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2002 ACM SIGGRAPH Membership Survey Results

 

Below is a tabulation of the results from the 2002 Membership Survey. The survey was conducted by selecting 1200 random ACM SIGGRAPH members whose email preferences indicated they were willing to receive mail from ACM SIGGRAPH. A custom email was sent to each such member explaining the survey and providing a URL to the survey form with demographic information pre-filled. 154 emails bounced, meaning about 1046 emails reached their destination. 230 responses were received, for a 21% response rate.

 

Part 1 - Demographics Questions

 

1. Which of the following is your rough idea of how much membership in ACM SIGGRAPH costs for one year?

$20

12%

$30

46%

$50

29%

$75

9%

$100

4%

 

2. Are you currently a member of ACM, our parent organization?

Yes

71%

No

21%

Not sure

8%

 

3. Have you ever in the past been a member, but allowed your ACM SIGGRAPH membership to lapse?

Yes

20%

No

73%

Not sure

7%

 

4. If you answered “yes” to question #5 above, please check the primary reason(s) that you allowed your membership to lapse.

Too expensive

16%

Not planning on attending conference

14%

Didn’t perceive any benefit

18%

Need to limit memberships

6%

Not enough time

22%

Other

25%

 

5. ACM SIGGRAPH membership is currently $27/year, or $20/year for students. Do you think these dues are –

Very inexpensive

4%

Inexpensive

23%

About right

67%

Expensive

5%

 

6. Which of the following best describes the place you work?

Academia

37%

Industry

51%

Government/Non-profit

8%

None of the above

4%

 

7. Which option most closely matches your primary job function? (please select the one best option)

Film/Video Animator

7%

Engineer/Programmer

27%

Scientist, Researcher

15%

Web developer, Internet specialist

3%

MIS Specialist

2%

Owner, President, Executive

4%

Manager

7%

Graphic or Fine Artist

3%

Educator (faculty)

20%

Educator (technical staff)

1%

Student

9%

Other

3%

 

Part 2 - Current Membership Benefits

Avg Value (1-5)

% knew about

Std Dev

2001 Value

 


free online access to past SIGGRAPH proceedings

4.2

36

1.1

4


discount on SIGGRAPH conference attendance

4

93

1.3

4.3


discount on SIGGRAPH proceedings

3.8

74

1.2

3.9


knowledge that you are supporting worthy projects

3.7

73

1.2

3.7


knowledge that you are supporting the computer graphics community

3.6

92

1.2

3.7


access to the CG Bibliography Database

3.6

32

1.2

3.8


knowledge that you belong to your professional society

3.4

94

1.3

3.4


subscription to the Computer Graphics Quarterly

3.4

89

1.4

3.3


discount on the SIGGRAPH Video Review

3.4

60

1.3

3.8


member-only registration lines at the SIGGRAPH conference

3.1

56

1.5

3.8


discounts on small workshops and symposia

2.9

42

1.3

3.7


free email address at acm.org

2.6

52

1.3

3.4


free email address at siggraph.org

2.5

27

1.3

3.3

 

Part 3 – Potential Future Membership Benefits

Avg Value (1-5)

Std Dev

2001 Value


online access to archived video or audio recordings of the SIGGRAPH conference

3.9

1.2

3.9


online access to archived video or audio recordings of small conferences

3.6

1.2

3.8


access to salary survey data for the industry

3.5

1.4

3.6


ability to participate in an online computer graphics community

3.5

1.2

3.8


the ability to ask questions of experts in the field online in a message board

3.5

1.2

4.1


access to an online resume and job board

3.3

1.4

3.9


professional certification in your job

3.1

1.6

3.8


an ACM SIGGRAPH membership directory

3.1

1.2

3.5


an ACM SIGGRAPH-specific membership card

2.6

1.4

3.6


discount health or life insurance

2.3

1.5

3.3

 

Part 4 – Essay Questions

 

Below are some excerpts from responses to the two open-ended essay questions that ended the survey. Quite a few (about 20%) of the respondents actually entered something for these questions. The below are a sample of the responses; specific responses may have been edited to ensure they are not identifiable.

 

10. Are there other potential membership benefits that would be valuable to you?

 

On-line copies of publications done with something more advanced than a fax scanner (e.g., pdf).

 

Cover part of the cost of conference attendees

 

Discounts on software and hardware, or free beta-test copies. Shareware database for/by members.

 

Reduced or free membership in my local SIGGRAPH groups.

 

Employment opportunities

 

I know that there sections of the ACM SIGGRAPH dedicated to Education. I'd like to have a chance to know more about thair activity.

 

Something similar to the message board idea - It would be great if there was a way for art schools to have a request forum for guest speakers from the industry.

 

There needs to be more promotion of ACM SIGGRAPH outside of our industry. If I flash my membership card at Comdex or Flashinthecan.com it means nothing to them.

 

I like the idea that past SIGGRAPH proceedings would be available online. I currently have over 50 pounds of SIGGRAPH related literature.

 

Online membership processing for local professional chapters.

 

I like online/searchable access to journals, proceedings, papers, ....

 

I'd the quarterly magazine to become bi-monthly or even monthly if possible. Better discounts on books within the field, perhaps negotiate with amazon.com or another online store for a discount on computer books

 

Business start-up information.

 

Access to potential clients seeking consulting services for design and development of interactive applications (software, web applications, websites).

 

Significant discounts on books (30%-40% off). Discounts of 20%-30% off are easily found on the web.

 

Ability (and discount) to receive dvd's of electronic theatre.

