[Air-l] November 2002 AoIR Executive Committee Report
sjones at uic.edu
Mon Nov 18 04:21:34 PST 2002
November 17, 2002
Report of the a(o).i.r. executive committee
Prepared by Steve Jones
AoIR Executive Committee
President: Steve Jones
Vice-President: Nancy Baym
Secretary: Ulla Bunz
Treasurer: Benjamin Bates
Open Seats: David Silver and Barry Wellman
Appointed Seats: Matthew Allen and Leslie Shade
Student Seat: Lisbeth Klastrup
Publications Officers: Jeremy Hunsinger and Charlie Breindahl
2002 Conference Coordinator: Monica Murero
2002 Conference Program Chair: Klaus Bruhn Jensen
2003 Conference Chair: Liss Jeffrey
2003 Conference Program Co-Chairs: Matthew Allen and David Mitchell
Ethics Working Group Chair: Charles Ess
Elections Working Group Chair: Mia Consalvo
Net Resources Working Group Chair: Charlie Breindahl
1. Introduction & General (Jones)
Below is the monthly report from AoIR executive committee members. If
you aren't reading this...well, you ought to be. I know it can get
lengthy, and it can get detailed, but it's the single best way to
know what AoIR is up to, and to find ways to get involved with it (in
any number of ways from contacting the people who report to
volunteering to work on something you see mentioned to making
2. Executive Officers' Reports
2.1 President (Jones)
2.1.1 Maastricht was a blast - one more round of thank-yous to
Monica, Klaus, and the myriad others who made it happen, as well as
the myriad who attended. Next up is the meeting in Toronto, October
16 - 19, 2003. Planning is well under way, and to join in on it here
is the information to sign on for the discussion:
List-Help: <mailto:air-meet-request at aoir.org?subject=help>
List-Post: <mailto:air-meet at aoir.org>
<mailto:air-meet-request at aoir.org?subject=subscribe>
<mailto:air-meet-request at aoir.org?subject=unsubscribe>
There are a number of working groups doing their thing, too. For
information about what each group is up to please contact the
respective working group chair.
Note that one of the working groups is helping AoIR come up with a
means of streamlining the election process and ensuring
representation. Elections will be coming up in a few months, and I'll
take this early opportunity to encourage you to consider running for
office or serving in some other capacity.
Please note too that a "Call for Hosts" was recently issued for AoIR
conferences in 2004 and beyond. If you are interested in hosting a
future AoIR conference please contact me.
2.2 Vice President (Baym)
2.2.1 I have been doing my small part in the preparations for next
year's conference ,planning and working on publicizing the benefits
of membership to air-l subscribers and members themselves.
<subliminal message> join join join </subliminal message>. and
otherwise keeping busy with many ongoing aoir discussions.
2.3 Secretary (Bunz)
2.3.1 Since the fabulous conference in Maastricht, I have written a variety of
reports (detailed executive meeting report, summary of executive meeting
report, general meeting report) and have shared them with the
appropriate audiences, including air-l. I also did a quick country
overview and sent an accounting of how many people of what countries
participated in the conference (based on the conference listing, which
didn't include on site registrants). I have been active on the air-meet
list, chirping in on discussions regarding keynoters, scheduling, etc.
Finally, I've been contributing to the discussions on air-exec and
Summary October 18 - November 13, 2002
This month on the executive list:
. Finalizing of scheduling for an executive committee meeting in
. Discussion regarding other listserves connected to the AoIR
mission, stimulated by Lisbeth Klastrup's idea to form an AoIR grad
student list. Creation, discussion, amendment, and final agreement on
criteria such lists would have to fulfill (posted to the website).
. Discussion on amending membership fee collection scheduling
(i.e., everyone renew at the same time once a year), but decision to
stay with current way of doing things (rolling membership).
. Conversation about member benefits and access to conference
papers (for various reasons pointed out on air-l, papers are available -
if presenters provide them - to members only, but everyone is welcome to
contact presenters personally and request copies)
. Creation and editing of various outreach email messages that
will be posted to air-l and members on a regular basis
. Discussion about possibly instituting a research annual out of
selected AoIR conference papers. More information will be made available
once final decisions have been made.
. In the process of setting up a complaint list. More information
2.4 Treasurer (Bates)
2.4.1 Nothing to report.
2.5 Open Seats (Silver, Wellman)
2.5.1 Silver: I've been staying busy with participating in various
threads, and taking part in a number of discussions on the conference
2.5.2 Wellman: Continuing to work on Toronto AoIR conference.
2.6 Appointed Seats (Allen, Shade)
2.6.1 Allen: I have been devoting my time to background preparation
for the program at
the AoIR conference in Toronto in 2003. I have facilitated some discussion
on air-meet about the structure and nature of the program (timing, type of
papers etc), and have been greatly impressed by the quality of discussion
and the helpful suggestions from all. Over the next month or so, following
the release for the Call for Papers, I will be working with co-Chair David
Mitchell and the Conference Chair Liss Jeffrey, to finalise arrangements for
managing and finalising the program.
I will indicate now that soon I will be asking for people who wish to be on
the program committee to contact me; I will also be approaching people to be
sub-chairs, responsible for areas of internet research that will form part
of the program.
2.6.2 Shade: Nothing to report.
2.7 Student Seat (Klastrup)
2.7.1 Participated in discussions on the exec-list and continued
the graduate students I met in Maastricht. Currently setting up a graduate
student list serv which will be launched very soon.
2.8 Publications Officers (Hunsinger, Breindahl)
2.8.1 Hunsinger: it has been fairly busy month, and I've been working
on the lists and web primarily, but I'm also doing some conference
things as they come up. I am still receiving papers at
papers at aoir.org and am putting them up bi-weekly now.
