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Gary PERLMAN <[log in to unmask]>
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Gary PERLMAN <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 18 Mar 1997 10:53:49 -0500
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   This Special Interest Group meeting is scheduled for
   Wednesday, March 26, 1997, 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the
   Cairo/Vancouver room.

   This document is available at:

                   ACM SIGCHI Information Infrastructure

   Gary Perlman
   SIGCHI Vice Chair for Publications
   OCLC Online Computer Library Center
   6565 Frantz Road
   Dublin, Ohio 43017 USA
   [log in to unmask]

   Keith Instone
   SIGCHI Information Director
   Computer Science Department
   Bowling Green State University
   Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 USA
   [log in to unmask]

                             Table of Contents:
     * Abstract
     * Goals for the Meeting
     * SIGCHI's Information Technology Areas
     * Application Areas
          + General Information
          + Extended Executive Committee Support
          + Publications and Conference Support
          + Technical Discussions
     * New Directions


   We describe recent improvements to the ACM SIGCHI information
   infrastructure, mainly in the SIGCHI Web site and SIGCHI use of the
   ACM LISTSERV for mailing lists and aliases, and how they have been
   applied to provide general information, support committees,
   publications and conferences, and technical discussions. We then
   describe some key areas where volunteers are needed to improve SIGCHI
   information services, particularly in the area of databases.

Goals for the Meeting

     * Inform Members of Progress: to discuss recent changes to the
       SIGCHI information infrastructure in the areas of the web site,
       mailing lists, online publications, etc.
     * Evaluate Policies: to gather feedback on the policies for
       different areas of the SIGCHI Information Infrastructure,
       particularly for new areas, such as online databases.
     * Recruit Expertise and Workers: We want to recruit people with
       time and expertise to help maintain old and realize new SIGCHI
       information offerings.

SIGCHI's Information Technology Areas

   SIGCHI has based its information infrastructure primarily on the
   World-Wide Web (e.g., the SIGCHI Web site,,
   redesigned in 1996 by Scott Robertson) and LISTSERV mailing lists and
   aliases (recently moved from Xerox PARC, where they were supported for
   years, to ACM, and described in
   SIGCHI has also utilized Web Crossings WebX for discussions (although
   it has fallen into disuse). SIGCHI has started to make use of the new
   ACM member accounts (described in

Application Areas

  General Information

   An informal news service started at the end of 1996 at, with time-critical events displayed on
   the SIGCHI home page.

  Extended Executive Committee Support

   SIGCHI is run by the Extended Executive Committee (EEC) with consists
   of the Executive Committee (EC) and the Adjunct Chairs. The people on
   these committees communicate extensively with electronic mail,
   supported now by ACM member accounts and the ACM LISTSERV (see For some SIGCHI chairs, there are
   corresponding Web pages (e.g., Publications, Conferences,
   Education, Local SIGs) and mailing lists (e.g.,
   [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
   [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask])

  Publications and Conference Support

   The SIGCHI Bulletin is in its second year of a two-year experiment to
   publish the Bulletin on the Web at
   As part of the creation of the new SIGCHI mailing lists, LISTSERV
   aliases were created for individual Bulletin editors.

   The Annual CHI Conference is publishing its proceedings on the Web for
   the third year. We are compiling access statistics for CHI'95 and
   CHI'96 and plan to track CHI 97, when it is released. CHI 97
   was the first annual SIGCHI conference to use the ACM LISTSERV; 59
   lists were created for the event, and more are planned for CHI 98.

  Technical Discussions

   SIGCHI open lists have supported announcements and discussions on many
   HCI topics. The SIGCHI Web site describes these lists under the SIGCHI
   LISTSERV Web page
     * Help Form for Open Lists at
     * Instructions for SIGCHI List Owners at

New Directions

   We several areas where SIGCHI's information infrastructure can be
   improved and/or better used. These relate back to the SIGCHI EC's
   goals for SIGCHI to be a focal point of HCI in the world and the
   heart of SIGCHI members' professional network. (See SIGCHI
   Bulletin, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1996.)
     * Use of Web and LISTSERV by Vice / Adjunct Chairs. Although there
       are Vice Chairs and Adjunct Chairs (see using the Web and/or LISTSERV
       mailing lists, some chairs have not yet made use of these
       facilities. There are opportunities for volunteers to assist
       chairs (or even hold a chair) to provide more information to
     * Databases for Members. Little progress has been made on efforts
       to create a consultants directory, a job bank, or a member
       directory (which should build on the ACM accounts at
     * Indexes to HCI Information. There is an opportunity for some
       industrious volunteers to merge the existing indexes of HCI
       material on the Web (e.g., HCI-VL, HCI Index, HCI
       Resources) at the SIGCHI Web site.
     * HCI Bibliographic Services. The HCI Bibliography is going to
       be supported by ACM SIGCHI, creating new opportunities for
       volunteers to provide the HCI community with improved and new
     * Graphic Design and Usability of SIGCHI Services. There is a
       constant need for volunteer expertise in these areas.