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What kind of organisation is AoIR?
What does AoIR try to do?
Where did AoIR come from?
Who’s who in founding AoIR?
AoIR awards of life membership for service
Who’s Who in founding AoIR?
Many people were involved in the formation of the Association, most notably Steve Jones, the founding President. Steve continues to have a role in managing the association as the formal officer responsible for managing and maintaining AoIR’s tax-exempt status as an incorporated body in the state of Delaware. Steve’s enormous contribution to Internet Research and to AoIR can never be forgotten and much of what we now have is due to him.
However, as Steve would be the first to point out in his self-effacing way, AoIR was not a one-man band. Nancy Baym, who succeeded Steve as President in 2003, was a key player and organised the first conference at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 2000. Jeremy Hunsinger served as Program Chair for that conference and, from AoIR’s inception until late 2005 provided enormous support to the Association by building and managing its technical infrastructure. He was ably assisted in this role by Charlie Breindahl who helped keep the air-l running for many years. Ben Bates served for 6 years as the Association’s inaugural treasurer, managing the complexities of a global, distributed organisation (with very little money) and keeping us in the black. Ulla Bunz, when not designing AoIR t-shirts , served for several years as secretary and general organiser. Sean Cubitt, Beth Kolko, Matthew Gates Stoner, Fay Sudweeks, Matthew Williams, and Diane Witmer were all inaugural AoIR executive members and contributed much to the original formation of the Association.