Overcoming the discipline divide: Knowledge and the advancement of the history of software

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This study briefly relates both the historic and contemporary disparity between the use of networking technology to advance scientific and engineering fields relative to areas in the humanities and the general failure to capitalize on interdisciplinary research opportunities made possible by the Internet. It refers to these developments as the discipline divide. The body of article presents a case study of a NSF-sponsored (NSF-9979981) knowledge networking project underway at the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) to research and produce Web-based infrastructure resources to further the historical study of software. It indicates how this project, by combining a committee structure and network communication between historians and technical experts from the software community, provides a potentially valuable model for research in the recent history of science and technology, as well as one possible method to help mitigate the existing discipline divide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the Association for History and Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001


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