A new SIGDOC website!

Not yet officially launched and still in the process of being tested and updated, but the bulk of the content of the current site has been moved to the new space- you can see it here: http://sigdoc.acm.org/.

Please bookmark this new URL and feel free to provide input to our webmaster, Jen Riehle: jen_riehle@ncsu.edu

A history of SIGDOC

Looking for a comprehensive history of SIGDOC?

In the 2011 conference proceedings, see Brad Mehlenbacher’s paper, “The evolution of communication design: A brief history of the ACM SIGDOC.” The paper is available in the ACM Digital Library at,  http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2038476.2038524&coll=DL&dl=GUIDE&CFID=94443631&CFTOKEN=40411904.

All SIGDOC newsletters are available in the ACM DL


Resources page for SIGDOC conference chairs

The SIGDOC conferences page (http://www.sigdoc.org/conference/) includes a link to a page that provides information and links to resources for conference chairs: http://www.sigdoc.org/conference/resources.html

Please check it out and provide feedback. We hope that both former chairs, future ones, and any interested member will find this page helpful and let us know what updates, such as links to additional information, are needed.

Survey on data resources for knowledge retrieval


Innovators and implementors

Relevant to SIGDOC and ACM discussions on theory and practice, innovation and implementation is the following article,


Top Learning Tools of 2011

As defined by the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies


The 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools, was finalized on 13 November 2011. This year’s list was compiled from the Top 10 Tools lists of 531 learning professionals worldwide – from education, training and workplace learning.

Top 30:

  1. Twitter – micro-sharing site
  2. YouTube – video-sharing tool
  3. Google Docs – collaboration suite (incl Google Forms)
  4. Skype – instant messaging/VoIP tool
  5. WordPress – blogging tool
  6. Dropbox – file synching software
  7. Prezi – presentation software
  8. Moodle – course management system
  9. Slideshare – presentation sharing site
  10. (Edu)Glogster – interactive poster tool
  11. Wikipedia – collaborative encyclopaedia
  12. Blogger/Blogspot – blogging tool
  13. diigo – social annotation tool
  14. Facebook – social network
  15. Google Search – search engine
  16. Google Reader – RSS reader
  17. Evernote – note-taking tool
  18. Jing – screen capture tool
  19. PowerPoint – presentation software
  20. Gmail – web-based email service
  21. LinkedIn – prof social network
  22. Edmodo – edu social networking site
  23. Wikispaces – wiki tool
  24. Delicious – social bookmarking tool
  25. Voicethread – collaborative slideshows
  26. Google+ – social network
  27. Animoto – videos from images
  28. Camtasia- screencasting tool
  29. Audacity  – sound editor/recorder
  30. TED Talks – inspirational videos


In a recent issue (Sept/Oct 2011) of Intercom is a column by Andrea Ames and Alyson Riley on multimedia in information architecture. http://intercom.stc.org/

Intercom is the monthly publication of the Society for Technical Communication.




TED sixth sense technology


TED Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”


SIGDOC on Wikipedia


SIGDOC Europe Chapter



The WritersUA Web site offers original, free articles, surveys, and resource listings:


WinWriters Information and Events


Content Wrangler

The Content Wrangler Newsletter: http://www.thecontentwrangler.com/


Don Norman’s jnd website


Essays: http://www.jnd.org/dn.pubs.html

Design as Communication – http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/design_as_comun.html

ACM SIGDOC: Book List from Brad

Here are books written by some names you might recognize and colleagues I have met and had the pleasure of working with over the years through ACM SIGDOC, reminding me that it’s a fantastic organization in many respects.

  • Michael Alber’s (2010) “Usability of complex information”
  • Carol M. Barnum’s (2010) “Usability testing essentials”
  • Brad Mehlenbacher’s (2010) “Instruction and technology: Designs for everyday learning” (for the kids!)
  • Carolyn R. Miller and Stuart A. Selber’s (2010) co-edited “Rhetorics and technologies”
  • Donald Norman’s (2010) “Living with complexity”
  • Ray Siemen’s (2008) co-authored “A companion to digital humanities”
  • Clay Spinuzzi’s (2008) “Network”
  • Jason Swart’s (2007) “Together with technology”
  • J. R. Talburt’s (2010) “Entity resolution and information quality,” and
  • Mark Zachry’s (2007) “Communication practices in workplaces and the professions.”

ACM SIGDOC 2011 Conference proceedings

You can use this link to download the conference proceedings:


Learning resources

ACM Mapping Guides for faculty who are uncertain where to start with IBM technologies.  The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is internationally recognized as a premier organization for computing professionals.  IBM selected the ACM-recommended curricula as the source against which to map IBM technologies and courseware, making it easier for faculty to determine where open source and IBM technologies might fit into their course content.  Also included is a course catalog with more than 400 courses, addressing topics and technologies that will help students develop skills around Business Process Management, Enterprise Content Management, Model Driven Development and other smarter planet, industry-desired skill areas.

These no-charge student offerings are available through the IBM Academic Initiative’s Student Software Catalog, accessible via IBM Student Portal at http://www.ibm.com/university/students/.

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