 

More frequent publication (quarterly) of SIGGRAPH papers -- once a year is not enough, and papers that don't make the cut rarely make it to channels I see. I would like to see collaborative projects under the SIGGRAPH umbrella -- currently we lack even the proper forums to discuss and launch such a project. How about modest member web pages (say 5-10MB?). I'd also be very interested if SIGGRAPH could assist in patenting CG algorithms contributed by the community for the purpose of locking an algorithm into the public domain (I'd donate money to fund such an effort.) How about maintaining a database of CG objects? This could include geometry, images, movies, and so forth. First and foremost, why don't we have a forum for presenting and discussing ideas such as these? It should ideally be a mailing list, rather than a formalized channel such as letters or meetings.

 

Any kind of continuing professional education would be helpful. I try hard to keep up with current research. The courses at the annual conference are great: please make them available (either live or on video tape) year round!

 

Detailed list of job titles and their descriptions. This data should be generated from a survey...In order to see if the industry has standardized posistions and requirements

 

More networking of educational institutions and teachers.

 

1. On-line training courses administered by SIGGRAPH and/or discounts on on-line training course 2. Discounts on computer graphics software 3. Partnerships with major software vendors such as Adobe, Corel, Macromedia

 

Online mentorship in specific and general fields where industry luminaries help out or answer questions on career and research direction, funding sources, etc.

 

11. Do you have any other comments on ACM SIGGRAPH as a membership organization, or on any of the other topics in this survey?

 

Reduce the cost for third world members from 27 dollars to 10 dollars or below.

 

I would like to hear more about how the SIGGRAPH organization is participating in the relevant standards organizations, and what progress is being made in the development of those standards.

 

Producing a repository for Computer Graphics Educators with on-line slides for effective teaching. This may include standard exams, tests, etc,

 

I would like to see expanded local chapters.

 

Most of the most important benefits (ie the discounts) are also available to ACM general members, which reduces the value of the SIGGRAPH membership. Two valuable benefits that weren't mentioned above are the discounted subscriptions for conference proceedings, and the SIGGRAPH Proceedings DVD. The latter makes the membership fee quite reasonable but it seems to be a bonus, something that can stop at any time.

 

I think the membership is great and I'm always impressed by the quality of the proceedings and the videos. The DVD is particularly nice!

 

You are doing a great job!!!

 

In general, as a professional, I would find that online access to SIGGRAPH-related material would be highly valuable to me.

 

ACM SIGGRAPH is an international organisation. However, from a European perspective most of the members come from North America, most of the conferences and seminars are held there, the Computer Graphics tells us what is happening in North America etc. How does the organization support and relate to the rest of the world? This remains mostly unclear.

 

I feel that the Siggraph web site is confusing, this is a shame considering the wealth of information that is available.

 

If a message board is done, I think it should be moderated -- it might make it seem more "professional". There seems to be lots of rudeness out there -- very unprofessional!

 

It is good to see the continued efforts to improve SIGGRAPH and make it more valuable for its members. These benefits need to be more publicized, especially to our professional chapter members, who often are not part of the intenational SIGGRAPH. I would like to see the chapters emphasize the benefits of full membership to their local members and encourage them to join.

 

I have felt that the organization puts too much emphasis on the film community. I am in another industy which is very interested in these types of technology, but there is not much emphasis on it.

 

An idea I have been thinking of is organizing a analog to a serious book club for various technologies --- this would be in NYC where I live. Once a month - pick something like Bluetooth and dig deep. It would require the same level of commitment as a book club (that you both read the book and spend some time thinking about) and the same restictions on membership (that the group of people have a high level professional experience/education).

 

Great initiative here, thank you. Have been a loyal member of siggraph for many years; keep up the good work. The outreach to new communities (such as games) is important to diversity away from just hollywood animation, which has dominated the trade show lately.

 

As a multimedia designer, I work with digital video as well as multimedia products, web content, etc. I am disappointed at the coverage the annual conference gives to new media (flash, director, other interactive products). I feel the conference is geared towards 3D animators, and while I enjoy seeing all of the amazing products these artists produce, I would like to see the conference broaden its horizons as far as the types of media it embraces.

 

It is important to guide new members into the workings of the organization as a whole, as well as offering avenues for involvement and participation. Such simple goals could be accomplished via an optional e-mail-newsletter, highlighting local and or topics-of-interest to the new member. The organization also needs to strenghten its web presence. The idea of developing an archive is well overdue. Such an archive would not only provide information for those currently researching and creating in this field, but also be a source of inspiration for those eagerly awaiting to join the field of computer graphics.

 

I think SIGGRAPH is the best SIG group in ACM. I really enjoy it -- especially the annual SIGGRAPH conference.

 

I've attended a number of local professional chapter events and am grateful for them.

 

Since I'm mostly working in graphics, I would actually like a 'SIGGRAPH only' membership or something similar. The high percieved price of membership ($100) as opposed to the actual price ($27) reflects my feeling that I pay for ACM membership only to be able to get SIGGRAPH information. I don't feel that I receive any useful benefits from being an ACM member which goes beyond what SIGGRAPH offers me.

Ed. note – ACM SIGGRAPH membership can be purchased separately for $27/year. ACM Membership is not required unless you wish to subscribe to TOG or JGT.

 

SIGGRAPH must keep balance between movie people and other graphics people

 

The online access to research material is probably the most important to me.

 

I believe that ACM SIGGRAPH provides a lot of value in many ways to members and non-members a like. One question I have is 'Where does SIGGRAPH want to go next?' and 'What does SIGGRAPH want to become in five, or even ten years?'

 

Keep up the good work!