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Resigning from the BCS

I have been a Member and a Fellow of the British Computer Society for about 30 years. I joined because I thought that it was important to support professional bodies in computing and software engineering. The degrees of the university I worked for at the time (Lancaster) were accredited by the BCS and, rightly, they […]

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In the first version of this, I got it wrong! It is possible to leave comments but the comment button did not show up on my browser. The post has been amended. I’ve written here before that, as a loyal reader for 30 years, how I think IEEE Software magazine has lost its way. I made […]

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I have been a subscriber to the IEEE’s Software magazine since it started in 1984. At one time, in my office, I had a 25 year unbroken run of issues on my shelf until, thank goodness, digital libraries meant that I could dispense with the paper copies. It was, and maybe still is, the most […]

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In my previous post on this topic, I hypothesised that one reason why there is a gender imbalance in science and engineering is that teenage girls see science as ‘uncool’ and so choose non-science subjects to study at school. It is harder for a 15 year old girl to reject the claim that ‘Only nerdy […]

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In an article in the August edition of the Communications of the ACM, Vint Cerf, previous president of the ACM, asked readers for advice on how to increase participation by computing professionals. This problem is, of course, not confined to the ACM – it has been a concern of the British Computer Society for many […]

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I have written before about how I thought that the ACM’s publishing policy was harmful and unfair to authors. Now, I’m delighted to say that their policy is changing and they have become the first major computing publisher to recognise that authors have a right to maintain copyright in their own writings. They have also […]

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News just in (6th December 2012). Common justice has prevailed and the IET has changed its mind – students living in Scotland and taking Highers will be eligible for Diamond scholarships.  I have decided to withdraw this resignation. I suspect that this policy change would have been more difficult to achieve without the power of […]

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News just in (6th December 2012). Common justice has prevailed and the IET has changed its mind – students living in Scotland and taking Highers will be eligible for Diamond scholarships.  I have decided to withdraw my resignation. I suspect that this policy change would have been more difficult to achieve without the power of […]

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I think that open-access publishing where research papers are freely accessible on the web is ultimately inevitably although it will take a while to break the monopoly of the big academic publishers (see this article by George Monbiot to see how bad this is).  Ethically, if researchers are paid to do research through public funds, […]

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