Manuela Aparicio is an integrated researcher and assistant professor at the Information Sciences, Technologies and Architecture Research Center (ISTAR-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal (ISCTE-IUL) and associate researcher at MagIC, a Portugal-based research center focusing on harnessing information to improve organizations and society. She is also an assistant professor at NOVA IMS, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Her research interests include the evaluation of information systems’ effectiveness, especially with respect to the implementation and use of information technology in education. Aparicio is also interested in e-learning systems success research. She conducted a bibliometric study on e-learning evolution concepts and proposed two different business models for massive online open courses (MOOCs). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, Internet and Higher Education, Computers in Human Behavior, Information and Management, and others. Aparicio is chair of the European ACM SIGDOC Chapter (EuroSIGDOC).
Carlos J. Costa is Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Formerly, he worked at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) for 24 years. At ISCTE-IUL he was the director of the Adetti-IUL Research Centre, led the Information Systems Research Group, and was the director of the Free and Open Source Software Master Program. A member of ACM since 2006, in 2008 he organized the ACM SIGDOC 2008 conference in Lisbon. Later, in 2010, he co-founded the ACM SIGDOC European Chapter EuroSIGDOC.
In 2014, Costa motivated some students from ISCTE-IUL to start a Student Chapter, and later became the chapter’s faculty advisor.
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 present 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.