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.
- Bill reported that the Ralston interview has been finished (this was
split between SIAM and ACM).
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
- David said that the CACM special section is going fine. It will appear
in the April or May 2007 issue.
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
The next step is to gather more content, utilizing the SIGs.
- 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.
- 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.
We agreed on the following policy concerning sensitive material
contained in an interview.
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.
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.
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.
Interviewers and Interviewees
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.