For several years now CRA has sent anyone who was interested an electronic bulletin containing links to items of interest to the computing research community. While the content was always useful, the desire to aggregate links and not bombard subscribers with e-mail after e-mail meant that we’d let the bulletin ripen until we’d accumulated enough entries to make it worthwhile to send out. This had the disadvantage of making things a little less-than-timely. So it was time to evolve the format.
Behold, the new CRA Bulletin, now a blog complete with RSS feed for easy subscribing. CRA’s Jay Vegso is the curator of the blog. Here’s his description for the blog’s function:
The focus of the bulletin will be student/faculty demographic, workforce, and R&D information. My intention is to create a source for reliable information, like footnotes, rather than ‘breaking news’ or editorials. Rather than deal with large reports in a single entry, individual graphs or issues will be given their own entries. For example, Science & Engineering Indicators might have 10 entries, viewable by clicking on the S&E Indicators ‘category’ in the right-side menu.
Expect frequent cross-links from here to there as Jay comes across more juicy morsels to post. There’s already plenty of good content there, like Growth Among Computer/Math Sciences Workforce in the late 1990s, NSF Reports on Academic R&D Expenditures for FY 2002, Close to 40% of Those Employed in Computer and Math Science Occupations Do Not Have a B.S. Degree, and a whole lot more.