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April 2009 Conference Call

History Committee Conference Call, April 30, 2009, 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time

Participants
: Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Tom Misa, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise. Matt Cleveland, webmaster, also participated.
  1. Status of travel fellowship and plans for making award

  2. As of the conference call, Matt had received three applications.

    We decided that the entire committee would read all applications, then decide who (one or two) to award fellowships to, at the next meeting.

  3. Updates from SGB meeting and follow up

  4. Brent reported a lot of interest in history activities. Brent has updated the History Committee SGB web page. For example SIGOPS has a nice chronology. We will discuss whether this is something we want other SIGs to emulate.

    It was noted that there is no good history of the Turing Award. Such a history would be helpful for the Turing Award web site.

    Arvid Nelsen, CBI archivist, is interested in paper archives of SIGs.

    There was less interest in the experiment of loading SIG conference web sites into the ACM digital archive. Brent will follow up on that.

  5. Updates on interviews

  6. Rick gave a short summary. As there are a good number of interviews underway, it seemed that we should wait before commissioning any new interviews.

  7. Turing Award website and editorship

  8. David received a list of past chairs (1984-2004) from Rosemary.

    Concerning identifying a Turing Award Curator-in-Chief, it was felt that it would be much better to have buyin from the Awards Committee.

    It was felt that perhaps we should first get a history of a nascent award and then try for a history of the Turing Award.

  9. Next meeting

  10. Mary thought that it would be better to also delay the next meeting. She sent out email asking for open Thursdays.