Some of the most exciting changes
in the world today result from advances in electronic communications. It doesn't really matter anymore what you do or where you live, new communication
technology is almost certainly
affecting how you work. For
technical professionals the impact is even greater and affects how we learn, how we do research, how we buy, how we publish, and how we communicate
with colleagues and our professional societies. A number of years ago, OSA realized how important these changes would become to members and responded by creating committees to advise the Society on the impact of, and the opportunities provided by, new forms of electronic publishing, electronic communication, and digital technology.