Welcome Statement from the Board Chairman
It is an honor to welcome you to the website of the IT History
Society. The very young Information Technology revolution has
had more impact on mankind, in a remarkably short time span,
than any other revolution known to humankind. In fact, even today
the revolution continues at lightning speed to ‘shrink’ our
large world and enable the rapid flow of information to nearly
everyone on earth. We are nearing the moment when almost all
of us will all be connected.
For years, many institutions, historians, and archivists have
been documenting and archiving the various elements that have
fueled this revolution. People, teams, machines, software, and
hardware have all helped make this happen. There are dozens of
institutions in the public and private spheres, and hundreds
of individuals, working to preserve those elements that have
created such a monumental impact on all of us.
At the IT History Society, we have esteemed trustees from around
the world who have in some way participated in this revolution – as
technology creators, company builders, or recorders of the events
in their roles as archivists or historians. The IT History Society
intends to help the process of creating and preserving the historical
record, and understanding what it means for today and tomorrow,
by acting as an international information point concerning IT
history. We will track historical projects seeking funding, as
well as projects underway and completed, to improve communication
and efficiency and avoid duplication within the historical community.
In addition, at the IT History Society we are dedicated to informing
the public and private sector of the numerous benefits of historical
and archiving functions. Through public awareness programs, the
IT History Society expects to be able to increase the number
of participants and projects in this field.
In addition to our work tracking projects and building capacity
in the community, we are also providing background information
to those with an interest or potential interest in IT history.
These include papers that provide expert advice on how to go
about doing historical work or which convey the benefits of why
historical activities can positively effect private sector organizations.
We are also organizing annual gatherings for the people involved
in these functions as a platform for idea exchange and to hear
from the pioneers about their experiences in the IT industry.
We encourage you to follow the IT History Society’s progress
as we reach out to attain our goals.
Jeffery D. Stein
Chairman, ITHS Board of Directors