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General AFIPS History of Computing Activities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129317D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

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Software Patent Institute

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JEAN E. SAMMET: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

It certainly seems appropriate that in the first issue of this new journal involving computing history, which AFIPS is launching, there should be a description of what is also AFIPS' first major venture into a broad based spectrum of activities in the area of computing history. It is the purpose of this article to describe these AFIPS activities and plans, and simultaneously to encourage all readers to participate, either actively or supportively.

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Copyright ©; 1979 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

General AFIPS History of Computing Activities

JEAN E. SAMMET. Chairman, AFIPS History of Computing Committee

It certainly seems appropriate that in the first issue of this new journal involving computing history, which AFIPS is launching, there should be a description of what is also AFIPS' first major venture into a broad based spectrum of activities in the area of computing history. It is the purpose of this article to describe these AFIPS activities and plans, and simultaneously to encourage all readers to participate, either actively or supportively.

First, a word about the Annals itself. As chairman of the AFIPS History of Computing Committee, I strongly support this publication and urge all readers to do likewise, both in terms of writing articles and of suggesting that other people read it and subscribe to it. The History of Computing Committee (HOCC) and the Editorial Board of the Annals have a significant number of people simultaneously serving on each; this is deliberate, not accidental, and is for the purpose of making sure that each group feeds and helps the other while at the same time recognizing a difference in purpose and approach.

I said above that this is AFIPS' first venture into "a broad based spectrum of activities in the area of computing history." This is true, although this is not AFIPS' first effort in the history area. In the period 1967-1974, there was a joint project involving AFIPS and the Smithsonian Institution, to which AFIPS contributed approximately $130,000 and in which the...