2.8.2 Breindahl: I still read your e-mail - i.e., I monitor our
mailinglists and filter out spam and unwelcome subscribers. I have
done very little to improve the usability of aoir.org, mainly because
I maintain two-three other sites that need my attention from time to
time. One beautiful day, it will happen.
2.9 2002 Conference (Monica Murero, Coordinator; Klaus Bruhn Jensen,
2.9.1 Murero: Thank you all for giving me the chance to chair such
a great conference in Maastricht. A fabolous experience! I have
received many messages of appreciation and I'd like to thank again
each one of you for it, and every single person that has contributed
to this success. I am still working on conference related matters and
will be happy to contribute to AoIR 's growth in the future. In other
words, I'll stay around!!! I'd also like to send my best wishes to
the teams that are working on the organization of AoIR 4.0 in
Toronto, and in particular to Liss, Barry, Matt, David. All the best
and see you soon !
2.10 2003 Conference (Liss Jeffrey, Chair; Matthew Allen, David
Mitchell, Program Co-Chairs)
2.10.1 Jeffrey (with her team: Katherine Parrish, Jason Nolan, Alex
Kuskis, and steering committee chair Barry Wellman)
1. We have completed the call for papers draft, with the theme set
out and explained in terms of ways IR4.0 will broaden the band of the
internet research community and its topics, good input from Matt on
review criteria,attention to French papers, to the use of technology
to work on technology at the conference, and (Katherine Parrish
leading this one) on the inclusion of creative works and
2. We have continued discussions with the Hilton Hotel, and are
working with them as partners so that everyone will want to stay
there and use our time most effectively by allowing the happenstance
of meeting in the same environment. We are working on the room plan,
rough conference program outline, cyber cafe, and other questions.
3. We submitted the Toronto committee list of potential keynotes to
Air-Meet (which I convened last month) and have just confirmed the
list of our first and second selections in a video conference with
David Mitchell (co-program chair) from Calgary. We are very pleased
with this list and guarantee that substance will be the order of the
day for keynoters. The original suggestion that we had made to invite
Steve Jones to be one of the keynotes is repeated and affirmed by all
4. We have an events program in prep, that will include
techno-artistic performances and other interventions: a preliminary
list of those we have in mind include Steve Mann (Cyborg and
Counter-Surveillance), David Rokeby ( major international techno
artist), Cory Doctorow, and others....
5. The SSHRC application went in on November 1st. No idea what the
outcome will be , however it certainly consumed one plus days for my
busy byDesign eLab and eCommons/Agora project, and I thank my office
admin Graig Kent for his support. The Knowledge Media Design
Institute at U of Toronto is now our lead organizer (in addition to
adjunct faculty, McLuhan Program, I am a senior researcher there) and
we thank Barry Wellman (my fellow steering committee member on KMDI)
our steering committee chair for all of his support.
6. On Nov. 28 we will hold a volunteers meeting, after we do a
visualization of the conference and a divide and conquer session on
the activities we now face. The web site will get more advanced later
next week <http://www.ecommons.net/aoir>
7. Finally we have plans for pre-conference events, and the Toronto
committee welcomes all suggestions and ideas, so that we can start
figuring out ways to place people in locations, formalize these
events, and add some substantive themes as well as hands on workshops.
More to come....
2.11 AoIR Ethics Working Group (Charles Ess, Chair)
2.11.1 The ethics working group has finalized its statement on
Internet research ethics, revised in light of both aoir-list comments
and comments received during the panel presentation on the statement
at AoIR 3.0: please see <http://www.aoir.org/reports/ethics.pdf>. We
are placing the statement before AoIR members for their review and,
we hope, their endorsement. Voting will begin soon. We will continue
our work in the coming year - in part, by continuing to respond to
queries and suggestions from the aoir membership on how to expand and
refine the statement and its resources in ways that will be helpful.
As always, my thanks to the members of the ethics committee for all
their hard work, cooperative and critical discussion, insight and
2.12 AoIR Elections Working Group (Mia Consalvo, Chair)
2.12.1 We are in the process of scheduling a live meeting to wrap
things up, and make a final recommendation to the executive board.
That should appear by the end of this month.
Here's the scoop:
--We believe that a better version of the nomination and voting
procedure should be written up for our elections. These new
procedures and guidelines should be posted to air-l before the
procedure begins; they should be available as a document on the aoir
web site, and they should also be printed out and available as a
handout at aoir conferences.
--We also support gathering more information from candidates running
for various posts. We suggest having the general membership
contribute ideas for questions, which could be general to all
and/or specific for some (treasurer: how good are you with money?).
--We are still debating how candidates are identified. Current ideas
being tossed about include: nominations and self-nominations
remaining the norm; adding to the above, a nominations committee that
would identify potential candidates that have shown excellent service
to the organization, but are too shy to self-nominate; finally, going
to a system of nominations only by a committee, but this doesn't seem
to have wide support as a system.
--The voting process: we seem to be in agreement to limiting people
to running for only one office-otherwise their votes can get split.
Additionally, we are considering a "weighted voting" system.
--We are also considering recommending expanding the executive
board--particularly in the area of open seats. Alternately, the
executive board has proposed (and we are talking about) having an
"Advisory Board" that people could (volunteer or be named) to
participate on, having more of a say in aoir business, but not
burdening the exec board w/too many chefs.
--Regarding elections, we are talking about having some sort of
"event" for candidates- the idea of a synchronous chat was proposed,
but due to our wide geographic boundaries, seems burdensome.
Alternately, a specific time period for an asynchronous talk/Q&A has
2.13 AoIR Net Resources Working Group (Charlie Breindahl, Chair)
2.13.1 The AoIR Net Working Group has been dormant over the summer,
but we have recently begun discussion of the future of aoir.org as
content management system (audience oriented) or groupware (author
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