[SIGCIS-Members] New collection on (IT and other) standardization: History of Technology vol 28
james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Wed May 20 01:09:59 PDT 2009
Listmembers may be interested in a new collection, edited by myself and Graeme
Gooday (Leeds), entitled "By whose standards? Standardization, stability and
uniformity in the history of information and electrical technologies". This is
Volume 28 of the annual series _History of Technology_ (series editor: Ian
Inkster), and carries a 2008 date.
Alongside several chapters on electrical engineering and related topics, there
are pieces by Laura DeNardis (Yale) on the post-IPv4 Internet addressing
controversy; Frank Veraart (TU Eindhoven) on Basicode, the Dutch-originated
lingua franca for hobbyist computing, used for radio software transmission in
1980s Europe; and myself on the roles of compatibility in the development of
proprietary and PC-compatible microcomputer formats.
Another contributor who will be familiar to many on this list is Andrew Russell
(Stevens), who's also worked on IP/OSI issues -- his chapter here is from rather
earlier in his research period, looking at AT&T's drastic standards-focused
reaction to the 'telephone slug' racket in the 1920s. Full contents below.
A preprint of the volume introduction, which is also intended as a a survey of
relevant literature on standards and technological negotiation, is online at
The volume's available now from Continuum. The international standing of the
pound sterling being what it is, purchasers may be best served by going through
the UK outlet: order page via <http://www.tinyurl.com/hot28>. The US order page
is at <http://www.tinyurl.com/hot28us>.
All comments welcome.
History of Technology Volume 28
Special Issue: By whose standards? Standardization, stability and uniformity in
the history of information and electrical technologies
Table Of Contents
Introduction: does standardization make things standard?
James Sumner and Graeme Gooday
IPv6: standards controversies around the next-generation Internet
Standardization across the boundaries of the Bell System, 1920-1938
Andrew L Russell
Morality, locality and 'standardization' in the work of British consulting
electrical engineers, 1880-1914
Perceptions, standardization and closure: the case of artificial illumination
Standards and compatibility: the rise of the PC computing platform
Basicode: co-producing a microcomputer Esperanto
Battery birds, 'stimulighting' and 'twilighting': the ecology of standardized
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