Someone interested in HCI reads the SIGCHI Bulletin, but apparently only someone involved in SIGCHI knows how to pronounce it, [c 1] and that's why we chose Archive as the title for this issue, so that everyone would know. CHI is pronounced like the chi in archive. [c 2]
This issue marks the start of ACM's 50th Anniversary year, and to celebrate the start of the year this issue features a look back at the history of SIGCHI. Ever wondered how come there have been 27 volumes of the SIGCHI Bulletin, while HCI didn't even come into existence before 1980? Read on....
... during [the late 70's], a growing number of people became concerned about the human interaction of computer systems. The need for "people-oriented" systems, which reflected the needs and behavioral characteristics of the user population, became a matter of major interest to the computing profession.
The ACM itself recognized the importance of the user interface when it scheduled Allen Newell to be an invited speaker at the Computer Science Conference in February 1982. Professor Newell's topic: "Human Interaction with Computers: The Requirements for Progress." [c 3]
Between 1978 and 1982, we lobbied for a name change from SIGSOC to SIGCHI.
"In every journal, in every discussion these days, we hear that systems aren't being used as the designers envisioned: it is time to emphasize research directed towards the users. The days of computer-oriented people are passing: the new era must lead towards people-oriented computers." (L. Borman, SIGSOC Bulletin, Spring 1978, Volume 9)
Again, in the July 1978 Bulletin, 10,1, Borman wrote "we want to give special focus to the human factors in computing, such as through studies of user's reactions to current systems, review of methods for assessing differences in the human results, and discussions of the theoretical basis for these performance differences."
Why Don't More Non-North-American Papers Get Accepted to CHI?
CHI '95 received 228 submissions, 66 of which were accepted, leaving 162 rejected submissions. Each paper received evaluations from between four and nine reviewers .... Each paper is assigned to an associate chair (AC), who writes a "meta-review." ACs are intended to summarize the reviewers' comments, perhaps weighting those comments differently depending on their judgement of the seriousness of the criticisms. ACs are also free to add their own opinions to the meta-reviews. [c 4]
Smith, Linda Cheryl (1980). "'Memex' as an image of potentiality in information retrieval research and development." Proceedings of the 3rd annual ACM conference on research and development in information retrieval (SIGIR '80, Cambridge, England, 1980) Kent, UK: Butterworth, 1981. pp. 345-369. [^]
Soergel, Dagobert (1977). "An Automated Encyclopedia: A Solution of the Information Problem?" International Classification, 4(1): 4-10; 4(2): 81-89. [^]
The shade of the bar looks invariant in isolation but variant in context, in (favor of) sharp contrast with the color gradient background, hence an innateillusion we have to reasonably interpret and overcome as well as the mirage. Such variance appearing seasonably from context to context may not only be the case with our vision but worldview in general in practice indeed, whether a priori or a posteriori. Perhaps no worldview from nowhere, without any point of view or prejudice at all!
Ogden & Richards (1923) said, "All experience ... is either enjoyed or interpreted ... or both, and very little of it escapes some degree of interpretation."
H. G. Wells (1938) said, "The human individual is born now to live in a society for which his fundamental instincts are altogether inadequate."