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October 2006 Conference Call
    ACM History Committee October 2006 Conference Call

    October 12, 2006 4-5:00 EDT

    Present: Bill Aspray, Carol Hutchins, Mary Hall, Rosemary McGuinness (filling in for Pat), Joe November, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise.



  1. Status
    1. Bill reported that the Ralston interview has been finished (this was split between SIAM and ACM).

    2. He also mentioned that the SIAM project is just finished and was a big success, with 20-30 interviews and a series of articles in SIAM News.

    3. David said that the CACM special section is going fine. It will appear in the April or May 2007 issue.

    4. David said that the Turing Award web site is now being managed by the Pubs Board and pubs staff, directed by Mark. The Pubs Board has commented on the initial site and Mark has a list of changes to make.

      The next step is to gather more content, utilizing the SIGs.

    5. Joe said that the structure of the web site is in place and that he would continue to make small changes until a replacement web master was identified.

    6. Len mentioned that the CHM oral history website was now up, that the Harry Huskey transcript will appear there soon and that he was editing the Backus transcript.

    7. We agreed on the following policy concerning sensitive material contained in an interview.

      POLICY:
        A transcript of an interview may be published if (a) the person being interviewed is comfortable to publish the interview (indicated by signing the copyright transfer form and (b) there is not a risk to the organization (ACM) in publishing the interview.

      It was emphasized that archivists prefer not to have any restrictions on release of material, such as an escrow requirement.

    8. Mary reported that she met during the summer with the SIGPLAN Executive Committee, who just confirmed that SIGPLAN will split the costs of interviews with ACM President Adele Goldberg and Turing Award winners John McCarthy and Tony Hoare. This represents a $7500 commitment. SIGPLAN also agreed to pay for transcribing the Griswold interviews held at the NMAH.

    9. Rosemary said that the HQ move went smoothly and that the new digs are "beautiful!". The recently revised retention guidelines were useful during this move, allowing some material of no historical interest to be discarded.

  2. Interviewers and Interviewees

  3. We discussed possible interviewers for Adele, John, and Tony. Next on the agenda is identifying other people to interview as well as deciding on a general policy for choosing such subjects.