October 14, 2000
SIGCHI is having an image analysis done by the Institute of Design in Chicago. Members will be interviewed via focus groups. This is a graduate student project. The end result will be a report to indicate what the SIG is doing to meet their goals and service their community. Part of the issue is actually defining the community.
SIGPLAN had a program committee for the current year and year end-10 to select the best paper from 10 years ago. Gives wisdom and insight.
SIGCOMM pulled together all winners of the SIGCOMM award for a panel session. It was so popular that they are going to take a subset of student paper award winners and do the same.
SIGCOMM and SIGDA are giving new members access to the ACM DL. It is being offered to the SIG at ½ price. Will allow students the ability to tap into ACM's most valuable resource.
SIGAPL has granted all current and past winners of their annual award a lifetime SIG membership.
SIGCOMM is making an effort to nominate their award winners to become ACM Fellows.
SIGGRAPH is trying to promote organizational identity. Values of excellence and integrity are supported through membership. There are member only lines at the conference and member badges. They are raising the awareness of their organization.
SIGKDD and SIGMOD have added checkboxes to their conference registration forms allowing attendees to join the SIGs. SIGCHI has developed a SIGCHI Fellow program already approved through the ACM Awards Committee.
SIGIR holds its main conference outside of North America every other year. During those years the conference moves from sponsorship to cooperation so there's no loss or gain for the SIG. This year there were long delays in the payment of program committee support. This posed a problem for SIGIR's image. Participants didn't realize SIGIRs non-financial commitment so when the bills were not getting paid, the attendees went to SIGIR. The leaders of SIGIR were prepared to make good on the promised reimbursements. The payments worked out in the end.