February 23, 2002
A best practice session was held so that SIG leaders could gain from the experiences of the others. Leaders were encouraged to discuss both successful and unsuccessful programs.
SIGGRAPH realized that there was a perception of favoring US authors. In an attempt to improve this they set up an English language review committee. Prior to submitting to the conference, authors may submit their papers for review of grammar, style and language. Authors have found this worthwhile. SIGGRAPH has set up an easy, lightweight process. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SIGAPL conference has also been doing this on a paper by paper basis for the last 14 years. They assign a shepherd after acceptance.
SIGSOFT tried to provide this sort of support but found it was difficult to separate language issues from content. There was an expectation that style editing meant acceptance.
SIGCHI pointed leaders to: http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1996.1/isaacs.html. Where they will find a paper titled: Why Don't More Non-North-American Papers Get Accepted to CHI? By Ellen A. Isaacs and John C. Tang.
SIGCHI has a mentoring program that allows anyone to request a mentor. The PC chair matches requestor to appropriate volunteers.
SIGIR adopted a similar program bringing in senior members of the community to mentor students.
SIGMOD is going out of North America for the 1st time in 2004. The Chair and PC Chair will be from Europe, diminishing the perception that their conference is regional.
SIGAda has an e-mail list called SIGAda announce. All participants must be active dues paying members, which has encouraged people to join.
A student advocate was appointed to encourage student events during the ICS'02 conference.