LINGUIST List 2.307

Wednesday, 19 June 1991

Calls: Software at Annual Meeting of LSA

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Message 1: LSA: Call for Software at Annual Meeting

Date: Mon, 17 Jun 91 12:20:44 EDT
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Subject: LSA: Call for Software at Annual Meeting
 The LSA Committee on Information and Communication Technology
 (i.e, the Computer Committee) is aiming to sponsor a Software
 Exhibit at the LSA annual meeting in Philadelphia, Jan. 1992.
 Therefore, we need software to exhibit. And help in staging
 the exhibit. The size and structure of the exhibit depend on
 the response to this call, so we can't provide details right
 now, but we tentatively plan on a schedule of individual dem-
 onstrations lasting a half hour each. If time and the amount
 of software permits, we would like to allow each participant
 who is willing to give their demonstration twice (once each
 day), in order to allow our colleagues to plan their meeting
 schedule as flexibly as possible.
 Our intention is to make this a professional event, suitable
 for the usual institutional support for participant's travel.
 To this end, we will try to get the schedule printed and dis-
 tributed in advance of the meeting, so participants will have
 something in hand to show their institutions. Software dev-
 elopment has not been a traditional scholarly activity, but
 if there is to be software for linguists to use, it will have
 to be linguists that develop it. Preliminary reports of the
 LSA membership survey indicate that there are plenty of ling-
 uists who have been doing just that; it's time for us to stop
 reinventing the wheel, to get together and see just what al-
 ready exists.
 All software should meet the following criteria:
 1) Only software developed by or for linguists should
 be submitted to this exhibit. We are attempting to
 represent software linguists should know about and
 would have trouble finding out about without this.
 While not intending to discourage commercial exhib-
 itors, we are targeting user-developed programs in
 this event. I.e, the model is more like a poster
 session than a book exhibit. This means that more
 general-purpose programs, like wordprocessors, are
 inappropriate, unless they have been specifically
 designed with linguistic (and NOT merely polyglot)
 uses in mind.
 Add-ons to general software, like fonts, wordpro-
 cessor style sheets, example numbering programs,
 spreadsheet templates, and so on, ARE appropriate;
 however, the submitter must take responsibility
 for providing whatever software is necessary for
 demonstrating them.
 Commercial software developers with programs they
 wish to demonstrate at LSA are urged to contact
 the Committee. Ideally, we'd like to have a good
 commercial exhibit along the lines of the Book Ex-
 hibit, but that will have to wait.
 2) For practical purposes, we are limited to DOS and
 Macintosh software this year. Any non-standard
 hardware needs are the responsibility of the sub-
 mitter. Next year we hope to do better.
 3) Software must be submitted for review. Submitters
 may suggest reviewers. Reviews will be displayed
 along with the software at the exhibit and will be
 available at the copy service. Submission is not
 a guarantee of acceptance, though the first time a
 new event is organized, it is reasonable to expect
 that most software submitted will be accepted, un-
 less we see an unanticipated flood of submissions.
 4) Prototypically, the software author (or copyright
 holder) should be the submitter. However, anyone
 willing to perform a demonstration of the software
 at LSA may submit it for review. In the event of
 multiple submissions of the same software, the au-
 thor or copyright holder has precedence unless the
 software is commercial. The Committee may request
 a joint demonstration by all parties.
 The submitter is responsible for providing a copy
 of the software and documentation to the reviewer
 in a timely manner.
 "Commercial Software" is defined for the purpose of
 of this exhibit as any program for which payment
 is requested, beyond media charges. This includes
 5) Like the privilege of presenting papers at the an-
 nual meeting, the privilege of exhibiting software
 is reserved for LSA members. Therefore, at least
 one of: the author of the software, OR
 its copyright holder, OR
 its submitter MUST be a member of the LSA.
 Instead, fill out the form below and send it (electronically by
 preference; by paper post if you must) BY SEPTEMBER 1 to:
 Internet: John Lawler
 Linguistics Program
 BITNet: USERGB4NUMICHUB 1095 Frieze Bldg.
 University of Michigan
 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
 We will select a reviewer and ask you to furnish them with a copy of
 the software (if they don't already have it). The earlier you sub-
 mit your application, the more time the reviewer will have to write
 the review. This procedure should indicate, incidentally, that the
 reviews and the reviewers will NOT be anonymous.
 If you are interested in volunteering to be a reviewer, please send
 your e-mail and paper post addresses to the address above and indi-
 cate your preferences and experience. REVIEWS ARE DUE OCTOBER 1;
 please don't volunteer if you can't make that deadline.
 Finally, we can definitely use assistance at the meeting, though it
 is too early to say how or how much. If you're interested in help-
 ing us with the exhibit, please let us know.
 - * -
 1) Name __________________________________________________________
 2) Institutional affiliation _____________________________________
 3) Postal address ________________________________________________
 4) E-mail address ________________________________________________
 5) Software name _________________________________________________
 6) Brief description of what the software does ___________________
 7) Author or copyright holder of software, if not you ____________
 8) Please fill in all of the following that apply:
 Runs on Macintosh __ Runs on DOS __ Runs on other OS ________
 Freeware __ Shareware __ Other Commercial __
 Price of the software, if any $__________________
 Desirable Accessories, if any, and their prices _____________
 Available for downloading from ________________________________
 Source code available ___ Price, if any: $__________
 From whom? _________________________________________________
 Language and compiler ______________________________________
 9) What is the minimum system configuration it can run usefully on?
 Please include information about video displays, auxiliary soft-
 ware, or anything else that is necessary to run it.
 10) You may suggest a reviewer if you like.
 Please include e-mail and paper post addresses.
 11) Are you willing to give two demonstrations (on successive days)
 if asked?
 12) Other information we didn't think to ask about ________________
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