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Humanist Archives: Oct. 21, 2019, 6:45 a.m. Humanist 33.331 - resources: operations research; human-computer interaction

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 331.
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    [1]    From: Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber 
           Subject: Developing Countries - Resources online - IFORS --- with newest contributions (39)

    [2]    From: Jonathan Grudin 
           Subject: ACM human-computer interaction history effort (56)

        Date: 2019-10-20 06:06:54+00:00
        From: Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber 
        Subject: Developing Countries - Resources online - IFORS --- with newest contributions

Operations Research (OR) for Development

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of the IFORS Developing Countries Online Resources page is to
offer the OR worker all publicly-available materials on the topic of OR
for Development. It also aims to provide a venue for people who are
working in the area to share their completed or in-process work, learn
from others, and stimulate comments and discussions on the work.
Regarding IFORS Developing Countries OR resources website, its regular
updates - and your possible submission of "free" (not copyright
protected) material, you might occasionally visit

"Operational Research" (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced
analytical methods to help make better decisions. By using techniques
such as problem structuring methods and mathematical modelling to
analyze complex situations, Operational Research gives executives the
power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems.

The International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS;
http://ifors.org/) is an almost 60-year old organization which is
currently composed of 51 national societies. Regional Groups of IFORS
are: ALIO (The Latin American Ibero Association on Operations Research),
APORS (The Association of Asian-Pacific Operational Research Societies),
EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies), NORAM
(The Association of North American Operations Research Societies). IFORS
conferences are taking place every three years. IFORS 2020 will be
celebrated in Seoul, South Korea (http://www.ifors2020.kr/).

Thank you very much for your attention.

With kind regards,
best wishes,
Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber

PS: Feedback is welcome via gerhard.weber@put.poznan.pl.

        Date: 2019-10-19 04:53:35+00:00
        From: Jonathan Grudin 
        Subject: ACM human-computer interaction history effort

Hello all,

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction has just
initiated an effort to foster historical research by collecting
materials that students, historians, and others can freely access. With
no historians, taxonomists, data repository experts as yet attached to
the project, there is ample opportunity to participate and lead parts of
the project.

There are three principal efforts.

  1. Digitize paper and video material from the past. This is underway.
     Brad Myers of CMU is working on paper, Catherine Plaisant of UMD on

  2. Collect oral histories of people who were involved in HCI in
     different times and regions. People with experience conducting oral
     histories would be welcome as advisors or participate. Limited
     funding to cover some costs or to conduct an initial model oral
     history is possible. Ron Baecker (University of Toronto Emeritus,
     Visiting Professor at Columbia University) is on point for this.

  3. Design and build a searchable repository with links to existing
     digital material that describes, analyzes, or synthesizes aspects of
     HCI's past.

Links not to primary source material but to material that takes a
perspective on the past: Sites with anniversary commemoration meeting
videos or transcripts, articles that consider an aspect of HCI history,
and so on. The repository could include relevant non-digital museum
archives and books with brief synopses.

Finding help for (3), designing a flexible system to handle the storage
and retrieval of information, the right tags and indices, is the task of
Loren Terveen of University of Minnesota and me. A known difficult
problem, with different terms used for the same thing at one time or at
different times, the same word used for different things at one time or
different times, some events occurring on a specific date, others over a
stretch of time, some elements are parts of different wholes, and so on.
Guidance on this would be great and active participation or leadership

A starter set of essays, articles, and books can be pulled together, but
planning will be needed to collect links to materials from different
fields, times, regions and languages.

We can reached at sigchi-history@acm.org.


Jonathan Grudin
Principal Researcher, Microsoft
Affiliate Professor, Information School, University of Washington
Website: jonathangrudin.com

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