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August 2007 Conference Call
    ACM History Committee August 2007 Conference Call

    August 23, 2007, 4-5:15 EDT

    Present:
    Bill Aspray, Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Mike Mahoney, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise.



  1. Charles Babbage Foundation

    1. We will try to send a representative to the CBF, starting at their October 21 meeting.

    2. Do we know of any activity in 2008 in the US that CBF could piggyback their next meeting off of?

    3. Mary mentioned that the next SIGDAC conference (08 or 09) will be an anniversary conference.

  2. SIG issues

    1. SGB Meeting

    2. Mary reported on the July 31 SGB meeting, which she attended as liaison and gave a 30-minute talk. There was a lot of interest in publicizing SIG history activities. Seven (!) SIGs were interested in help for an institutional history: Ada, APL, DA, KDD, PLAN, SOFT.

    3. SIG for institutional history

    4. We decided to start with one SIG, SIGDA, and then bootstrap that experience to help more in subsequent years.

      We also hope to encourage a History of X conference from a SIG analogous to SIGPLAN's History of Programming Language (HOPL) conference series.

    5. Split funding of interviews

    6. SIGs continue to step up to the plate to partially fund interviews.

  3. Publications Board

    1. Recommendations to Pubs Board

    2. Carol reported that a review retention policy is on the agenda of the Pubs Board Oct 9 face-to-face meeting.

    3. Structure for interviews "journal" in the DL

    4. Carol reported that she is serving on the DECCA committee which is considering how to restructure searching of the DL, and this topic is relevant to that effort.

    5. More comprehensive reviewing process for interview series

    6. Do we want to institute a more thorough reviewing/copyediting process for interview transcripts, which eventually appear on the web?

      The historians emphasized that the interviews are not finished pieces of work. Editing them more thoroughly could lose information.

      We decided to instead include a short disclaimer that will go on the top of every interview transcript in the DL.

  4. HC web page

  5. We discussed how to best navigate to the HC from the ACM home page.