Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.
SIGMM has elected a new board, to guide the SIG through the next couple of years and develop it further. The new board, under the chairmanship of Professor Shih-Fu Chang introduces itself in this issue of the Records.
Among the first acts of the new board was the call for bids for ACM Multimedia 2016, announced also in this issue.
Of course, we have also several other contributions: the OpenSource column introduces OpenIMAJ, while the MPEG column brings the press release for the 104th MPEG meeting. We can also reveal a change of leadership in FXPal, a research company with many SIGMM members in its ranks and a former SIGMM chair as departing president.
We put also a spotlight on the ongoing season for MediaEval, the multimedia benchmarking initiative, and we include four PhD thesis summaries in this issue.
Of course, we include also a variety of calls for contribution. Please give attention to two particular ones: TOMCCAP has chosen its special issue topic for 2014 and includes a call for papers in this issue of the Records. And also MTAP has issued a special issue call for paper.
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.
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz