The Executive Committee met in Seattle in August 1996 before and during the General Assembly, in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 1997 at the time of the Seventeenth European Crystallographic Meeting and in Arlington, USA, in July 1998 at the time of the American Crystallographic Association annual meeting. The Finance Committee met in March 1996, August 1996, March 1997, August 1997, March 1998 and July 1998, to prepare its advice and recommendations on finances, establishment and staff matters.

The most important items of business dealt with by the Executive Committee during the triennium at these meetings, and in postal ballots between meetings, were:

(1) editorial policy, pricing policy and subscription rates, consideration of appointment of new Editors for Acta Cryst. Section C and the Journal of Applied Crystallography, approval of appointments of Co-editors, electronic publishing, Special Issues, format of offprints, and other matters concerning the IUCr journals;

(2) appointment of a Promotions Representative;

(3) approval of the audited accounts for the previous year;

(4) the General Fund estimates and the level of the unit contribution;

(5) investment policy;

(6) funding and uses of the Publications and Journals Development Fund and the Research and Education Fund;

(7) sponsorship and financial support for meetings, including young scientists' support;

(8) cooperation with databases, including relations between the IUCr and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre and between the IUCr and the Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe;

(9) progress with Volumes A, A1 (formerly H), B, C, D, E, F and G of International Tables and development of associated software, consideration of suggestions for new volumes;

(10) the IUCr Newsletter, the Tenth Edition of the World Directory of Crystallographers;

(11) fiftieth anniversary of the IUCr;

(12) appointment of the Selection Committee for the fifth Ewald Prize;

(13) discussion of the arrangements for the Glasgow General Assembly and Congress;

(14) approval of the membership of the Programme Committee for the Glasgow Congress;

(15) level of financial support for the Glasgow Congress;

(16) importance of crystallography;

(17) nominations for Officers of the IUCr and for Chairs and members of Commissions, and proposals from the National Committees for these positions.

Other items dealt with in this way were:

(18) consideration of a proposal to establish an Inter-Union Bioinformatics Group;

(19) the implementation of the Crystallographic Information File (CIF) for Acta Crystallographica and other uses of CIF, patent application and adoption of the STAR file and CIF by other bodies, work of the Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS), provision of checking services to other publishers;

(20) approval of publications, jointly with Oxford University Press, in the IUCr/OUP Book Series;

(21) charges for visas;

(22) crystallography in Africa;

(23) use of financial support through ICSU;

(24) access to large-scale research facilities;

(25) review of the activities of Commissions;

(26) review of the activities of Regional Associates;

(27) review of the reports of IUCr Representatives on other bodies.


Items concerning the Chester office were:

(28) staffing requirements in the IUCr office in Chester;

(29) upgrading of office technology in the IUCr office in Chester, provision of Internet services, domain site name, formation of an IUCr web editorial board, and establishment of mirror sites.

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