ERIC Number: ED046432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Professionalism in the Computer Field.
This report is based on a roundtable discussion held on January 21 and 22, 1970. The meeting was called by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) because of the concern felt by many in the computing profession for a better understanding of what is meant by "professionalism," and the associated question of "professional responsibility." Recommendations resulting from these discussions include: (1) Accreditation should receive greater support from both professional societies and employers and should be backed up by an extensive public information program; (2) A comprehensive certification program should be initiated based on a meaningful set of job descriptions; (3) One or more codes of public responsibility should be developed by the professional societies. Grievances should be considered by a Panel of Public Responsibility; (4) The industry must develop better statistical data on itself. The AFIPS activities in this area should be increased and industry and government are urged to cooperate; and (5) AFIPS activities should be increased so as to keep the general public informed of a technology which is playing an increasingly important role in their lives. It is suggested that financial support to implement these recommendations be sought from such sources as user groups, government agencies and private foundations. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Certification, Computer Science, Ethics, Professional Associations, Professional Personnel, Public Relations
AFIPS Press, 210 Summit Ave., Montvale, New Jersey 07645 ($3.00)
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Sponsor: American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Montvale, NJ.
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Note: Report of Roundtable Meeting, chaired by the Honorable Willard Wirtz, Airlie Foundation, Warrenton, Va., Jan. 21-22, 1970