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Computers in Swedish Society
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2012

Computers in Swedish Society

Documenting Early Use and Trends

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History of Computing

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978-1-4471-2932-5
9781447129325
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PR9Y53V
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This book reviews the shift in the historiography of computing from inventors and innovations to a user-perspective, and examines how the relevant sources can be created, collected, preserved, and disseminated. The text describes and evaluates a project in Sweden that documented the stories of around 700 people. The book also provides a critical discussion on the interpretation of oral evidence, presenting three case studies on how this evidence can inform us about the interaction of computing with large-scale transformations in economies, cultures, and societies. Features: describes a historiography aimed at addressing the question of how computing shaped and transformed Swedish society between 1950 and 1980; presents a user-centered perspective on the history of computing, after explaining the benefits of such an approach; examines the documentation of users, describing novel and innovative documentation methods; discusses the pros and cons of collaborative projects between academia and industry.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Background and Theoretical Assumptions

Introduction

Toward a User Perspective in the Historiography of Computing

But Who Is the User?

Introducing the “Elite” User

The Need for Documenting the Recent Past

Creating Oral and Written Sources

Documenting History of Computing

Approaching the (Elite) User

Documenting the Use of Computers

The Mutual Shaping of Methodology and Organization

Reflections on Methodology

Conducting Oral History Interviews and Witness Seminars

Acquiring Written Recollections and Designing the Writers’ Web

Created and Collected Sources

Contextualizing the Process of Documentation

Concluding Observations

Oral Evidence and the Swedish Historiography of Computing

Interpreting Oral Evidence

Career Patterns, Social Networks, and Flows of Knowledge

Users and Uses of Technology

The Materiality and Geography of Computing

Conclusions

Appendices

List of Created and Collected Sources

List of Meta-Documentation

Formal Description of Organization and Work Process

Participants in the Project

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“Computers in Swedish Society has something of interest to anyone planning an oral history project (particularly one around technology), and to those interested in the early adoption of computers or in the role of users in shaping technology. For oral historians there is much valuable practical advice and methodological discussion, particularly around the comparison of different means of personal testimony gathering.” (Thomas Lean, Oral History, Vol. 42 (2), 2014)
Publikation
Grossbritannien
04.05.2012
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Englisch
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148 Seiten
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