Examining the use of computing in whole industries sheds considerable new light on the role of IT in modern society.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||IEEE Annals of the History of Computing|
|State||Published - Apr 2006|
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Finally, industry-centered historical projects are underway, such as the one cosponsored by the Charles Babbage Foundation, the Computer History Museum, and the Software History Center and funded by the Sloan Foundation to study the history of early IT firms. To be sure, many corporate archives are not readily accessible to historians—a chronic problem that plagues all modern business history. Yet, enough is available to do industry-level studies, and we most frequently confront the major problems when trying to understand the activities of specific firms. Historians’ experience would suggest that historians are running out of reasons for not looking at the role of specific technologies at the industry level.
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