©Conrad Weisert, Information Disciplines, Inc.,
7 October 2017
Computing professionals have become accustomed to reviewing the calendar of events in the monthly Communications of the ACM. The Calendar in the recent September issue (page 39) was interesting in two ways:
As much as I enjoy visiting Vienna or Barcelona, my schedule is full now. So I wouldn't have crossed the ocean for any of them even if I had known a month or two sooner. Still, we wonder what purpose ACM's "Calendar of Events" is intended to serve, informing readers of coming events that have already taken place.
It's also susprising that ACM, an organization founded and headquartered in the United States, couldn't find a single September or October event in its home continent that was worth listing.
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We went back and checked earlier editions of Communications, and were surprised and puzzled.
A celendar of coming events is helpful to readers planning their schedules. But most of us plan our participation, especially when it requires international travel, a month or so in advance. A calendar that doesn't list events for the next six weeks is not useful.