Sunday 30 October 2016

VPHA status update 2016-10-30

The email below was sent to 75 VPHA co-authors and 38 prospective co-authors. 

From: Puurunen Riikka
Sent: 30. lokakuuta 2016 17:26
To: info@
Cc: Puurunen Riikka; Sundqvist Jonas
Subject: VPHA status update 30.10.2016

Dear VPHA co-authors and prospective co-authors,

With this update, I would like to give an overview of the recent and future activities of the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA). The previous update was made on August 15, 2016, and this status update reviews the progress since then.  Read more below on the following topics:
  • Status of VPHA JVSTA manuscript
  • Organizational VPHA presentation at Baltic ALD 2016, St. Petersburg
  • ALD-history-evolving-file: reading and commenting status
  • New hashtags in Twitter related to ALD’s history
  • ALD History Blog one year old
  • ALD History Blog posts on other topics
  • Next steps 
With best regards,
Riikka Puurunen, VPHA coordinator
Riikka Puurunen (Dr.), Senior Scientist, Microsystems and Nanoelectronics; Project Manager (IPMA C)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tietotie 3, Espoo (P.O. Box 1000), FI-02044 Espoo (VTT), Finland

Status of VPHA JVSTA manuscript

The first scientific article resulting from the VPHA was submitted to JVSTA on September 30, thus exactly a month ago. I have not yet received feedback from the journal other than the submission confirmation. I believe that within some weeks, we should get a decision. I will communicate it to the VPHA co-authors right away after getting it.

There have been many communications to the VPHA group regarding this manuscript since August 15, and they can be accessed as posts in the ALD History Blog:

Organizational VPHA presentation at Baltic ALD 2016, St. Petersburg

The last planned conference presentation coming out from VPHA (Publication Plan, Item 12) was given as an invited talk at the Baltic ALD 2016 conference in St. Petersburg.

I think that the presentation managed to give a concise overview of the background of VPHA as well as the progress in understanding achieved during VPHA. The presentation and VPHA activities were highly appreciated by the organizers of the conference and well received by the international guests, too. Furthermore, as a result, I am happy to tell that three new people volunteered in VPHA. More people are still welcome to join and contribute.  

You can access the presentation through the following links in the webpage
*Live record of the presentation (partial), mp4 file
*Live record of the presentation (partial), Youtube
*Recorded powerpoint presentation (record taken on Oct 5 when giving the talk again at Prof Malygin’s laboratory)

Related ALD History Blog posts:

ALD-history-evolving-file: reading and commenting status

The current reading completion status in the ALD-history-evolving-file is 75.6% (at the end of August, completion status was 68%). There are still five publications without comments (we need to get hold of copies of some of those), 106 publications with just one comment, and 69 publications with two comments. There is thus still reading work to do.   

I have been planning to create a list again of the articles which still need commenting. We all have our main duties and as the finalizing of the JVSTA manuscript and creating the Baltic ALD presentation have taken more time than I expected, I did not get to overviewing the reading situation yet. Within the next weeks, I hope to be able to create a summary of what is still needed. In the meantime, all voluntary, proactive efforts related to reading and commenting are welcome; if you would like to read more but don’t know what to choose, please contact us at info@ (delete the space) and we’ll help.

Related ALD History Blog posts:

New hashtags in Twitter related to ALD’s history

ALD has become a game-changer in many fields. ALD has been discovered and independently developed (at least) twice by bright, inventive people, and there have been hundreds of more (or maybe better to say thousands?) involved in making it the worldwide success it is at the moment. Those people have undoubtedly said many things worth remembering. It would be nice to collect some of those memorable words together.

To collect and spread those memorable words, I recently started using two new “hashtags” in Twitter: #SuntolaQuote and #ALDepQuote. If you are a Twitter user and some powerful words ALD-related words come to your mind, please go ahead and tweet them. If you are not a Twitter user but would like to contribute, you can email me at the vtt address or at info@, and I can tweet them. In both cases, the source needs to be mentioned: who said it and when? If there is a written document to refer to, all the better.  

Related ALD History Blog posts:

ALD History Blog one year old

It was on October 25, 2015, that the ALD History Blog was created. There have been many learnings involved, and it may also be interesting to look at the statistics. I have written separate blog posts on both aspects:

ALD History Blog posts on other topics

There have been ALD History Blog posts also regarding the “GPC vs growth rate” discussion, ALD 2017 conference, and the Beneq blog which describes the history of ALE-EL displays:

Next steps

The goal is that we will finish the VPHA reading, and complete the lists of reviews, conferences, and ALD theses (PhD-equivalent and higher), for the situation at the end of 2016. There are certainly still items missing and as we would like to make the lists as complete as possible. The help of everyone (VPHA co-authors and others) is appreciated in helping to complete the lists.

Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust

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