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Conference Call Meeting of the SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) Monday, October 27, 1997

Summary of the SIGCHI EC Conference Call Meeting Monday, October 27, 1997

Conference Call Meeting of the SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) Monday, October 27, 1997


Elected Officers

Chair (non-voting), Mike Atwood
Past Chair, Jim Miller
VC for Conferences, Gerrit van der Veer
VC for Publications, Dan Olsen, Jr.
VC for Operations, Bob Mack
VC for Finance, Jean Scholtz
VC for Communications, Cathleen Wharton (minutes)


Advisory Board (1 vote) John Karat, Allison Druin, Richard Anderson


Bulletin Editor, Steven Pemberton
Program Director, David Riederman
Adjunct-chair for Public Relations, Rosemary Wick Stevens
Information Director, Keith Instone

(These minutes were created on December 30, 1997, and approved by a vote of 7-0-1 on 9 February 1998.)

CMC Update -- Draft Video Policy

Gerrit van der Veer presented the Conference Management Committee's (CMC) position on the role that video plays at both the CHI conference and as a presentation format in other venues. The purpose of the proposal is to help raise the stature of videos as a medium for the presentation of both scholarly and practical efforts. To meet this goal the CMC would like to see video presentations considered along one of three dimensions: (1) video figures, which are reviewed and referred, (2) video papers, which are referred works that are primarily in video format, and (3) video demonstrations, which are used to demonstrate systems, interaction designs, and techniques, and user evaluations.

The SIGCHI EC discussed this proposal at length, particularly the scholarly, logistical, and financial implications of the proposal. A great deal of the discussion focused on how this proposal might be implemented (as an experiment) for CHI 99 and what the cost would be to cover the proposal through a conference fee increase or potential SIGCHI EC budget item.

After much discussion the SIGCHI EC passed a resolution (7-0-0) to adopt the video policy for purposes of experimenting for CHI 99 with community discussion for how to handle reviews, etc. There are three concerns that need to be worked out in detail: (1) copyright, (2) budget, and (3) the stature of video tapes. These concerns and the budget issue will be further discussed and resolved at the December meeting.

Task Forces

Allison Druin updated the SIGCHI EC with the list of volunteers for each task force. Seven task forces have been identified to date. Decisions about the role that these task forces will play and how they will be funded will be made at subsequent meetings. The seven task forces and their new members are as follows:

  1. International (structure already exists) Additional Member: Cathleen Wharton.
  2. HCI Education (structure already exists) -- Additional Members: Cathleen Wharton, Bob Mack.
  3. Domain Issues in HCI -- Leaders: Allison Druin, Rosemary Wick Stevens; Members: Bob Mack, Guy Boy.
  4. Industry Issues -- Leader: Bob Mack; Members: Cathleen Wharton, Jim Miller.
  5. University Issues -- Volunteers yet to be identified.
  6. Government Agency Issues -- Leader: Jean Scholtz; Additional volunteers yet to be identified.
  7. Membership Outreach -- Leaders: Cathleen Wharton, Rosemary Wick Stevens; Members: Allison Druin, Mike Atwood.

Allison has also graciously prepared budget proposals for the new task force teams for consideration at the December meeting.

Working Group Status Reports

The three SIGCHI EC working groups, as formed at the August 1997 meeting, shared with the rest of the EC their progress. The three working groups are the (1) World-wide Issues Team (Guy Boy, Richard Anderson, Steven Pemberton, and Cathleen Wharton), (2) Membership and Volunteerism Team (Allison Druin, Rosemary Wick Stevens, David Riederman, and Jean Scholtz), and the (3) Conferences Team (Gerrit van der Veer, John Karat, Mike Atwood, and Bob Mack).

At this meeting we discussed in detail the work of Conferences Working Group. Gerrit van der Veer presented the report for his team during the call. Some of the key plans put forth by this working group are highlighted below. The overarching goal of this team is to advance HCI in the world through the facilitation of conferences and information dissemination to promote HCI on a continual basis.

There are four key concerns that this Working Group is focusing on. The first is to better understand and profile the expertise and interests of the membership. The second is to further develop a plan for advertising SIGCHI to other organizations. The third is investigate how Local SIGs might like to be involved in conference planning activities. The fourth and final item is to better reach and collaborate where possible with practitioners through national societies.

We will continue to discuss this team's efforts and our other teams' efforts in subsequent SIGCHI EC meetings.

Local SIGs

Richard Anderson announced that as of today we have 29 Local SIGs around the world; additional chapters are being considered but have not yet reached the stage of advertising their existence. The two newest additions to the list of chapters officially chartered by ACM: (1) BulSIGCHI, the chapter in Bulgaria; (2) CHI2 (i.e., CHI-Squared), the Chicago chapter. The newest addition to the list of nonchartered chapters: TwinCHI, a chapter beginning development in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Chapters expected to be officially chartered soon include SwissCHI, K-C CHI, and CHI-Atlanta. The SIGCHI EC is encouraged to visit the SIGCHI Local SIGs Web Site and to read the SIGCHI Bulletin column on Local SIGs to begin to develop a better understanding of Local SIGs and their needs.

Interactions Magazine and the SIGCHI Bulletin

Steven Pemberton will be the next editor of the Interactions Magazine. Accordingly, it will be necessary to find a new editor for the SIGCHI Bulletin. More information about the search for the new editor will follow at a later date.

Reduced Membership Costs for the Economically Disadvantaged Countries

John Karat, Richard Anderson, Mike Atwood, and Steven Pemberton are looking into ways that we might better serve economically disadvantaged countries through reduced membership costs. John will talk more with ACM about relevant policies and report back to us. At this time only India, China, and certain countries in Eastern and Central Europe can take advantage of relevant ACM discounts.


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