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AFIPS in Retrospect

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129520D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 11 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

WILLIS H. WARE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

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

AFIPS in Retrospect

WILLIS H. WARE

  (Image Omitted: © 1986 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. Categories and Subject Descriptors: K.2 "History of Computing] -- people; K.7 [The Computing Profession] -- AFIPS, organizations. General Terms: Management. Author's Address: Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

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AFIPS in Retrospect

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(Image Omitted: Author's Note: Some of the figures and facts in this article may have changed by the time this issue is published; they are correct, to the best of my knowledge, as of January 14, 1986. Early drafts of this article were reviewed by a group that included several past AFIPS presidents, as well as by Annals advisors. The final version reflects their helpful comments and suggestions; the words and the points made, of course, are those of the author.)

Introduction

The following essay is by AFIPS's first chairman, Willis Ware. He reflects on the contrast between the AFIPS envisioned by its founders and early leaders and what he perceives its current realization to be. In addition, he includes his personal prescription of steps AFIPS might take to assume an important leadership role in a continually changing world of information processing.

In the Beginning

On May 10, 1961, AFIPS was created during a meeting of the National Joint Computer Committee in the Ambassador Hotel at Los Angeles. Even though a lot of homework had been done to pave the way, the event was still hectic. Some of the attendees were involved in running the 1961 Western Joint Computer Conference then in session, but, more important, uncertainties remained to be worked out. In the back of people's minds still lurked the possibility of friction among the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), the triumvirate that had sponsored the Joint Computer Conferences (JCCs). The three societies, which collectively

IEEE Computer Society, Jul 01, 1986 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 3, Pages 303-310

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AFIPS in Retrospect

represented the computer field in those days, had evolved a smooth mechanism for joint custody of the Joint Computer Conferences, which had settled into a twice-annual pattern of the "We...