CHEER has now survived 10 years, or 30 issues. (Or maybe I should say that I have survived 10 years of editing CHEER!). We have seen CHEER grow from an eight page photocopied newssheet (produced on an Amstrad PCW using Locoscript!) to the card-covered DTP produced journal you now have before you (or if you are reading CHEER on-line, there is the Web version too).
However we are not complacent, and at a recent meeting of the Editorial Board it was decided to undertake a further upgrading of CHEER in 1997, both in printed and on-line forms. For example we want the on-line version to offer more than just a replication of the printed CHEER and to take more advantage of facilities available on the Web such as colour and moving graphics, hypertext hot-links, interactive elements (especially in software reviews) and downloadable files. But before we make these changes we want to hear from you, to find out what you like and dislike about CHEER in its existing form and what suggestions you have for improving it. We also thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the survey to ask you about the other services that the CTI Centre for Economics offers, and to update our picture of the computer hardware and software that you have available and how you are using it in your teaching and research. So please do take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and return it to Bristol. We will, of course, report back to you on what we discover.
This issue of CHEER is full of the usual mix of papers, software and book reviews, news and conference reports. I hope that you find it an enjoyable and informative read. And, if you have been using computers in your own work, why not write a paper for CHEER describing what you have been doing or assessing its effectiveness? As always I am very keen to receive papers or software reviews from CHEER readers right across the globe. Or if you want to discuss it with me first, telephone, fax or e-mail me: