October 2008 Conference Call
History Committee Conference Call, October 16, 2008, 4:00-5:25 PM Eastern Time
Participants: Bill Aspray, Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise
- New member Brent Hailpern
We welcomed long-time ACM volunteer Brent Hailpern to the History Committee
as the official SGB liaison. Brent will represent the SGB on the HC, will
also attend SGB meetings to understand their needs and report to them on HC
activities, will interact with the SGs on their history activities, and will
maintain the SIG page on the HC web site.
- Report on Pubs Board meeting
David and Mary attended the Pubs Board in-person meeting at ACM HQ on Tuesday,
October 14. They also met with many staff that afternoon.
Review of any hung-up action items.
- Preserving reviews within Manuscript Central
There were strong concerns raised. One was whether this will change the relationship
between the ACM and its reviewers, who might be concerned with privacy. Another
was that pubs board members just didn't see why retaining reviews would be useful.
Wayne Graves, the ACM IT director, will extract reviews once a year into the ACM
Digital Archive, for later discussion on how to manage access.
- Turing Award papers
Objections of making all public access came from EC.
David proposed that curator would cull papers to those of historical interest,
which would then be opened to public access. Those Turing Awardees for which
there was no curator would still have all their papers given public access.
- Adding material to the DL
- classic books: Out of 25, permission was received to mount 12. That is on-going.
- AFIPS: all scanned pages are now in house. The indexing will complete in about six
This was great news!
- ACM Membernet
While this is now an electronic publication, before it was a print publication.
There was a vague concern from the pubs board about what is worth saving.
- Various reports, like the one on outsourcing, will be added to the DL.
- Conference front and back material: it seems that meta data from conferences
(e.g., acceptance rates) is being collected from conferences, and that some
conferences had the front and back pages from their proceedings, but the overall
policy is unclear.
- Journal jumpoff page
The DL Workshop report which was given at PubsBd (and in which Brent's
son participated) has positive implications for our committee,
especially regarding the need for a consistent "journal view" with
This was postponed to the November CC.
Scheduling spring face-to-face meeting