Computers in Swedish Society

Documenting Early Use and Trends

By Per Lundin

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This book describes and analyzes a project collecting the stories of some 700 people on how computing transformed Swedish society between 1950 and 1980; explores the interaction of computing with broad transformation in economies, cultures, and societies.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4471-2932-5
  • 153 Pages
  • User Level: Science
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2012
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $109.00
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This book reviews the 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 project in Sweden that documented the stories of around 700 people. 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. 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; discusses the pros and cons of collaborative projects between academia and industry.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Background and Theoretical Assumptions.
  2. Documenting the Use of Computers.
  3. Oral Evidence and the Swedish Historiography of Computing.
  4. Appendices.Oral Evidence and the Swedish Historiography of Computing.
  5. Appendices.Oral Evidence and the Swedish Historiography of Computing.
  6. Appendices.
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