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January 31, 2008

Archives and Digital Technology

An article by Richard Cox, et al. combining archives and information technology - perfect for the CBI blog! Check it out here.

January 30, 2008

History of Technology Colloquium

If any of you are in the DC area, you might be interested in the following colloquium at the University of Maryland:

Hyungsub Choi, Chemical Heritage Foundation, “Technology Importation, Corporate Strategies, and the Emergence of the Japanese Semiconductor Industry�

Commentator: David Sicilia, Department of History, University of Maryland

About the Speaker: Hyungsub Choi is the Manager for Electronics, Innovation and Emerging Technologies Programs at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He earned a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in the history of science and technology. Previously, he earned an M.S. in history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in engineering from Seoul National University. He has been a Fellow at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and in 2003, he receieved the Robinson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for his paper, “Rationalizing the ‘Guerilla State’: North Korean Factory Management Reform in the 1960s� (subsequently published in _History and Technology_).

Location: University of Maryland, Francis Scott Key Hall 2120 (Merrill Room) Refreshments from 4-4.30 p.m.; paper and discussion from 4.30-6 p.m.

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper. Email David Kirsch, dkirsch[at]umd[dot]edu, to obtain a copy.

January 22, 2008

Minnesota HSTM Blog

The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine program here at the U has created a blog for their departmental news, discussions, and information. They're welcoming contributions from friends of the program as well as current faculty and staff, and best of all, they've linked to the CBI blog :-) Go on over and check it out!

January 18, 2008

Junto in Minneapolis!

A call for papers has been posted for the Midwest Junto for the History of Science (and technology and medicine), which this year will be hosted by the University of Minnesota from April 4-6. Junto particularly welcomes graduate student paper presentations. See this site for more information.

Technology and Culture

Check out this month's new Technology and Culture for Tom's review of Geoffrey Herrera's Technology and International Transformation. Technology and Culture is SHOT's quarterly journal. Tom's article is directly accessible here, and you can find the entire issue at http://etc.technologyandculture.net.

January 15, 2008

Another New Finding Aid

Another collection is now available for research use. Donald Ross, a professor of English here at the U, recently donated his collection on computing, education, language, and the humanities to CBI. It's been processed and the finding aid is online at http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/cbi00197.xml.

January 14, 2008

New Finding Aid

A new, important collection is now available to CBI researchers! Historian James W. Cortada has donated to CBI his research files for his three-volume Digital Hand, along with a set of IBM publications and archival documents. The finding aid to this collection is located at http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/cbi00185.xml.

January 11, 2008

Burroughs Photo Database Down

Unfortunately, our Burroughs Collection photograph database is currently having technical difficulties and is unavailable for searching. I will let you know when it goes back up; in the meantime, you can always search the Burroughs Corporation Records finding aid for all Burroughs photographs (and other materials) that have not been scanned. I apologize for the inconvenience!

January 9, 2008

SOFT-EU Workshop in Grenoble

Please see http://soft-eu.aconit.org/ for information about an upcoming workshop entitled "ALGOL, IBM and Software Crisis, the state of historiography in transnational interpretations." It's taking place in Grenoble, France from January 21-24.

January 7, 2008

Sage Ross on Wikipedia

The January 2008 issue of the Newsletter of the History of Science Society contains an article by doctoral candidate Sage Ross on the importance of Wikipedia to historians - particularly historians of science, technology, and medicine. Ross convincingly urges scholars in STM fields to get involved in posting historically accurate content to articles on topics in their fields, stating that Wikipedia provides an unparalleled opportunity to make work available to a general audience. Do you think HSTM scholars have a responsibility to become involved in Wikipedia? What about engaging with a popular audience in general?

January 2, 2008

CBI Historical Tidbit - 1995

Happy New Year to all. Now that we're in the beginning of the new year, I thought I'd devote this entry to a watershed event in CBI's past. I was going through old CBI newsletters recently, and came across this article from the Winter 1995 issue: "CBI on the Web!" Naturally, the headline intrigued me, so I spent a few minutes reading the article through. It details the first-ever CBI web site, but the most fascinating parts - at least for computing historians - are the necessity, method, and terminology used to describe the CBI site. Some quotes:

"One advantage of the Web over the Internet Gopher is its ability to highlight certain phrases that, when selected, refer to other documents, images or Internet sites."

"Because of the amount of time they add to calling and viewing a hypertext document, CBI has been conservative in its use of images on the Web."

"CBI established its Web in December 1994...Since that time CBI's archival staff has produced a broad range of hypertext documents."

CBI's current and past newsletters are all available on our web site, and, as you can see, they're worth perusing not just for institutional history but for the history of computing in general.