September 2005 Conference Call
September 20, 2005 4-5:15 EDT
Present: Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Mike Mahoney, Rosemary McGuinness,
Joe November, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise
Indented prose is what was discussed; non-indented prose is from the
- Schedule for this year: (David)
The budget cycle begins November/December; we should have a budget
ready by the end of the year for Fiscal 2007, starting July 2006.
Beth's work on going through HQ material should start very soon.
Our next Face-to-Face meeting will be at the Computer History
in either December or January.
- Access to reviews in ManuscriptCentral (Carol)
Carol is taking a draft policy to the Pubs Board on what material
should be retained (everything) and a process for vetting
A suggestion was made to look at our sister sciences. (For
the physicists (APS) could in the end not agree on a policy.
Our hope is that cooperation between the Pubs Board and the
Committee will yield a better result.)
- Interactions with the CHM and its Sloan Industry History Project (Rick)
Rick had previously sent a summary email.
The Committee decided to advance on looking into SIGs using
the CHM software.
The Committee decided that Luanne's plan concerning using
their system for feedback on ACM sounded good.
- SGB (Mary and Mike)
Mary and Mike summarized their experience in Newark on August 13.
Joe will put their presentation online. It seemed to go well.
Several SIG chairs mentioned that they want to do their own
interviews, because they didn't have the funds to pay professional
historians. The chairs would appreciate guidance on how to do
There was less interest in how to run a HOPL-type conference.
- HOPL III (Mary, Mike)
Mike was at a PC meeting in Newark last week. Mike gave a talk
on "What Makes History?". Drafts of 19 language histories were
- History Committee Web Site (Joe)
The official URL for the committee is now
The old site (http://www.acm.org/about_acm/acm_history/) still
exists; Joe is reticent to delete that site until he is sure
that he has copied everything of value into the new site.
All committee members were encouraged to provide comments and
content to Joe.
- CACM special issue
David is serving as Editor for this special issue, which
is scheduled for a May 2007 issue date.
We brainstormed on possible content.
- Special issue editorial board will invite articles.
- A call for papers will also be issued, but most papers will
- A retrospective of HOPL I and II is a possibility.
- Perhaps a few SIGs can tell their story.
- Interviewers may want to write their own historical analysis
using (among other things) the transcript of their commissioned
interview (e.g., Tom's interview of Charles Bachman).