A new SIGDOC website!

Now officially launched and available: http://sigdoc.acm.org/.
Please bookmark this new URL and feel free to provide input to our webmaster, Jen Riehle: jen_riehle@ncsu.edu


ACM Awards announced

The ACM press release announcing the following five awards was issued today, for additional information please see the Featured Item on:

2011 Grace Murray Hopper Award:
Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University
For his research in harnessing the human side of human-computer interaction for computational goals.

2011 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award:
Hanan Samet, University of Maryland
For fundamental contributions to the development of multidimensional spatial data structures and indexing.

2011 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award:
Hal Abelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For his contribution to computing education, through his innovative advances in curricula designed for students pursuing different kinds of computing expertise, and for his leadership in the movement for open educational resources.

2011 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award:
Stephanie Forrest, University of New Mexico
For fundamental, paradigm-changing contributions to computer science and biological sciences, most notably bringing together models of immune systems, automated diversity, and network epidemiology, with significant impact on real computer and biological systems research and practice.

2011 Software System Award:
Gregory Adams, IBM
John Duimovich, IBM
Erich Gamma, Microsoft
Kevin Haaland, IBM
Julian Jones, IBM
Philippe Mulet, IBM
Steve Northover, Oracle
Dave Thomson, IBM
John Wiegand, IBM

For the Eclipse platform and its visionary design of a universal IDE (integrated Development Environment) which provides developers with an extensible platform for application development tools, fostering an impressive world-wide open source software development community.


Results of the 2012 SGB Election

SGB Chair:

Erik Altman
Hawthorne, NY 10532

SGB Council Representatives:

Joseph Konstan
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

 Brent Hailpern
Director of Computer Science
IBM Research – Almaden

SGB Member-at-Large:

Yannis Ioannidis
University of Athens
Department of Informatics & Telecommunications

Elisa Bertino
Purdue University

 Patrick H. Madden
SUNY Binghamton



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.

Innovators and implementors

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

ACM SIGDOC: Book List from Brad Mehlenbacher

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.”

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”


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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 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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