Membership and Fees
There have been a number of new Members joining throughout the year, though inevitably a number of Members did not renew their subscription in January.
The fees were revised in accordance with the proposal accepted at the last AGM. The new fee structure can be found on the www. Membership is now annual rather than biennial. The board introduced a new category for individual students at half the normal individual rate. This fee has been in operation since last September. The Board is now asks the Members to endorse the revised fees.
The Board decided that to qualify for a member discount on events, membership should be in place 2-3 months before the event. For SDL '01 the deadline was set as 1st April 2001.
The Society has continued to maintain the www site, though contributions and suggestions from the members would be welcome. The objective is to be the primary site for SDL information with links to other sites. The contract the Society has with the internet service provider, iServer, allows us to resell services to third parties. The Board already has a potential client (the German Skeptics Society) and asks the endorsement of the membership to proceed. Together with moving to a different iServer host, this will save the society some money. The Board does not propose being a general reseller, but could sub-host www sites of members for a fee, if they so request.
Board elections and AGM
At the last AGM there was action on the Secretary to suggest a procedure for election of the Board. An election committee was considered, but this only introduces indirection as there needs to be a mechanism to select the election committee. Therefore, it is proposed that a simple democratic process is retained, but the procedure should be documented as follows:
Events and Publications
SAM-2000 was a success and the proceedings have been made available via the www. A number of articles from SDL'99 were published in Computer Networks earlier this year.
The Board has not received financial reports for either SDL'99 or SAM-2000, but it is understood that neither event made a (significant) profit or loss.
The SDL'01 seems set to be successful as an event, but it was also planned (see AGM 2000) to make a profit to fund Society activities. Due to lack of sponsors and lower attendance (mainly due to the current telecomm. downturn) break-even looks more likely.
Moving to LNCS for publication makes the proceedings less expensive and more available.
SAM-2002 is planned only as a date: June 2002. The Board needs to obtain proposals and make a decision by September 2001. On the other hand Computer Networks is interested in publishing selected presentations.
Planning for SDL '02 should also be started, with an objective to have selected a venue date by Spring 2002.
Grant and other items
The posthumous grant to Ragozin has been paid and it is time to consider whether the Society should sponsor a further award to promote SDL or MSC.
The Society has been asked to send the Chairman to a meeting between ITU-T collaborators and on standards work.
As a Member, I have three proposals to be considered:
No other change of benefits has been proposed.
Secretary SDL Forum Society, June 2001.
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