Conference Announcement

Fri, 7 Jan 1994 20:59:49 EST

Computing for the Social Sciences 1994 Conference (CSS94), June 1-3, 1994,
University of Maryland at College Park. (NOTE: This is a new date, rescheduled
to allow a wider range of participants to attend.) Theme: "Information
Society: Superhighway or Gridlock?" This theme resonates to the great interest
in the future National Information Infrastructure, that will serve
governmental, educational, commercial and scientific institutions. College
Park is part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, served by the
efficient Washington Metro subway and several other transportation systems.
The registration fee of $150 includes two lunches and a dinner. Dr. Charles
Wellford of the University of Maryland is the Conference Chair and can be
contacted at 301-405-4699, fax 301-405-4733, e-mail:

CSS94 solicits original papers relating to social science and computing which
report new research, survey or review emerging trends, research in progress,
proposed research projects, or innovative applications. Suggestions are also
welcome for panels, short workshops, and demonstrations of
software/hardware/data applications. Submissions need not relate to the
conference theme, but CSS94 is especially interested in work that in some way
concerns the National Information Infrastructure (the universal electronic data
network), including social-scientific studies that analyze this development
from critical as well as supportive standpoints. For papers, a 1-2 page
abstract should be submitted by March 1, 1994, by e-mail or regular mail.
Persons wanting to submit proposals for panels, workshops or special
presentations should discuss them with us as soon as possible by e-mail or
telephone. Please contact: William Sims Bainbridge, Sociology Program,
National Science Foundation, NSF address: 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington,
Virginia 22230 (703-306-1756, extension 6950). E-mail:

CSS94 is the professional meeting for the Social Science Computing Association
(SSCA). The Social Science Computing Association (SSCA) was founded at the
1990 Conference on Computing for the Social Sciences (CSS90), Williamsburg,
Virginia, which was co-sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau and Oak Ridge
National Laboratory. The purpose of SSCA, which is an interdisciplinary
organization, is to promote the development of computing within the social
sciences through organized activities and the interchange of ideas, data,
teaching materials, experiences, research results, and other resources. The
term "computing" is interpreted in a broad sense encompassing information
technology and electronic networks using computers, and the term "social
sciences" includes all rigorous approaches to understanding human society,
including notably history, and all applied disciplines involving social science

CSS91, CSS92, and CSS93 were held at the University of Georgia, the University
of Michigan, and the University of Illinois, respectively. The theme for the
Illinois conference was "Grand Challenges for Social Science Computing." A
white paper on the topic entitled "Using the National Information
Infrastructure for Social Science, Education, and Informed Decision Making" is
available from The current SSCA president is Bruce Tonn, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, and the current president elect is William
Bainbridge, National Science Foundation. Past presidents are Ed Carpenter,
University of Arizona, and Doug White, University of California, Irvine.

SSCA has a professional publication, the Social Science Computer Review
(SSCORE). G. David Garson, North Carolina State University, is the Editor, and
Ronald Anderson, University of Minnesota, is the Co-Editor. Membership in SSCA
and a subscription to SSCORE for: individuals is $48; libraries and
institutions, $80, and students, $24. Please contact Duke University Press by
phone at 919-684-6837, fax 919-684-8644. The address is Duke University Press,
Journals Division, Box 90660, Durham, NC 27708-0660. Duke will accept
personal checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard). As a final note, please
add $8 for postage outside the U.S. and Canadian residents please add 7% GST.
Please contact Bruce Tonn at (615-574-4041) for further
information about SSCA.