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: http://www.acm.org/~perlman/infosig.html 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 _________________________________________________________________ Abstract 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, www.acm.org/sigchi/, 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 www.acm.org/sigchi/listserv/). 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 www.acm.org/account/). _________________________________________________________________ Application Areas General Information An informal news service started at the end of 1996 at www.acm.org/sigchi/news/, 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 www.acm.org/sigchi/officers/). 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 www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/. 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 www.acm.org/sigchi/listserv/: * Help Form for Open Lists at www.acm.org/sigchi/listserv/request.html * Instructions for SIGCHI List Owners at www.acm.org/sigchi/listserv/listown/ _________________________________________________________________ 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 www.acm.org/sigchi/officers) 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 members. * 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 www.acm.org/account/). * 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 services. * Graphic Design and Usability of SIGCHI Services. There is a constant need for volunteer expertise in these areas.