About SIGCIS - Community Values

SIGCIS Community Values

  1. We study the past: SIGCIS is a community dedicated to studying the past of information technology. We tackle this common task using many disciplinary perspectives and analytical methods.
  1. We embrace SHOT’s call for openness and pluralism: SIGCIS welcomes SHOT’s description of SIGs as groups aimed at “bringing together scholars and professionals with interests in specific fields of the history of technology.”
  1. We aim to bring people and institutions together: SIGCIS values our community’s ability to bring together people from a broad range of institutions—which include universities, museums, libraries, clubs, corporations, and professional associations. Our members also include independent scholars, journalists, and others with an interest in history. Students at all levels of their training are welcome, and we have a commitment to providing training, mentoring, and fellowship opportunities for their professional development.
  1. We are strengthened by our community’s diversity: SIGCIS recognizes that our members’ social diversity and breadth of disciplinary approaches constitute our core strengths as a scholarly community.
  1. We are committed to supporting our community’s diversity: SIGCIS does not tolerate oppressive behavior. This includes, but is not limited to, objectification, online or off-line harassment, and stereotyping or discriminating based on gender, race, class, national origin, religion, or professional affiliation and background.

Adopted by unanimous approval of SIGCIS Officers, August 2017

For further reading:

American Historical Association Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct

Ada Initiative resources on conference codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies