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Where Does CS STC CC Fit In?
Christine Miyachi
JUN 22, 2013 14:54 PM
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How does the IEEE CS STC CC (Computer Society Special Technical Community on Cloud Computing - now that's a long name!)  fit into the IEEE and the Computer Society?

 

The IEEE (find out all about it here: http://www.ieee.org/index.html) has been around since the mid 1800s and has about a quarter of a million members all over the world.   The IEEE through its societies sponsors publications and technical meetings also all over the world to serve this membership.  There are 39 societies within the IEEE, all of which focus on a narrower membership in a specific technical area. The largest of the societies is the Computer Society, with about 60,000-70,000 members.  The Computer Society started Special Technical Communities as a way to enable interested parties to interact and discuss a particular topic, cloud computing being one of those topics.  Thus, the STC CC was born in April 2012. 

 

The IEEE is supporting a series of initiatives, meant to be 3-year long focused efforts that cross society boundaries to encourage broad interactions between members.  The Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) was started to look at cross-society interests in cloud computing and big data, focusing on new publications and co-locating meetings, referred to as Cloud Congresses, with existing large cloud meetings hosted by the societies  Information about the initiative and some of the cross-society work can be found on the Cloud Computing Initiative portal http://cloudcomputing.ieee.org/.  This web site is loaded with resources on cloud computing. I personally try to spend several hours a week here reading and listening to content. 

 

The CS STC CC works closely with the IEEE CCI staff members to put content about cloud computing on their web site and social networking sites.  For example, we post cloud computing articles on the CCI's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.  We post articles on the CCI website and we plan to do much more in the future.

 

Our home web site www.computer.org/cc is for our volunteers and members so we can organize our activities.  Here you will find documents on our strategy, board meeting minutes, information on our sub teams, and, most importantly, a listing of our volunteer positions.  We are always in need of new volunteers. 

 

Why would anyone volunteer?  I can answer that!  I have been an IEEE and CS member for almost 30 years but I had never volunteered.  I was working full time and raising three children, and felt I didn't have the time.  However, when I started working in the area of cloud computing, I felt I needed to get involved in an organization where I would network with other professionals and learn about where this fast moving field is going.  The STC CC fit that need as I was able to volunteer and have an impact immediately.  I work with people all over the world that I normally wouldn't meet through my work or daily life, and that are doing cutting edge work in cloud computing. 

 

So now that you know how we fit in, I hope you spend some time exploring and please - consider joining our effort by volunteering.   Joining the STC CC is free and you do not have to be an IEEE or a Computer Society member to join.  We look forward to working with you!

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