Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,

Welcome to the December issue of the SIGMM Records in 2011.

We can announce the first call for nominations for ACM SIGMM’s new award, the Nicolas Georganas TOMCCAP Award, which will be awarded for the best paper that was published in ACM TOMCCAP in 2011. You can also find the call for another award, the ACM History Fellowship award.

We are pleased to introduce to you a new columnist for the Records. Pablo Cesar will from this issue on report about an Open Source project in every issue. This issue talks about LIRe, an image retrieval library.

Christian Timmerer reports from the 98th MPEG meeting, which concluded some important work and is preparing for new challenges.

The education column presents a book on image and video processing that you may find interesting in your teaching. You can also find a report from Ed-Media, a conference that discusses the use of multimedia for education.

You can also read the PhD thesis summaries provided by three candidates who have recently passed their doctoral exams, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several announcements from ACM and SIGMM.

With this, the editors of the SIGMM Records conclude their work in 2011 and wish you all an enjoyable and successful year 2012..

The Editors

Stephan Kopf
Viktor Wendel
Lei Zhang
Pradeep Atrey
Christian Timmerer
Pablo Cesar
Carsten Griwodz

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