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3rd ACM Europe Chapters Workshop

EuroSIGDOC was well represented in the 3rd ACM Europe Chapters Workshop (Prague, aug. 25-26) by our chair and treasurer. And it ended with one more member, a French ACM Member, who proposes the presenCosta_Berger_t short report.

The workshop counted some 50 attendees, representing 25 European chapters, covering Europe from Ireland to Azerbaijan and from Sweden to Portugal, including also Israel. The ACM headquarters were present with Alex Wolf, a past president, and its CEO Bobby Schnabel.

Some major points :
– a quite strong presence of ACM-W (ACM women)
– a major challenge to the ACM chair is to introduce “more philanthropy” in the associations issues,
– the project of a all-Europe all-Sigs event in 2017, each chapter participating along its own lines and agenda; this project wa proposed by Avi Mendelsohn, and strongly welcomed by the audience ; the best theme would autonomous cars,
– the nex CECL (Commitee of European Chapter Leaders, http://europe.acm.org/chapters.html) will be held in Barcelona (not so far from Lisbon …).

Personally (but I was not alone on this point), I feel that ACM communication processes could be substantially enhanced
– to make a deeper and more stimulating use of new communication technologies, notably to reduce the CO2 costly practice of face-to-face international meeting
– to aim to a less top-down (typically university teacher/student) and more peer-to-peer thinking and acting.

Perhaps could we, EuroSIGOC, play an active role in such an evolution. It is clearly in our object “the design of communication”. And its European basis frees us from the constraints inherent to the worldwide structure.

Pierre Berger

26 October 2013, 2nd formal, ISCTE

twl-report-2013-10-iconISCTE, 9H00–14H00

Daniel Bofill
    SISCOG, technical writer since 2012

Frances Gordon
    Simplified, teacher and manager since 2005

Rui Serra
    AnubisNetworks, technical writer since 2007

also, open networking over coffee
and lunch

    together, 24 persons created
    a 27-page public record of the event

22 June 2013, 1st formal, ISCTE

2013-06-twl-posterISCTE, 9H00–14H00

Joaquim Baptista
    Altitude Software, technical writer since 1997

Jaime Vasconcelos
    OutSystems, technical writer since 2007

Aldina Rodrigues
    EuroScript, manager since 1997

also, open networking over coffee
structured interaction

twl-report-icon

    together, 26 persons created
    a 26-page public record of the event