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August 2009 Conference Call

History Committee Conference Call, August 25, 2009, 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time

Participants
: Martin Campbell-Kelly, Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Tom Misa, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise
  1. Mary welcomed eminent computer historian Martin Campbell-Kelly to the History Committee. Martin was calling from Coventry UK, where it was late evening.

  2. Mary summarized activity over the summer.

    • The HC made two awards for travel fellowships,and Mary worked through all the details on those.

    • David made progress on the Turing Award website (more below)

    • Mary worked on some interview issues with ACM.

    • There was a meeting with the Supercomputing conference (more below).


  3. Turing Award website

  4. Dave reported on a face-to-face meeting with the Awards Committee, in which he asked for cooperation with the HC on this website.

    The Awards Committee will help appoint the Editor and is comfortable with the History Committee handling operational and policy matters of the Turing Award website.

    We briefly discussed qualifications and agreed that someone who has experience being editor of a technical journal would be best.

    We'll prepare a draft call for nominations.

  5. Pubs Staff help with the Turing Award and Interviews

  6. We tabled discussion of the Turing Award tasks until an editor is appointed.

    Carole reported that Bernie is now doing the job of two, with Mark's retirement.

    We'll work on a style file for ACM interviews.

  7. Supercomputing artifacts

  8. There was a meeting between Donna Cappo (ACM SIG director) and Len, Brent, and people from the Supercomputing conference about where to archive hardware and paper documents related to the artifacts that had been displayed at a past conference. There have been follow-on conversations with the Computer History Museum.

    We'll prepare a call for identified donations.

  9. Timeline

  10. Brent reported that he has worked with ACM HQ to create a SIG timeline wiki, at http://historywiki.acm.org/sigs/Main_Page. SIGOPS is substantially finished and SIGPLAN and SIGSOFT are working on theirs.

    When those initial ones are finished, Brent will open it to all the SIGS.

  11. Webmaster

  12. Matt will be retiring soon as HC webmaster. Unless new major tasks are identified, 50 hours a semester should be fine for his successor. It would be good if they overlapped a month or so.

    We'll proceed with hiring a new HC webmaster.

  13. Face-to-face meeting

  14. It was agreed that it should occur between January and early April, with February ideal.

    One possibility is at the Charles Babbage Institute in conjunction with the ACM Archive physical exhibit, which is scheduled for January 11 through March 5, 2010.