Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the first issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.

This issue is full of opportunities that SIGMM gives you in 2013. Inside you find the calls for nominations for SIGMM’s three main awards: The SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, awarded for lasting contributions in our field, the SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, awarded for the best thesis in our field that was defended in the 12 months of 2012, and the Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award for the best paper that was published in an issue of TOMCCAP in 2012.

One of the major changes in SIG life is upcoming: SIGMM elects new chairs, and we want to remind you to cast your vote. Our current chair, Klara Nahrstedt, gave an interview for the Records on the issue of ACM Fellowships.

Three PhD thesis summaries are included in this issue, and in our regular columns, you can read news from the 103rd MPEG meeting, in the education column you can learn about a practice book on visual information retrieval, and a toolset for DASH is presented in the open source column.

Of course, we include also a variety of calls for contribution. Please give attention to two particular ones: TOMCCAP is calling for special issue proposals, a major opportunity because TOMCCAP publishes only one special issue per year; and details about the ACM Multimedia Grand Challenges of 2013 are described in some detail. A lot of the other included calls refer to tracks and workshops of ACM Multimedia 2013, but also included are calls for some other events, and open positions.

Last but most certainly not least, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several job announcements.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz

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