[SIGCIS-Members] Archiving Workshop on ACM History (21-22 May 2014) ---> Call for Participation deadline 15 Jan. 2014

Thomas J. Misa tmisa at umn.edu
Wed Oct 30 13:24:01 PDT 2013

Hi all,

The ACM History Committee will be sponsoring an ARCHIVE-centered workshop at CBI during 21-22 May 2014.  It is aimed at ACM members and others in the computer-history community who are *creating* archives --- not at historians using archives to do research.  Please apply **if** you have an archiving project, paper and/or digital, that would benefit from some discussion and visibility at this workshop.

(Last year, ACM HC anticipated holding a *research* oriented workshop in 2014 . . . but this has been pushed forward a year to 2015.  ACM HC awardees from this past year can look forward, then, to an invitation to a spring/summer 2015 research workshop sponsored by ACM-HC.  There will _not_ be a research workshop in 2014.)

The Association for Computing Machinery's History Committee is sponsoring a two-day archiving workshop to help diffuse knowledge of professional archival practices into ACM's membership and others with an active interest in preserving our computer heritage. Applications are invited to a two-day archiving workshop, to be held 21-22 May 2014 at the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For each successful application, one person's expenses for workshop travel, lodging, and meals will be paid by the ACM History Committee. Project proposals are due by 15 January 2014.

Who should attend? ACM members and others who are planning or actually doing archival projects. The audience is people who are creating archives, or thinking about doing so; this workshop is not focused on researchers who are mainly using archives. The workshop should be of special interest to ACM officers and staff, SIG leaders, historically minded ACM members, and others working on computer history archiving projects. Priority will be given to ACM members and members of other national computer societies affiliated to the ACM, but sufficient places have been reserved for non-affiliated individuals who are actively engaged in preserving computer history. 

Workshop activities include: [a] presentations on basic archiving processes and principles (paper and digital), including identification, priorities, assessment, and processing; privacy and legal issues; preparation and use of finding guides; archival file formats; archival use and project goals; and preparing for public deposit; [b] hands-on individual exploration of CBI holdings, including ACM records; [c] short presentations on each attendee's archiving project/plans, with group discussion; [d] CBI archival cavern tour; [e] ample networking time, including lunches and workshop dinner. Participants will leave with a "tool kit" of practical, useful procedures as well as insight into professional archiving practices. 

Small workshop format to permit maximum hands-on character and personal interaction: 20-25 maximum attendees. 

The ACM History Committee will fund one person per accepted project (including travel, hotel, meals). Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 250-word project description that [a] explains the significance of the proposed archiving project and its importance; [b] describes the archiving project's raw materials including types of images, documents, reports, publications (including format of digital materials); and [c] affirms your willingness to make a short presentation to the workshop and participate fully in its two-day agenda. Project proposals are due by 15 January 2014. Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf-format document to history-webmaster at acm.org. Notification of project acceptance will be made within eight weeks. Questions about the workshop or requests for clarification may be directed, at any time, to history-webmaster at acm.org. 

The announcement of this call for papers is also available in pdf-format <http://history.acm.org/public/public_documents/ACM-HC_2014.pdf>.

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