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Ask Dan!

What is the history of AIS SIG DSS: ISDSS?
by Dan Power

Approximately 20% of the subscribers to DSS News have some sort of
University connection and hence are probably familiar with the alphabet soup in
this Ask Dan! This answer is not directed at that segment of the readership. 
Rather this column is targeted to those in business, industry, not-for-profit 
organizations and government who read DSS News and wonder about what is
going on in the Decision Support Systems research world.

AIS SIG DSS: ISDSS refers to the Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Special Interest Group (SIG) on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data
Management Systems (DSS): The International Society for Decision Support Systems

The Association for Information Systems ( is "the premier
global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems." AIS
is an "international organization that seeks to identify, extend, unify,
and communicate knowledge in information technology (IT), systems (IS), and
management (IM)." In the past 10 years a number of Information Systems
groups have merged with AIS. In January 2001, the ISWorld mailing list announced
that the Association for Information Systems Board of Directors had
decided to create Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in broadly defined IS research
areas and requested proposals. My Ask Dan! in the DSS News of February 11,
2001, sought responses from people interested in forming an "AIS special
interest group related to data management and decision support". The Ask Dan!
column of March 3, 2002 summarizes the founding of SIG DSS.  AIS Council
approved SIG DSS in mid-December 2001. Six AIS members, S. Alter, J.
Courtney, R. Sharda, V. Sugumaran, M. Turoff, and H. Watson, joined me in
submitting the proposal for SIG DSS that was approved. In Fall 2002, the SIG DSS
leadership team was expanded to include Paul Gray (Claremont) as Founding
Past Chair, Mike Goul (ASU) as Vice Chair, and Karen "Dowling" Corral (ASU) as
Program Chair. At that time the scope was broadened to include knowledge

In Fall 2003, the by-laws of AIS SIG DSS were in the drafting process and
an agreement was reached to merge the International Society for Decision
Support Systems (ISDSS) with SIG DSS. As part of the merger, Clyde Holsapple
(U. Kentucky) and Andrew Winston (U. Texas-Austin) joined the SIG DSS
Advisory Board and in December 2003 AIS Council accepted our group's by-laws
formally creating AIS SIG DSS: ISDSS.

ISDSS was founded in 1989 by Professors Holsapple, Whinston and others "to
promote an active flow of ideas and knowledge among persons working in
decision support systems and related fields." The International Society for
Decision Support Systems (ISDSS) was the first international society devoted
to the advancement of decision support system research, practice, and
education. In pursuing these goals, ISDSS organized a number of international
conferences with refereed papers, plenary speakers and structured idea
exchanges. The conferences had registration caps of 80-90 attendees and sought
the best of current thinking on DSS topics.
The first conference, ISDSS'90, was held at the University of Texas, in
Austin, Texas in September 1990. The second ISDSS Conference was held in Ulm,
Germany in May 1992 with the theme "Exploring the Next Generation of
Decision Support Systems". Professor Dr. F. J. Radermacher chaired the meeting.
In 1995 the 3rd International Society for Decision Support Systems
conference was held in Hong Kong, June 22-23, 1995. The conference was held at the
University of Science and Technology. Prof. Tung Bui was the program chair.

ISDSS'97, the 4th Conference of the International Society for Decision
Support Systems was held at the Ecole des HEC, University of Lausanne,
Switzerland, July 21-22 1997. Prof. Andy Boynton (IMD, Switzerland) and Prof. Yves
Pigneur (Ecole des HEC of The University of Lausanne, Switzerland) were
the co-chairs. 

The Fifth International Conference was held in Melbourne, Australia July
20-23, 1999. The theme was "Decision Support in the New Millennium". The
Conference Chair was Prof. Frada Burstein, Monash University, Australia.  The
Program Co-Chairs were Tung X. Bui, University of Hawaii, USA and David
Arnott, Monash University, Australia. The 6th ISDSS Conference (ISDSS'01) was
held July 2-4, 2001, London, United Kingdom.

In 2003, the 7th international conference (ISDSS'03) was held in Ustron,
Poland July 13-16, 2003. The theme was "DSS in the Uncertainty of the
Internet Age". The conference was hosted by the Department of Computer Science of
the Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. The
Conference Chair was Tung X. Bui, University of Hawaii, and the Conference
Co-Chair was Henryk Sroka, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland.

The 8th International Conference for AIS SIG DSS: the International
Society for Decision Support Systems (ISDSS'05) is intended to promote discussion
and interaction among members of the information systems community with
research interests in cutting edge decision support systems topics. The theme
is "Trends in DSS Research and Practice". The conference will be held July
12-15, 2005 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It is hosted by the School of
Management of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). The Conference
Chair is Denis Borenstein, UFRGS, and Program co-chairs, Frada Burstein,
Monash University, Australia and João Luiz Becker, UFRGS. More information
can be found at the conference homepage .

AIS SIG DSS: ISDSS also in sponsoring a major program track at the
Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS'05) in Omaha, Nebraska, August
11-14, chaired by Karen Corral (ASU). The track includes 8 mini-tracks.
Check Karen was recently elected Vice Chair of AIS
SIG DSS: ISDSS and begins that job July 1, 2005. 

The upcoming Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
chaired by Prof. Tung Bui, University of Hawaii, also includes tracks on Decision
Support, Collaborative Technologies, and Knowledge Management. PACIS is in
Bangkok, Thailand, July 7-10, 2005.

So if you are interested in fostering and participating in the evolution
of the Decision Support, Data and Knowledge Management field, you should
become a member of SIGDSS: The International Society for Decision Support
Systems. This is a broad based international group that provides a home for
professors and Information Systems practioners. AIS SIG DSS: ISDSS will
benefit from your help and support. Please direct suggestions for additional
SIGDSS:ISDSS programs, publications, and activities to Prof. Ramesh Sharda
( or Prof. Karen Corral ( 


Power, D., "What is SIG DSS?", DSS News, Vol. 3, No. 5, March 3, 2002.


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5. AMCIS 2005 with SIG DSS mini-tracks in Omaha, Nebraska, 
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