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Brief Histories of AFIPS and Its Constituent Societies Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129509D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 10 page(s) / 47K

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Brief Histories of AFIPS and Its Constituent Societies

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Copyright ©; 1986 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Brief Histories of AFIPS and Its Constituent Societies American Federation of Information Processing Societies

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Year Events

1961 AFIPS is founded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American

Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE).

1962 The American Documentation Institute (ADI) and Simulation Councils, Inc. (SCI) join

AFIPS as affiliate members.


AIEE and IRE merge to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is represented in AFIPS by its Computer Society (IEEE- CS). SCI becomes an associate member of AFIPS.

1964 The Association for Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics (AMTCL) becomes an affiliate member. ADI becomes an associate member.

1965 AFIPS hosts the third World Computer Congress of the International Federation for

Information Processing (IFIP) in New York City.


AFIPS develops its first compendium of statistics on the U.S. information processing industry; the work is revised and published periodically in subsequent years. SCI is elected a full member of AFIPS.

1967 The Society for Information Display (SID) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) join AFIPS as affiliate members.

AFIPS opens its first headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey, and AFIPS Press is established. The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) become affiliate members. AMTCL, now called the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), becomes an associate member.

The Instrument Society of America (ISA), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) join as affiliate members. ADI, now the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), gains full membership. AFIPS is incorporated in the state of Delaware. Constitutional changes eliminate the "associate member" class. All current affiliate and associate members become "affiliated members."

The "Joint Computer Conference (JCC) Agreement" is signed by AFIPS, ACM, IEEE (for IEEE-CS), and SCI. AFIPS and the three societies officially become joint sponsors of the JCCs.

1971 The Association for Educational Data Systems (AEDS) becomes an affiliated member.

1972 The first USA-Japan Computer Conference is sponsored by AFIPS and the Information

Processing Society of Japan in Tokyo.

1973 The annual Spring and Fall Joint Computer Conferences are merged into the single annual



IEEE Computer Society, Jul 01, 1986 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 3, Pages 219-224

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Brief Histories of AFIPS and Its Constituent Societies

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