SEUGI 1983-2003 Conference Proceedings Online
From 1983 through 2003, SAS users and SAS developers in Europe gathered together in conference, annually, both to share the unique ways they use SAS in their diverse work environments and to reveal new functionality. At the end of each annual conference, the SAS European Users Group International (SEUGI) collected all the individual papers (and posters) which were presented in conference proceedings which were published in various methods over those years ranging from paper only, paper and CD, CD only and, most recently, via web only. These historical proceedings contain a vast number of papers which contain methods and techniques that are not available anywhere else to the SAS User Community.
To address this, the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board began a project in May 2012 to digitally capture SEUGI 1983 through SEUGI 2003 proceedings and make them available to the global SAS Community.
- Each paper was transferred from paper to a digital image (thanks to SAS Publishing).
- The scanned files were converted by OCR into searchable digital files.
- An index was created cross-referencing each paper submitted during those 21 years by Conference year or number, by title, author, award won, and conference section it was assigned to.
This was done to be consistent with the existing archive processes existing such as Lex Jansen’s SUGI/SAS Global Forum repository. The papers from SEUGI 1983 through SEUGI 2003 are now available on both sasCommunity.org and Lex Jansen’s SEUGI site.
The concept behind this page on sasCommunity.org is a virtual bookshelf of the Proceedings where the contents of each of the conference proceedings are available to be viewed. It is hoped that eventually it can be used similar to the ones that might be on your bookshelf at home with the ability to use improved search capability previously unavailable for this corpus of conference papers.
Initially, the information will be available to the key word search capability within sasCommunity.org so that authors and titles can be easily retrieved. Hopefully, as more work is done, this access can be improved to include all the current aspects of the master index but other areas such a any paper which has a particular proc or type of product. Due to the inaccuracies of any OCR process, the various different fonts used, the paper quality, there is a lot of errors still in the text which was created by the OCR process. The images are high quality and key word search works quite well to get access to much of the content in these SEUGI papers. These additional papers combined with the previously available SUGI and SAS Global Forum papers create an excellent archive of how our users have used and continue to use SAS. Many of the techniques which started from users papers are now key elements of the SAS product suite.
A word of caution should be noted. Many of the techniques shown in these early papers have been superseded by better methods and techniques of subsequent releases of SAS. The papers do provide an excellent historical archive of how particular aspects of SAS products have evolved over time and how SAS has been attentive to the needs of their users.
We look forward to hearing about possible ideas to enhance this sasCommunity.org contribution from others and how to maximize its utility to us. We look forward to hearing what others believe can be done with this effort.