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From Craig Dupree <craig.m.dup...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [austin-cug] Organization Meeting - Austin ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Date Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:27:49 GMT

Please slow down, and let the rest of us have a chance to catch up
with you.     You've gone from a simple idea - a group of us getting
together to work on Big Data programming projects - to something that
will require bylaws, and probably a trip or two to a lawyer.  Or maybe
lawyers if one can only advise us to what to do to organize the club,
but cannot address any tax liability questions.   It's not that I
think any of us would be nefarious, but I have been a member of a club
that was informally run like this.  When the organizer died, a lawyer
relative advised his wife to claim the group as a part of the estate,
and to charge us for continued use of the group's name, membership
lists, website, etc.  Even without that concern, there are some
immediate concerns.  What are the responsibilities of the offices
below?  How will the be elected?  How long will they serve?


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM, David Boney
<list@semanticartifacts.com> wrote:
> An organization meeting for forming an Austin chapter of the ACM Special
> Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) will be
> held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm at CoSpace. This was formerly
> advertised as Austin Hackers Dojo - Big Data Machine Learning. The meeting
> is open to the public and ACM membership is not required.
> Cospace is at the southwest corner of Lamar and Anderson, in a brown brick
> L-shaped building called Lamar Gateway. Cospace is upstairs right in the
> crook of the L (there's an elevator and stairs).911 W Anderson Lane Suite
> 203 | Austin TX 78757.http://cospaceatx.com/contact-us/
> The goal is to establish a professional group, under the auspices of ACM,
> Association of Computing Machinery, of Austin area software engineers,
> computer scientists, statisticians, and researchers who have an interest in
> machine learning, particularly big data machine learning. Big data machine
> learning algorithms are the cornerstone of many startup companies and at the
> leading edge of computational mathematics. One objective is to start a
> weekly hackers dojo to learn big data machine learning algorithms using
> Hadoop and Mahout to improve the skill set of the Austin software community.
> To form an ACM chapter we will need 10 people who are, or willing to become,
> both members of ACM and SIGKDD. We will need to elect a Chair, Vice Chair,
> and Secretary/Treasurer. ACM will provide us with an IRS EIN as a non-profit
> organization. This will allow a tax write-off for organizations that make
> donations to the group.
> Agenda
> 1. Vision
> 2. Organization
> 3. Virtual Dojo
> a. Technical Infrastructure
> 4. Votes
> a. ACM SIGKDD Officer Elections
> b. Meeting Day - many people are against Tuesday or Thursday
> c. Permanent Location
> 5. Topics / projects to study for the first couple of months
> Sincerely,
> David G. Boney
> list@semanticartifacts.com

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