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Society Launches Computing Now Site

The IEEE Computer Society's latest online offering, Computing Now, aggregates new print and online content from the IEEE Computer Society's 14 peer-reviewed magazines into one website ( http://computingnow.computer.org). Each month, Computing Now highlights coverage of hot topics such as green computing, game technology, and cloud computing from a cross-section of Computer Society magazines. As each magazine goes to press, Computing Now updates its rotating selection of free articles, columns, and departments.

Varied Content

Among other offerings on Computing Now are Editors' Top Picks, a list of free monthly articles on topics like computer games and agile computing; the Computer Society Newsfeed, which delivers daily computing news updates; the Media Center, a rich source for podcasts, videos, and webinars; and reviews of technology books, including those from IEEE Software and IEEE Distributed Systems Online magazines. Site visitors can subscribe and contribute to From the Editors, a participatory real-time blog, which brings visitors in contact with the Computer Society's experts and leaders. Finally, an online survey gives visitors the opportunity to voice an opinion on a different topic each week.

Volunteer Leaders

The founding volunteer editor of Computing Now is Dejan Milojicic, a senior research manager at HP Labs. Milojicic has figured prominently in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems since the 1980s and has served as a member of standardization bodies the Object Management Group and the Global Grid Forum. He is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and Usenix. Milojicic received BS and MS degrees from the University of Belgrade and a PhD from the University of Kaiserslautern. He's also editor in chief of IEEE Distributed Systems Online and on the IEEE Internet Computing editorial board.

The founding volunteer associate editor of Computing Now is Mark Baker, a research professor of computer science at the UK's University of Reading, where he leads research and development efforts in middleware for parallel and distributed systems. Baker is a senior member of the IEEE and received a PhD in maritime technology from Cardiff University.

To share feedback or suggestions, contact computing_now@computer.org. To receive regular updates on Computing Now, sign up for the newsletter at http://computingnow.computer.org/newsletter.

Computer Society e-Learning Site Usage Up

The IEEE Computer Society e-Learning campus consists of four major collections of books, articles, certifications, tutorials, and other educational materials that have been subjected to rigorous peer review by expert Computer Society volunteers.

A key component of the e-Learning campus is an unparalleled compendium of more than 1,300 self-paced online courses that cover a variety of technical topics. From January 2007 to the present, nearly 1,000 users per month enrolled in an online course, bringing the total number of computer professionals who have advanced their knowledge via Computer Society courses to more than 15,000. Many users return regularly and often.

Currently, the 10 most popular course titles from the e-Learning campus are:

  • TCP/IP: Introduction and Advanced
  • Project+ Certification (Part 1): Project Initiation and Scope Definition
  • Cisco CCNA 1.2 Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices
  • Certified Ethical Hacker: Hacking Process
  • Certified Ethical Hacker: Additional Hacking Tools
  • C++ Programming: Introduction
  • NET Framework: Introduction
  • IT Project +: A CompTIA Certification
  • Managing Projects: Second Edition
  • CISSP (Part 1): Establishing Data Systems and Access Control

Other highlights of the e-Learning campus include the Certified Software Development Professional certification, a highly respected credential that validates the skills and qualifications of experienced software professionals, and the Certified Software Development Associate certification, aimed at beginning software development and software engineering associates. For more information, visit the Computer Society certification pages at www.computer.org/certification.

The e-Learning campus also encompasses the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library, which offers access to the archives of all current and past Computer Society publications, and a bookshelf of more than 500 technical books that are available free to Society members. Also available are IEEE ReadyNotes, a collection of guidebooks and tutorials that serve as a quick-start reference for busy computing professionals, and discounted access to a further 6,000 technical book titles via Books24x7.

To learn more about the IEEE Computer Society e-Learning campus, visit www.computer.org/elearning.

Society Offers Half-Year Memberships at 50 Percent Off

Half-year memberships in the IEEE Computer Society offer all the perks, premium content, and professional opportunities afforded to every member of the Society, including periodical subscriptions, online archive access, and conference discounts.

Membership in the Society is annualized to and expires on 31 December each year. Between 16 August and the last day of February, only full-year applications are accepted, and membership plus subscriptions run from January to December. Between 1 March and 15 August, only half-year memberships are accepted. Half-year memberships and subscriptions begin in July and end in December, although all online benefits and services are available as soon as an application is accepted with payment.

A half-year membership in the IEEE Computer Society costs $110, which includes membership in the IEEE. Stand-alone memberships in the Computer Society are available for $57. Any optional subscriptions taken are also subject to prorating at the half-year rate, including access to the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library, a notable value at only $61. All Computer Society members receive Computer, the Society's flagship publication.

World Computing Conference Highlights Cooperation

Organized under the auspices of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), of which the IEEE Computer Society is an increasingly active member, the 20th World Computer Congress takes place from 7 to 10 September in Milan, Italy. The cross-disciplinary biannual event addresses the research, academic, and commercial facets of information and computer technology. WCC 2008 highlights basic themes in informatics research and development, and integrates dialog on technology issues with business cross-themes.

IFIP presents the conference in cooperation with the Italian Association for Informatics and Automatic Calculus (AICA.)

Said Giulio Occhini, AICA general manager, "During the four days of congress reports, we have scheduled testimonials from influential persons in the institutional, academic and corporate sectors who will debate the topics connected to the impact of informatics technologies on business process with a specific focus on areas such as education, cultural heritage, entertainment and sport, textiles and fashion, and tourism or e-government."

Hosted conferences at WCC include Globalization in the Digital Scenario, E-Inclusion, Women & Technologies, and the AICA 46th National Congress. Technical conferences at WCC include Biologically Inspired Cooperative Computing, History of Computing and Education, IFIP Artificial Intelligence, and Knowledge Management in Action. A topical session on computer-aided innovation rounds out the program.

Established in 1960 by UNESCO, IFIP is a non-governmental, nonprofit umbrella organization of national societies working in the field of information technology. With a total membership of more than 500,000, the federation represents societies from 56 countries on five continents. IFIP also organizes more than 3,500 scientists from academia and industry who are arranged into nearly 100 working groups that report to 13 technical committees. IFIP plans a "soft launch" of its new International IT Professional accreditation program at WCC 2008. More information is available on the Web at www.ifip.org.

More than 2,000 professionals from at least 70 countries are expected to attend WCC 2008. Conference fees total $870 for IEEE and Computer Society members, based on early registration before 30 June. To learn more, visit www.wcc2008.org.

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