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January 2010 Conference Call

History Committee Conference Call, January 6, 2010, 3:00-4:00PM Eastern Standard Time

Participants
: Martin Campbell-Kelly, Brent Hailpern, Mary Hall, Carol Hutchins, Tom Misa, Len Shustek, and Rick Snodgrass
  1. The next Face-to-Face meeting will be Friday February 26, 2010 at the CBI.

  2. We'll start with a dinner Thursday evening, have a working lunch on Friday, visit the ACM Archive exhibit at 3pm, and end in time for people to get back home Friday night.

  3. The proposed interview policy and procedure (guidelines.txt, InterviewPolicy.doc, and TranscriptTemplate.doc) were approved.

  4. Mark Scott Jonson was appointed by Mary as Turing Award website Curator-in-Chief.

  5. We'll schedule a detailed discussion of the website and future plans for the f2f meeting and invite Mark Scott.

  6. There are 13 interviews in flight, most nearing completion.

  7. We have a policy that if the interviewee has the transcript for more than six months, ACM has the option of posting the transcript edited by just the interviewer.

    We discussed a few delayed interviews. Most are going smoothly, with perhaps a dozen to appear in the ACM DL in the next few months.

    The broader context will be discussed at the f2f meeting.

  8. The Top Secret Rosies project was discussed by the committee via email after the previous conference call and it was decided not to pursue.

  9. Tom talked with David Ashenhurst about his father's materials. The two continue to discuss the best place to archive those materials. The HC's interest is in preserving the ACM-relevant materials.

  10. There will be a SIGBoard meeting March 8 in Chicago. We'll discuss at the f2f meeting how to involve the SIGs.

  11. Possible additional topics for the f2f meeting.

    • SIG and ACM Board data retention: how to encourage documenting the current state on the web and then maintaining that state, thereby creating an historical record, and possibly later back-filling.

    • Council archive.

    • Fellowship and PR to historians to encourage ACM institutional history.

    • Identifying three or four important/central themes, moments, aspects, or topics, bounded yet meaningful, to encourage work on.

    • Have an hour with CBI staff, to discuss topics of mutual interest, such as how to involve SIGs and where to go next with the ACM Archive.

    • Travel fellowships.

    • HC Webmaster: who and what to do

    • Review the FAQ on the web site