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First volume of the new IFIP AICT subseries "Surveys"
Provides an overview on the history of computing
This book is a collection of refereed invited papers on the history of computing from the 1940s to the 1990s with one paper going back to look at Italian calculating/computing machines from the first century to the 20th century. The 22 papers cover a wide range of computing related topics such as specific early computer systems, their construction, their use and their users; software programming and operating systems; people involved in the theory, design and use of these computers; computer education; and conservation of computing technology. Many of the authors were actually involved in the events they describe and share their specific reflections on the history of computing.
Australia’s WREDAC.– It Was Rocket Science.- Remembering LEO.- A Possible First Use of CAM/CAD.- Roberto Busa (1913-2011), Pioneer of Computers for the Humanities.- Micro Programming.- Experiences and Reflections.- Information Systems Degrees in Australia: The Genesis.- Looking Back.- The Impact of the Y2K Event on the Popularity of the Pick Database Environment.- Evolution of Computer Science Education in the Purview of Free Education.- Evolution of Computer Education in Spain: From Early Times to theImplementation of the Bologna Agreement.- The History of Computer Language Selection.- History of Data Centre Development.- Early Italian Computing Machines and Their Inventors.- Computing for the Masses? Constructing a British Culture of Computing in the Home.- Reflections on the History of Computer Education in Schools in Victoria.- From the History of Russian Computer Science.- Hungarian Scientists in Information Technology.- Information Technology in Italy: The Origins and the Early Years (1954 - 1965).- Institutional Nostalgia – Museum Victoria’s Cabinet of Computing Curiosities.- The Changing Face of the History of Computing: The Role of Emulation in Protecting Our Digital Heritage.- My Fascination with Computing History.