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Computers in Swedish Society: Documenting Early Use and Trends
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. (Uppsala STS)
2012 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]
  • 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
  • Examines the documentation of users, describing novel and innovative documentation methods

In order to understand the role of computers in society, it is important to consider the complex relationship between the design and use of computers from the perspective of the user.

Computers in Swedish Society reviews this 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 collaborative project in Sweden that documented the stories of around 700 people, and obtained extensive donations of archival records and artifacts. 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.

Topics and 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 such as witness seminars and Internet-based collections of memories
  • Discusses the pros and cons of collaborative projects between academia and industry
  • Provides case studies on the interpretation of oral evidence, dealing with social networks and flows of knowledge, users and uses of technology, and the materiality and geography of computing

The methods and documentation of users described in this unique text/reference will not only be of great interest to historians of computing, technology, science and medicine, but also to researchers in science and technology studies, in library and information studies, and in ethnography, ethnology and folkloristic studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012. , 148 p.
Series
History of Computing, ISSN 2190-6831
Keyword [en]
Historical Method, Historical Sources, History of Science and Technology, History - 1945, Information Technology, Oral History
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185552DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-2933-2ISBN: 978-1-4471-2933-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-185552DiVA: diva2:572079
Available from: 2012-11-26 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2014-09-18

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