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Attend: Tuesday April 5th 5-5:50 PM Roman IV Room.


2011 SAS Global Forum Panel Discussion on

ABSTRACT Future Directions - A Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will be led by several power users of the site, with input from the principal architects and experts.

The site is sponsored by the SAS® Global Forum Users Group and is based on wiki technology (the same software that drives Wikipedia) and is not at all like a traditional Web site. The panel will discuss how this collaborative networking facility can be leveraged to support your use of SAS® software.

  • The topics to be addressed include:
    • Types of information that are available on
    • Tips for successfully finding information on
    • Recent enhancements
    • Future directions and future enhancements
  • From the audience; share your hopes and asperations for
    • What is something special that offers you?
    • What would you love to see available through
    • How can the sasCommunity Advisory Board help you with your sasCommunity experience?

Extensive audience participation is planned. Come prepared with your suggestions and questions. Regardless of whether you are an active user or you've never visited, there will be something in the panel discussion for you.

Let us know if you have other topics for us to consider in the discussion. Post your comments and questions here:

Please post your questions/topics/concerns by editing the Questions From the Floor section below.


  • is sponsored by the Executive Board of the SAS Global Users Group.
    • wiki collaborative environment
  • is goverened by the Community Advisory Board
    • operating under the aspecies of the Executive Board of the SAS Global Users Group
    • made up of members of the EB, user community, and SAS support staff
  • sasCommunity is hosted on hardware supplied by SAS Institute Inc
  • Available for all in the SAS community
    • free to use
    • anyone, including SAS employees, are encouraged to create, edit, and contribute to
  • Introduction of the Panelists

Panel Participants

Each participant should have a minute or two to introduce themselves and state why they are on the CAB and what their goals are for sasCommunity.

  • Art Carpenter has been using SAS® since 1977 and has served in various leadership positions in local, regional, national, and international user groups. He is a SAS Certified Advanced Programmer and through California Occidental Consultants he teaches SAS courses and provides contract SAS programming support nationwide.
  • Phil Miller is a long time SAS User (going back to pre SAS 72 days) who is a Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University [1]. The Division supports a number of NIH supported data coordinating centers. SAS is heavily used in data management, including using SAS/IntrNet to support distributed data entry [2]. He was the first recipient of the SAS User Feedback Award given each year at SUGI and has attended all of the SUGI and SGF annual conferences.
  • Michael A. Raithel is a senior systems analyst for Westat and a 25-year SAS® user. He is the author of three books on SAS software, has written and presented over 30 SAS technical papers, is a frequent invited speaker at SAS conferences, and is a content contributor to
  • Joe Kelley is a long time SAS user (still has his SAS 76 manual) and list owner of SAS-L at the University of Georgia (UGA).
  • Murphy Choy is a long time SAS user and is currently an instructor in the Singapore Management University. He is a Certified Advanced Programmer and an active contributor to several SAS discussion forums. He is currently involved in the development of online SAS materials such as Vodcast and online tips and tricks for the Singapore SAS user group.

Discussion Topics

(topics to be introduced by panel members)

  • Goals of the Site (Art)
    • mission statement
    • Community Advisory Board
  • Brief history of the site (Art)
    • Daily Tips for over a year!
  • Recent additions (Art)
    • User papers from SUGI 1 - 21
    • Point system for sasCommunity contributors
    • Announce Contribution Contest
  • Upcoming features (Murphy)
    • what we are currently working on
      • information hub (portal to other SAS sites)
      • Sasopedia
  • Future directions
    • sasCommunity wish list
      • link articles to user group papers
      • Use sasCommunity as a user group paper application system
      • We need your input
    • Wiki extensions
  • User feedback and suggestions from the audience
    • how can we increase user participation?
    • What would you like to see added to your sasCommunity?

Questions From the Floor

Please update this section with questions and topics for the Panelists to consider in advance of SAS Global Forum. Note that the panelists will be priming the pump with some sample questions.

Followup Discussion from Panelists

I particularly liked the suggestion that the users of the site personnally invite the participation of younger users. - Point noted and gardener will be out to recruit more gardeners.

- More gardeners needed.
- There is a need for more structured approach in managing article review.
- We can get more articles posted by requesting for rejected papers to SGF to be posted here.

Prior Year Panel Discussions

The links below provide access to panel discussions at prior year conferences.