Voting starts on Monday

The final vote on the future relationship between the Symposium on Computational Geometry and the Association for Computing Machinery will be held next week: June 23–July 1.  On Monday, June 23, voting codes and BallotBin links will be sent to every subscriber of the compgeom-announce mailing list.  If you are interested in voting on this issue, please subscribe to compgeom-announce as soon as possible.

I do want to emphasize that this vote is open to all members of the computational geometry research community, regardless of career stage, employment status, or degree status, or prior participation in the conference.  Please vote, and please encourage your colleagues to vote.

Here is a draft of the actual ballot, which combines language from the previous SOCG ballots with a few information questions from the recent CCC vote.

1. Which of the following options do you prefer?

    1. I prefer to stay with ACM, with the understanding that ACM will approve all good-faith requests for in-cooperation status outside the United States. Refusal of in-cooperation status outside the US triggers our immediate departure from ACM.
    2. I prefer to leave ACM, and organize SOCG as an independent conference with proceedings published in LIPIcs and with financial backing provided through other means.

2. If you answered (A), please check the main reason:

  • Maintaining continuity
  • Financial backing and insurance
  • Prestige of being affiliated with a professional organization
  • Having proceedings in the digital library of a professional organization
  • Other — Please specify:

3. If you answered (B), please check the main reason:

  • Open and free access to the proceedings
  • Reducing costs for the attendees
  • Reducing administrative overhead for the local organizers
  • Increased flexibility
  • Other — Please specify:

3. Independent of your vote in question 1, would you be willing to help out as a volunteer in the event that SOCG does go solo?

  • No
  • Maybe
  • Yes — Please specify how you think you can help.  Possibilities include: legal issues, insurance, banking, sponsoring, proceedings, record keeping, local organization.

4. Please indicate your current status:

  • Tenured faculty member
  • Untenured faculty member
  • Postdoc
  • PhD student
  • Other

5. How often did you attend SoCG in the past 10 years?  (Prior attendance at SOCG is not a requirement for voting.)

  • At least 5 times
  • 3 or 4 times
  • 1 or 2 times
  • never

6. We welcome other thoughts you may have about the issue:



About Jeff Erickson

I'm a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the chair of the steering committee for the International Symposium on Computational Geometry.
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