[SIGCIS-Members] Noticing computer history - new Walden essay

Eileen Buckholtz thequeensofcode at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 14:41:14 PDT 2020


Kudos Dave on a great article and its call to action to preserve computing
history.  It had so many good examples and more places to explore.  Capture
the history as it is being made--and when people retire--have a knowledge
transfer and collection system to capture experiences and insights.

eCheers,

Eileen

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 11:05 AM Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org>
wrote:

> Dear SIGCIS -
>
> Many of you will already be familiar with Dave Walden’s many contributions
> to computing history, not only as a member of the Arpanet and Internet
> communities from his perch at BBN but also as a contributor (and ed board
> member) to IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and this SIGCIS list and
> meetings.
>
> Dave’s recent essay, “Noticing history - a personal view” is published in
> the most recent edition of TUGboat -
> https://tug.org/TUGboat/tb41-2/tb128walden-noticing.pdf (issue ToC is
> here: https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb41-2/).
>
> I found the essay to be a characteristically succinct and insightful,
> sitting at the crossroads of practitioners and professional historians, and
> attentive to the urgent need to document computer history from the vantage
> point of individual experience.  From the abstract: "We have access to
> memories, papers, and flexibility in what we study, and how we present what
> we learn, that won’t all be available to professional historians. I believe
> it is our job to help the computing history world capture more computing
> history while it still exists to be captured."
>
> I hope you enjoy & share -
> Andy
>
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