Last year, around this time, I submitted a blog post summarizing the obituaries of a number of major figures in the history of computing who died in 2010. Given the worldwide headlines in response to the death of Steve Jobs two months ago, I think it makes sense to turn that post into a yearly tradition, reminding us of the less-recognized contributors to the history of computing who we have lost. I was, in fact, rather stunned at the number of names turned up by a simple search for stories containing "obituary" and "computer" in the last twelve months in the New York Times. The computing of the 1960s and 70s is now rapidly passing out of the realm contemporary and oral history.Here's what I turned up:
This year's workshop has now come and gone successfully and thanks are in order for all of the speakers and attendees who made it a success. Tom Misa has offered slides from his keynote talk to be posted here.
This year, we had (fittingly, I think) more content from the SHOT conference as a whole showing up in posts on Twitter and other social networking sites like Google+. You can read the Twitter coverage of the events at #SHOT2011, as well as #HSS2011 and #4S2011. Significantly, the Robinson prize winner's paper not only got tweeted about and reddited, but also written up in The Atlantic.
This seems like an exciting time for our community as a whole to be able to reach new audiences. I heartily encourage everyone to think about how they might integrate these new technologies for public discourse into their next trip to SHOT and the SIGCIS workshop, and let us know if you come up with any brilliant ideas on how to do so! I hope to tweet the next meeting again from @histoftech, and I'll also be tweeting history of technology tidbits in the interim.
And, don't forget to send in your syllabi for our syllabus repository when you get a chance: there are plans in the works to link this repository and other SIGCIS resources with the main SHOT website, gradually building out a more robust set of history of technology resources offered by SHOT online.
Attached to this post are a few pictures from the event. For more, see Tom Haigh's photos on the SIGCIS facebook page.
After today's syllabus session at SHOT it seems like an ideal time to remind folks that we have a great repository of syllabi in the history of computing, information, and technology here on the site. Go to www.sigcis.org/syllabi or navigate down to "syllabi" in the bar on the left hand side.
It is also an opportune time to ask for more contributions. If you have a syllabus that you'd like to share that deals with history of computing, history of technology, history of communication, or anything else that fits with the SIGCIS's mission and interests, please post a link in the comments section on the syllabus page, and I'll add your syllabus to the list. Or, you can email your syllabus to me at email@example.com in a PDF file.
We're also making efforts to link up our syllabus resources with the main SHOT website, potentially in a way that creates new searching and sorting capabilities, so keep an eye out for that!
SIGCIS offers an integrated program of travel awards to broaden the base of participants in its annual workshops. Maximizing our support here is the top financial priority for the SIG, and a highly cost effective investment in the future of our field.
SIGCIS Travel Award Programs
Our awards are named in recognition of their various sponsors, but the eligibility criteria and application process is the same for all of them.
We have four ongoing awards programs:
Apologies for my recent radio silence, and thanks to Marie for picking up the slack. I still don't have anything terribly profound to say, but I wanted to point out a wonderful on-line historical resource that went up a couple of months ago: MIT's 150th anniversary interviews, dubbed Infinite History.