puter science. As several participants at the Workshop on Survey Automation commented, this workshop was not the first such gathering at which they had been in attendance. Over the past decades, several conferences on emerging technology and survey practice have been held, and they—like the Workshop on Survey Automation—serve a useful purpose.

Jesse Poore reminded the workshop participants of Moore’s Law, the adage that technological capacity tends to double on a roughly 18-month cycle. In light of this observation, and of the great lessons that survey methodology and computer science have to offer each other, having joint activities like the Workshop on Survey Automation once a decade is clearly too infrequent to be useful. Regardless of the forum for such collaborations—whether workshops like this one, special sessions at professional meetings, or other means—the computer-assisted survey community should strive to have formal collaborative opportunities with computer science and related fields on at least a three-year (or twice Moore’s Law) cycle. The greater challenge, as ever, will be to emerge from discussion and translate talk into action, forging enduring partnerships. Maintaining communication channels is too important a task to neglect.



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