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
- Mary welcomed eminent computer historian Martin Campbell-Kelly to the
History Committee. Martin was calling from Coventry UK, where it was late evening.
- 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).
Turing Award website
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
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.
Pubs Staff help with the Turing Award and Interviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.