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A View From the 2009 European Computer Science Summit


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A recurring theme at Informatics Europe's recent European Computer Science Summit 2009, which took place Oct. 8-9 in Paris, was the concern that the European scientific community does not appreciate computing as a research discipline by itself, writes Computing Research Association (CRA) executive director Andrew Bernat. Participants said that researchers often view it merely as a tool for studying other subjects. At the meeting they proposed methods of making computer science more accessible to researchers of other disciplines.

Also at the meeting, Informatics Europe announced that it is conducting a survey similar to the CRA's Taulbee Survey, monitoring departmental evaluation methods. Computing experts worry that they will be judged by a panel with little knowledge of the discipline that will hold them to arbitrary standards. Informatics Europe will contribute its own suggestions for a panel and evaluation method. Participants generally hoped that university computing departments would not be subject to a European ranking system.

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