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Lists of Open Problems

March 27, 2013

Open problems are of course very valuable for setting research directions and pointing out current or grand challenges. I would like to point out two more recent lists of open problems that are “closer to home” for me at least.

  1. March 27, 2013 6:09 pm

    Why is SIGACT news behind the ACM pay wall?

  2. Paul Beame permalink
    March 27, 2013 10:35 pm

    This is the default for ACM-published materials. As a SIGACT member you can log in to read it without charge even if your institution does not subscribe.

  3. March 28, 2013 5:02 pm

    SIGACT News is a volunteer effort magazine and should be treated as such and should be widely available to any one interested (not just SIGACT members) instead of treating it as a formal publication hidden behind the ACM pay wall. This is my opinion.

    • March 28, 2013 6:37 pm

      I sympathize with this point of view. In some sense everything our community publishes is a “volunteer effort”. In addition to the volunteer part, I think that SIGACT News actually costs more to produce than the SIGACT member dues so I also see why ACM would want to recoup costs. SIGACT News has been both a news publication and as well as having original research papers (e.g., P-completeness of the Circuit-Value Problem) and original research syntheses that appear regularly in many of the columns. It may be worth considering alternative modes of running SIGACT News in which it more resembles a news feed or in which it is augmented by a news feed.

      • March 28, 2013 6:40 pm

        My guess is that the costs have to do with paper production and distribution. Maybe we should simply get rid of that.

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