YGSW. Additional information may be provided upon request. Of course, we are taking every step to ensure our hardware and software is Y2K compliant.

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 08, 1999


To answer my own question

As the west coast of **North America** is going to be one of last areas around the world to experiance the rollover I will be watching.

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 08, 1999.

So many places are going to be fully staffed on 12/28 that I wonder what thats going to be like, I mean thats 4 days before the rollover, thats alot of time to twiddle thumbs. Unless of course they know something we dont know.

-- hamster (hamster@mycage.com), December 08, 1999.

"Are you going to be online to watch the rollover around the world?"


From California, Same time zone as Brian.



-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), December 08, 1999.

Hi Diane,

Same time zone, just a few miles North... :-)


Thanx for the links :-) This is semi-realtime....




I'll watch the lights and hanging out here :-) Have a happy....

-- CT (ct@no.yr), December 08, 1999.

I will be online for the entire 24 hours from 4 am on the 31st. After all this waiting, I do not intend to miss a thing. In fact, I will likely sleep very little that week, watching for the chem and nuke accidents around the world among all else. Even if the first week goes relatively well, I will not quit holding my breath until at least the end of Jan., maybe Mar.

I intend to watch the web cams and reports on the Year 2000 site. I have signed up and will be posting reports from my location near San Diego.

I am both deeply dreading and looking forward to that week so we can finally get some answers, and I am hoping to be able to cross off the embedded chips problem from my list of worries. I know this is only the beginning, but the chips seem especially dangerous. I will feel lucky to get off with a depression.

Hope to see you all here and many of the people who left the forum earlier.

-- Lora (artemis45@hotmail.com), December 08, 1999.

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