Minutes of SIG/CR Planning Meeting
Tuesday, 10/10/95, at ASIS Annual Meeting
By Ed Housman, The MITRE Corporation
The Planning Session began at 12:00 noon with the following enthusiastic
Hanne Albrechtsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Anderson email@example.com
Clare Beghtol firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Silipigni Connaway email@example.com
Efthimis Efthimiadis firstname.lastname@example.org
Raya Fidel email@example.com
Andrew Grove firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Housman email@example.com
Elin Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Kazmer email@example.com
Barbara Kwasnik firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Michel email@example.com
Ray Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Solomon email@example.com
Ten SIGs held simultaneous business meetings at round tables in a large
banquet hall. SIG/CR distinguished itself by continuing its discussions
in oblivious concentration long after the other SIGs had completed their
business, yawned, and left. Workmen setting up for the next function
allowed us to stay, probably in respect for the intense looks
on our faces.
Ray Schwartz, outgoing Chair, reported that we won the SIG Publication of
the Year award for our Web Page, that the 6th ASIS SIG/CR Classification
Research Workshop held the preceding Sunday was a success, and that copies
of the proceedings were being sold for $15 per copy at the registration
desk. [We have since learned that SIG/CR was also recognized as SIG of
the Year.] He thanked the group and turned the meeting over to Paul
Solomon, our new Chair. Chair-Elect for 1996 is Efthimis Efthimiadis.
Discussion, then, centered around programs for the ASIS Midyear Meeting
in San Diego and the upcoming Annual Meeting in Baltimore October 21-26.
One idea surfaced for the Midyear meeting: "A User View of Digital
Libraries" will be submitted by Efthimis Efthimiadis. The deadline for
proposals for the midyear meeting is November 15.
Another idea originated by Elin Jacob, labeled the "Social Construction
of Classification," was originally suggested for the Midyear meeting, but
will be proposed for the Annual meeting instead by Elin Jacob and Hanne
Albrechtsen. This session would include, for example, the work on
taxonomy of the nursing profession presented during the 6th SIG/CR
Claire Beghtol reported that there will be more slots for sessions at the
1996 Annual Meeting than in previous years because the number of keynote
speeches will be reduced. Also, sessions will not necessarily have to
conform to the conference theme, "Global Complexity: Information, Chaos,
Deadline for proposals for the Annual Meeting is December 15, and ideas
should be sent by email to Efthimis Efthimiadis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Forms were also handed out. It was also noted that while the text of
presentations for SIG sessions is not ordinarily published in the
Proceedings, such publication is possible if the papers are submitted
early enough on the proper forms.
A few ideas for unusual formats for SIG/CR sessions were discussed,
including a debate, demos, and a session based on the Talmudic model of
discourse, where participants, including the audience, comment on and
discuss a statement of -accepted truth.
Additional proposals for the Annual Meeting SIG sessions included:
+ Dee Michel: "Types of Knowledge (Typology)" involving exploration
of the terminology of classification.
+ Raya Fidel: "Vendors Perceptions of the Market," a panel session
to explore vendors' perceptions of the classification requirements for
the software they market, including market surveys, design assumptions,
and what they think people really need. It was pointed out that the
vendors could benefit from such an interaction as well as ourselves. Raya
volunteered to moderate the session. Dee Michel and Barbara Kwasnik
offered to help.
+ Hanne Albrechtsen: "Classification of Images", which would focus
on the concept development and sharing power of graphics. This session
could be held jointly with SIG/VIZ.
+ Paul Solomon: "Issues in Education for the Organization of
Information/Knowledge", which could be proposed in conjunction with
SIG/ED. This session would focus on curriculum needs in a world of
complex and chaotic systems.
+ Claire Beghtol: "Cognitive Aspects of Indexing", or how indexers
actually index. Claire David of the Universite de Montreal was suggested
as a possible contributor.
+ Dee Michel: "Browsing", how users make relevance judgements in
browsing the retrieved results of a search. This might provide clues to
indexing methodology. Raya Fidel initially raised the idea for the
+ Ed Housman: "The Organization of Data Elements in a Large
Enterprise" such as the Department of Defense. The intent is to explore
some information science concerns and opportunities in relational
database technology. (Jokingly dubbed -Classifying Classified
The meeting then moved on to discussion of next year's workshop. It was
noted that a day-long series of presentations wear down the audience, and
several strategies for breaking up into focus groups in the
afternoon were proposed. We agreed to hold another workshop in 1996.
Paul Solomon will serve as coordinator/editor for the 7th ASIS SIG/CR
Classification Research Workshop. Just about everyone present at the
planning session offered to help with review of submissions.
The 1995 SIG/CR Planning Session ended at 1:35pm.