April 14, 2021

New Online Publication From ACM: “Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices”

The report linked to below was recently published by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

From the Publication Announcement:

Science and technology conferences are engines of innovation—essential to the incubation of new ideas, the dissemination of research, and the spawning of new technologies. But this year, with no warning, conferences around the globe are finding themselves in uncharted waters as the global COVID-19 pandemic makes physical meetings impossible. To help organizers cope, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has issued a new report, “Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices,” on how to replace face-to-face conferences with virtual ones during the pandemic.

“This report is designed for organizers who must grapple with quickly modifying the format of upcoming conferences or planning future events without relying on traditional face-to-face meetings,” explained ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “Our task force included ACM members with experience organizing online conferences and conducting virtual planning sessions. They developed a practical handbook that will be useful to newcomers and provide helpful pointers to those who already have some experience with virtual conferences. It is particularly timely given the COVID-19 situation. Our hope is that the report will also encourage conference organizers to think about reducing their reliance on face-to-face meetings in the future.”

Direct to Full Text: “Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices
30 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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