In 2013, I joined the EATCS council. Here is what I promised to do:
I am a candidate for the EATCS council. My program consists of three items. The first item is something where I promise concrete action, the remaining two are more speculative.
- I will support open access, in particular for ICALP proceedings.
- In the long term, I think that the TCS community should move from publishing in conferences to publishing in journals. The ensuing travel is a waste of time and money. It is not clear to me how the EATCS can help solve this problem right now, without losing the accumulated prestige capital of ICALP. Maybe ICALP could move to a continuous submission model like VLDB?
- It is my impression that the current EATCS members are mainly people who have recently attended ICALP, which is a bit random. Membership should be made more representative. Maybe we should make membership free (but still feed EATCS from an ICALP tax)?
Update. The first item is solved: starting with 2016, ICALP will be using the open access LIPICS system. As it turned out, this idea had overwhelming support inside the council.