Resources for the History of Computing, Digital Information, Information Graphics and Digital Humanities

Pres Eckert explains the UNIVAC 1 to Walter Cronkite
On television on November 4, 1952 Walter Cronkite (right) listened as Dr. J. Presper Eckert (center) described the functions of the UNIVAC I computer he helped develop. This occurred during the TV broadcast where the UNIVAC 1 successfully predicted the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Some of the most significant organizations concerning the history of computing and related subjects are the ​Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis, the ​Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the ​Science Museum in London, and the ​IEEE Computer Society. Since 1976 the IEEE has published IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. For the history of media--film, radio, and television-- there is the ​International Association for Media and History. For the history of information management and information science there are various useful websites such as that of Professor Michael Buckland on the history of information management.

For ​digital humanities​ there are Interdisciplinary Sciences Reviews edited by ​Willard McCarty, the ​Humanist Discussion Group, “an international online seminar on humanities computing and the digital humanities” also edited by McCarty, and ​The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

For artificial intelligence the Asssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence website,, offers a very wide range of information, including much of historical value.

For machine translation or computational linguistics the website of ​John Hutchins includes many useful historical articles, and an immense ​Machine Translation Archive compiled by Hutchins consisting of over 10,400 items in December 2013.

An exceptionally comprehensive and useful timeline for the history of information graphics is Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization. An illustrated chronology of innovations by ​Michael Friendly and Daniel J. Denis. 

In 2010 WolframAlpha produced a useful but brief ​Timeline of Systematic Data and the Development of Computable Knowledge. 

Jeremy M. Norman
September 2020
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