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October 2009 Conference Call

History Committee Conference Call, October 28, 2009, 3:30-4:20PM Eastern Daylight Time

Participants
: Martin Campbell-Kelly, Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Tom Misa, Len Shustek, Rick Snodgrass, and David S. Wise
  1. Carol asked Brent to elaborate on the following from his report of the SGB meeting.

  2. "There is interest in finding DL venue for unpublished important old technical documents...not only need mechanism/venue in DL, but also appropriate pubs dispensation for non-conforming documents."

    in advance of the Pubs Board meeting on Friday.

    The conclusion was that the History Committee supports efforts to get historical material into the Digital Library, and that vetting of such material for relevance to ACM and history should be done by the SIG that is closest technically and by the History Committee if the decision includes historical interest.

  3. Mary announced that Rick will depart the committee on July 1, 2010. Given David's departure December 31, 2009, this will open up two slots that need to be filled soon. Mary asked the committee to start thinking about possibilities.

  4. Turing Award website

  5. ACM President Wendy Hall noted at the last SGB that there will be a Turing Centennial in 2012, and that our Turing Award website should be fully populated and in good shape by then.

    Martin mentioned that he was on the Centennial Committee, and agreed to represent the History Committee there. (Dame Hall is also on that committee, representing ACM broadly.)

    Brent suggested that among the items on each awardee web page be a list of 5-10 articles that the awardee felt were "most influential" to his or her work.

  6. SGB Presentation

  7. Brent summarized that the SIGs liked their history web pages to be highlighted. There was a discussion on pubs (see item (1) above) and on the Turing Centennial (see item (3) above).

  8. Interview Process

  9. It was noted that there is no written process and policy document for the oral histories that the History Committee or other ACM bodies commission. It was felt that such a process would be useful to the committee, to interviewers, and even to interviewees so that everyone has a shared expectation.

  10. It was confirmed that the next Face-to-Face meeting will be February 26, 2010 at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, in part to view the ACM Archive exhibit the CBI and UM Library are preparing.