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Preserving Computer-Related Source Materials

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129330D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 5 page(s) / 26K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Jean E. Sammet: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In June 1979 a small brochure entitled ";Preserving Computer- Related Source Materials"; was produced by AFIPS. It was distributed to the registrants at the 1979 AFIPS National Computer Conference ant to various individuals believed to be interested in the subject, including subscribers to the Annals. Because the Annals is also partly a journal of record for important material in the history of computing, it is appropriate to reproduce the text here. The brochure, which is the standard size of 3y4"; x Eli'', can be obtained from AFIPS Headquarters for individual or bulk distribution.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1980 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc., Volume 2, Number 1, January 1980. Used with permission.

Preserving Computer-Related Source Materials

Jean E. Sammet

(Image Omitted: © 1979 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission.)

In June 1979 a small brochure entitled "Preserving Computer- Related Source Materials" was produced by AFIPS. It was distributed to the registrants at the 1979 AFIPS National Computer Conference ant to various individuals believed to be interested in the subject, including subscribers to the Annals. Because the Annals is also partly a journal of record for important material in the history of computing, it is appropriate to reproduce the text here. The brochure, which is the standard size of 3y4" x Eli'', can be obtained from AFIPS Headquarters for individual or bulk distribution.

The brochure was prepared by Nancy Stern, a member of the AFIPS History of Computing Committee (HOCC); it was reviewed by the NOCC prior to completion and was issued under HOCC auspices. We want to acknowledge that this brochure was based, with permission, on Scientific Source Materials: A Note on Their Preservation, a publication of the American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics.

Keywords and phrases: history, archives, saving material, repositories, collections CR categories: 1.2, 22

Introduction

The computer is a scientific and technological advance which has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on society. Despite this fact, there has been very little attention given thus far to historical study of this field. If we are to adequately and accurately assess the significance of the computing field in future generations, it is imperative that computer professionals recognize the need to preserve their heritage now.

The purpose of this descriptive note is to aid computer scientists, engineers, programmers, managers, their families and colleagues in assessing the papers and artifacts in their possession which relate to computer history and in directing these people to organizations which could make this material available for future historians. This brochure indicates the types of source material that historians of science and technology will need to document the history of computing and explains how this material may be preserved.

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IEEE Computer Society, Jan 01, 1980 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 2 Number 1, Pages 4-6

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