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January 2009 Conference Call

History Committee Conference Call, January 15, 2009, 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time

Participants
: Bill Aspray, Matt Cleveland, Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Tom Misa, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise
  1. Agenda for the Face-to-Face meeting in February the the CHM

  2. After discussion, we decided that David and Rick would report on their goals in forming the HC for 15 minutes and then Mary would report briefly on her view of the state of the committee.

    We need to discuss the budget for this fiscal year, a little more than half over. (The proposed budget for next year needs to be finalized before this meeting.)

    SIG interactions should get 30 minutes and Pubs Board interactions perhaps 20 minutes.

    The technology plans should be discussed by Rick, including scraping the ACM website, SIG websites, the HC web toolkit.

    We should discuss outreach to CHM, CBI, etc.

    We should discuss our strategy for interviews.

    Tom suggested discussing travel grants, perhaps focusing on ACM History.

    We also discussed a possible award program. There exists a SHOT award for the best book in the history of computing.

    Perhaps start a fixed-term prize, say for 3-5 years, at $500 per year, funded out of our annual budget.

    Mary will propose a F2F agenda.

  3. FAQ list and plans for completion

  4. This was deferred to the F2F meeting.

  5. Interviews

  6. Deferred to the March conference call.

  7. SIG Update

  8. Deferred to the F2F meeting.

  9. Website status

  10. Matt announced that 90% of the council minutes had been converted to XML. When all are done, these minutes would then be imported into the database via a program he wrote. He would then fix up any glitches.

    The next step is to scan through them and extract the policies. He expected some of that could be done by the F2F meeting.

    David said that he would bring the hardcopy policies to that meeting, to compare.

    Brent announced that Ron Cytron of Washington University would curate the Fran Allen Turing Award page.