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Pioneer Day, 1982

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129426D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 8 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

J. A. N. LEE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Pioneer Day at the National Computer Conference (NCC) has been organized by the History of Computing Committee (HOCC) of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) since 1974, and has been a formal part of the NCC operations since 1979. It differs from a ";normal"; program in that although the topic is well defined in the same manner as other NCC programs, solicitation of presentations does not necessarily imply the production of formal papers -- nor an open invitation for any author to submit proposed topics for inclusion in the sessions. An essential part of the work of the person who chairs Pioneer Day is the research that forms a backdrop against which the NCC sessions are placed. In some sense, Pioneer Day is the result of an extensive research program sponsored by HOCC and NCC instead of being a vehicle for the presentation of independently supported activities.

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Copyright ©; 1984 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Pioneer Day, 1982

J. A. N. LEE

(Image Omitted: © 1984 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Author's Address: Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Categories and Subject Descriptors: K.2 [History of Computing] -- FORTRAN, people, software, systems. General Terms: Languages, Management. Additional Key Words and Phrases: Pioneer Day, J. W. Backus, IBM Corporation, AFIPS History of Computing Committee. © 1984 AFIPS 0164-

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Pioneer Day, 1982

J. A. N. LEE .00/00)

Pioneer Day at the National Computer Conference (NCC) has been organized by the History of Computing Committee (HOCC) of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) since 1974, and has been a formal part of the NCC operations since 1979. It differs from a "normal" program in that although the topic is well defined in the same manner as other NCC programs, solicitation of presentations does not necessarily imply the production of formal papers -- nor an open invitation for any author to submit proposed topics for inclusion in the sessions. An essential part of the work of the person who chairs Pioneer Day is the research that forms a backdrop against which the NCC sessions are placed. In some sense, Pioneer Day is the result of an extensive research program sponsored by HOCC and NCC instead of being a vehicle for the presentation of independently supported activities.

The topics of previous Pioneer Days at NCC have been: 1974 Dartmouth Time-Sharing System and BASIC 1975 Institute for Advanced Study and the IAS computer 1976 ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) 1977 Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory 1978 SWAC (Standards Western Automatic Computer) 1979 COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) 1980 25th anniversary of SHARE 1981 30th anniversary of UNIVAC I

Administration

The administration of the Pioneer Day activities is much more complex than a regular NCC activity -- mainly because of the need to start work on the theme at least two years in advance when an NCC budget does not yet exist. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that Pioneer Day is not a one-person activity; in many respects it is a miniconference within a maxiconference, and the Pioneer Day chairman is supported by a committee that has responsibilities similar to those of the mem...