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December 2005 Conference Call
    ACM History Committee December 2005 Conference Call

    December 14, 2005 4:00-5:15 PM EST

    Present: Mary Hall, Mike Mahoney, Rosemary McGuinness, Joe November, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise.



  1. Status on open items

    1. Web site

      Joe November, History Committee webmaster, reported that the web site is scheduled to be released to the public in early spring 2006.

    2. Budget
    3. We will finalize the budget in our January in-person meeting.

    4. CACM special issue

      A Call for Papers will be sent to the IEEE Annals and to CACM.

    5. Legal documents for oral histories

      The copyright transfer statement is nearing completion and will be distributed soon.

    6. Beth Kaplan's visit

      Beth Kaplan and her associate Carrie Seib (Acting Archivist for the Charles Babbage Institute) visited ACM headquarters for four days last week, going through all the files as well as 85 (!) boxes from storage, and interviewing the various directors. Beth is now writing her report.

  2. Next in-person meeting

    The meeting will be 8:30-5 on Friday, January 27, 2006 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

  3. Turing Award website

    1. Disposition of physical files

      Various previous and current ACM chairs have physical files that they are wondering what to do with. The History Committee should develop a draft retention policy in cooperation with the pubs board, awards board, etc. While potentially all of ACM should be involved, it is natural that the History Committee take the lead on this.

    2. Duties of Turing Editor

      We decided that these duties do not include graphic arts or website design. There are at least two ways to handle this. One, there is an ongoing project within ACM to redesign its web site; perhaps the Turing site could leverage those efforts. Secondly, it might be possible to allocate some funds to outsource a Turing site web design.