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
- Carol asked Brent to elaborate on the following from his report of the SGB meeting.
"There is interest in finding DL venue for unpublished important old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.
- 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.
- Turing Award website
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.
- SGB Presentation
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).
- Interview Process
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.
- 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.