Australian Computer Society
President's Report to Council
Please note the web version of this document at URL: http://www.tomw.net.au/twcl97a.htm includes hypertext links to more detailed information about the topics mentioned.
- First was a meeting of the IT Discipline Research Strategy Project, 18 October 1996. The ACS is contributing a modest amount of money to the project, as well as myself on the Steering Committee and Dr. Bernard Robertson-Dunn on the working party. There should be a progress report released in the next two weeks.
- Interact 96 ran from Thursday 24 to Sunday 26 October 1996 in Melbourne. This combined a multimedia orientated product exhibition, seminars for the general public and several industry association conferences. I was invited to speak on The New Digital Economy a Lifestyle Futures Forum and was interviewed on-line.
- 29 October I gave a short presentation on Electronic Mail in the Document Management World to the AIIM 1996 Conference in Canberra
- 12 to 27 November I visited the UK for a meeting on Internet and professional licensing issues with major world IT societies. I ended up chairing one of the resulting working parties). Also I visited the University and related IT research organisations in of Cambridge. While in the UK I attended an ACS Remote meeting and the launch of the Internet Society of Australia via the 'net.
- I chaired the first day of the NSW 1996 Conference on 3 December and helped celebrate the 30th birthday at the ACS dinner the next day.
- My last ACS duty for the year was to give the first multimedia address to the National Press Club in Canberra, 11 December.
1997For 1997 I propose to concentrate on two priorities:
- Industry development: It is not enough for Australia to have a well trained body of IT professionals, we also need an industry for them to work in. The ACS made a submission to the Information Industries Taskforce, as one of a number of measures to boost Australian IT industry. As I explained at the national press club, the Federal Government's current approach to the IT industry is fragmented. In 1997 the ACS should work on a co-ordinated strategy for development of the Australian IT industry.
- On-line working: While we have made some progress in the ACS with on-line publishing and on-line working (and are ahead of our overseas counterparts), progress has not been fast enough. During 1997 the ACS should aim to make the full range of its services available on-line to members and experiment with new services exploiting the new possibilities.
13 February 1997