[SIGCIS-Members] New online search tool for the Computer History Museum!

Dag Spicer spicer at computerhistory.org
Fri Jul 18 10:23:05 PDT 2008

Dear friends of computer history!

I am delighted to announce today the world premiere of the Museum's new
online Search system.

It is available here: http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/search/

The new system was nearly a year in development and now provides:

Up to date access to all cataloged CHM artifact records (including a 'record
counter' that shows how many objects are currently in the database).

A Media browser with new picture viewer

Direct access to 7 CHM Special Collections (Oral Histories, Computer Chess,
Fortran, PDP-1, Marketing and IBM Stretch)

Predefined web addresses for every CHM artifact allowing external websites
(like Wikipedia) to directly link to our collection

Easy access to archival finding aids

Dublin Core Metadata support

It's very simple to use.  Just enter a keyword!  To narrow down your
searches, add the following keywords to your search term as appropriate:

physical object
still image
moving image

For e.g., for a list of Apple software, you would enter: "Apple software"

Here are three of sample records as examples:




I hope you will all enjoy using this new system and that it will truly be a
useful resource for your research activities.

Please let me know what you think--your feedback is of great importance to

All the best and... Enjoy!


Dag Spicer
Senior Curator
The Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA  94043-1311

Tel: +1 650 810 1035
Fax: +1 650 810 1055
Skype: dag_spicer

"Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe."
H.G. Wells

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