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 * Ask Dan! - What progress was made in building AIS 
   SIG DSS in 2002?
 * ISDSS'03 Call for Papers, Ustron, Poland, July 13-16, 2003
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Ask Dan!
by Daniel J. Power

What progress was made in building AIS SIG DSS in 2002?

It is customary for the chair or president of a group to provide a 
periodic report on the most recent activities of the group and the plans 
going forward.  This Ask Dan! column is written in that context. I know 
some readers have been following the development of the Special Interest 
Groups of the Association for Information Systems and especially SIG 
DSS. For 2 years I have been working to create and establish SIG DSS.  
We have made progress and I want to thank all of the many friends who 
have helped.

SIG DSS has gone through some changes in the past six months that have 
clarified its domain and unified the topics related to decision support 
that are its focus.  Let me be more specific. In Spring 2002, Michael 
Goul and Karen Dowling of Arizona State University proposed to AIS that 
a SIG on Knowledge and Data Management should be established. Mike and 
Karen had emailed me as they worked on the proposal and I thought they 
had identified some topics that SIG DSS wasn't addressing and that 
needed more attention in AIS.  The issue of Knowledge Management is an 
especially broad research area and only some of the research has been 
directly related to decision support.  Overlap of the proposed SIG with 
the domain of SIG DSS did not seem to be a major problem except in the 
areas of data warehousing, data mining and expert systems.  

The proposal was thoughtful and identified topics that were relevant to 
AIS, but the AIS Council was apparently concerned about overlap issues 
and some members of the SIG DSS Advisory Board had similar concerns. At 
AMCIS 2002, I spoke briefly with Mike and Karen and mentioned the 
concerns and overlap issues. At that point it appeared two related SIGs 
might eventually evolve. That is NOT the case. I am pleased to report 
that we have merged and consolidated our efforts and clarified and 
expanded the domain of SIG DSS. 

The official name of the group is now the AIS Special Interest Group on 
Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management (SIG DSS). We have 
expanded our leadership team and increased our efforts to reach out to 
the decision support, data warehousing, data management and knowledge 
management constituencies.

In mid-October, Mike and I had a number of discussions about SIG DSS and 
the proposed AIS SIG on Knowledge and Data Management (SIG KDM). Based 
upon email comments and those discussions, we proposed and the SIG DSS 
Board approved the following:

1. Keep the name SIG DSS and change the descriptor to Special Interest 
Group on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management.

2. Clarify and revise the SIG DSS domain statement to explicitly include 
topics like data warehousing, data mining, expert systems, knowledge 
elicitation, decision process issues, knowledge management and other 
topics in the SIG KDM proposal.

3. Expand our SIG DSS leadership team to include Mike Goul, ASU, as Vice 
Chair of SIG DSS and Karen Dowling, ASU, as Program Chair.

4. Develop a set of by-laws for SIG DSS. Mike Goul will draft the 
initial version of this document for the next SIG DSS business meeting.

5. Conduct an election among SIG DSS members in Spring 2004.  At that 
time, we would elect a new Vice Chair for SIG DSS.  Mike would assume 
the duties of the Chair of SIG DSS at the AMCIS 2004 meeting and I would 
take on the role of Past Chair for one year. New elections would then be 
held each Spring.

6. Add Professor Henk Sol to the SIG DSS Advisory Board. Henk has been 
involved with DSS for many years and he will help insure a broad 
representation of decision support and knowledge management ideas as we 
go forward. Henk is currently Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy 
and Management at Delft University of Technology.

7. Coordinate AMCIS 2003 DSS related mini-tracks and investigate other 
SIG DSS activities for ECIS, PACIS, ICIS.  Karen Dowling is taking on 
this major task. We'll all want to volunteer to help with the program 

Well, the above list covers all of the major SIG DSS changes. The AIS 
Council was notified of this change in SIG DSS and the SIG KDM proposal 
was withdrawn.  Dennis Galletta helped us sort out the procedure issues. 
Thanks Dennis.

What about accomplishments in 2002? We had many good sessions at AMCIS 
2002. Hemant Bhargava, Merrill Warkentin and I coordinated the Decision 
Support Systems and Issues mini-track and Karen Dowling, David Schuff, 
and Robert St. Louis, all of Arizona State University, coordinated Data 
Warehousing, Data Mining and Data Management mini-tracks. The first SIG 
DSS business meeting was held at the AMCIS 2002 meeting in Dallas with 
approximately 30 people in attendance. The first SIG DSS newsletter was 
mailed in July 2002 and a second newletter in PDF format should be 
available soon. Many thanks to newletter editor Bob Greive, Oklahoma 
State. We have money in the bank and our Secretary/Treasurer, Ramesh 
Sharda, is a good steward of our resources. We have been forging 
relationships and cooperating with other groups interested in DSS like 
DSI, IAADS, ISDSS, and IFIP Working Group 8.3. 

What about the future? We plan to have a business meeting at AMCIS 2003 
in Tampa. We will probably host a membership recruiting reception at 
AMCIS 2003 or host a pre-ICIS workshop in Seattle, WA in December 2003.  
If we can find the resources, we may do both. We plan to expand the 
resources at the SIG DSS Web site.  I am hoping AIS will clarify how 
they want to handle SIG electronic resources, but feel free to suggest 
possibilities to Vijay Sugumaran, Oakland University, our Resource 
Chair. Vijay is maintaining a temporary SIG DSS web page at . We are 
still in a learning mode. Perhaps we can get some photos at AMCIS 2003 
for the site and we will try to put a draft of our bylaws on the SIG DSS 
site for comment. The original plan was a SIG DSS members-only site with 
a bulletin board, course syllabuses and reading lists for specialized 
DSS courses. We will try to leverage the DSS resources that are already 
in place on the Web. Quality resources and sustainability is what is 

Communication in a distributed group like SIG DSS is still a major 
challenge. We have tried a SIG DSS bulletin board and that was not 
successful and we are about to begin a SIG DSS LISTSERV ... we'll see 
what works.

We have made progress in developing SIG DSS in 2002, but we need to 
increase our membership.  SIG DSS is a big tent for information systems 
academics and practitioners interested in contributing to our 
understanding of decision support, knowledge and data management. 
Registration for AIS SIGs is now in progress. Currently, the annual dues 
for SIG DSS are USD $10 for AIS members. To become a Charter member of 
SIG DSS you will need to be a member of the Association for Information 
Systems (AIS) AND you'll need your AIS member number. If you've lost 
your AIS membership card or want to join AIS, contact For more information about SIG DSS or to 
volunteer, contact Dan Power ( Michael Goul 
( or Ramesh Sharda ( The AIS 
SIG page is at URL 


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ISDSS'03 Call for Papers, Ustron, Poland, July 13-16, 2003

The 7th International Conference of the International Society for 
Decision Support Systems (ISDSS'03) will be held in Ustron, Poland, July 
13-16, 2003. The theme of the conference is "DSS in the Uncertainty 
of the Internet Age". The Conference Chair is Prof. Tong X. Bui, 
University of Hawaii and the Conference Co-Chair is Prof. 
Henryk Sroka, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. The deadline 
for submissions to ISDSS'03 is Feb. 28, 2003. The official ISDSS'03 
Conference Web site is 


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