Other computing career / history projects


The history of computing is a construct determined by the lives and choices of people who have worked or are working in the field. This page collects information about other projects about people in computing fields and their life stories. This broad pool of possibilities can help anyone interested in learning more about how the computing field has developed and changed, as well as about the choices people have made as they have built their careers.


link to return back to top ACM History Committee interviews

The ACM History Committee has as its charter to foster preservation and interpretation of the history of the ACM and its role in the development of computing. An on-going project for the History Committee is to conduct interviews with individuals associated with the ACM including Presidents, Turing Award winners, volunteers, and staff. In May, 2008, ACM chose the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) as the collection for the full ACM Archive, which, in addition to the edited interviews, includes an extensive collection of internal ACM records, conference proceedings, research-based journals, magazines, and personal papers.


link to return back to top Anita Borg Institute resources

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) seeks both to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women. In 2010, the ABI website included a section entitled "Award-Winning Career Timelines In Computer Science and Engineering" (now accessible via the Wayback Machine). This was the result of a project set up by the ABI Advisory Board External Awards Committee to present the biographies of a variety of successful technical women whose careers can serve as a touch point and model for other women working in technology.


link to return back to top Charles Babbage Institute

The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an archives and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology and promoting and conducting research in the field. Among the resources on their website is their oral history database. For more information on CBI and its relationship to CEOHP, see the page about CEOHP's archival partner.


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The Computer History Museum, located in Mountain View, CA, has one of the world's largest collections of computing artifacts. Their physical museum allows visitors to explore the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience.

  • The Computer History Museum offers many online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing.
  • The Museum's oral history collection contains transcripts of oral history interviews and panel discussions with key pioneers and contributors to the information age.
  • The CHM's Software Industry Special Interest Group has conducted over 100 oral histories of computer software and services pioneers in order to preserve their recollections of events that shaped the industry.

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Computerworld is an IT magazine that provides information to technology managers. It is published in many countries around the world under the same or similar names. The Computerworld Honors Program was established in 1988 to recognize and document visionary applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic, and educational change. Computerworld has established a set of archives related to the Honors Program. The archive includes an oral history collection designed to capture personal and professional stories of individuals, their goals, ideals, mentors, sources of inspiration and thoughts on the future of technology. The archive includes transcripts and highlights of the original video.


link to return back to top Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRAW)

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American organizations, including academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. Among the committees is CRA-W, the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. The goal of CRA-W is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in computer science and engineering research and education at all levels. A few years ago, CRA-W created a brochure that highlighted the careers of several women in the field of computer science, with stories about how these women worked toward and achieved their career goals in a challenging and fun field (this was originally available via legacy.sdsc.edu/CRAW/careers/, but is not available via the Wayback Machine due to robot.txt settings).


link to return back to top Stephen Ibaraki's interviews

Stephen Ibaraki has as a personal project to collect interviews with eminent computer scientists. He presents these interviews on his personal website and many have been featured or indexed on sites such as the one for the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). Stephen Ibaraki is a retired educator, past chair and president of CIPS, writer, podcaster, and plays an active role in over thirty companies and non-profit committees and councils. For more information on Stephen, see the CIPS fellows profile and Wikipedia entry. Interviews Stephen has conducted can be found by searching on iTunes, or by viewing the index pages he has created with interviews relevant for organizations such as CIPS and the ACM.


link to return back to top Historical perspectives on women at IBM

The IBM website includes an extensive history section. This section is broken into a number of different types of exhibits, including one that discusses the evolving role of women at IBM.

One exhibit presents IBM women in the WITI Hall of Fame. [See more about the WITI Hall of Fame below.]

Another exhibit introduces the IBM Women Fellows. The IBM Fellows Program recognizes outstanding IBM employees with distinguished and sustained records of technical achievement. IBM's Chief Executive Officer appoints new IBM Fellows at the annual IBM Corporate Technical Recognition Event (CTRE). Appointment as an IBM Fellow is a career designation.


link to return back to top IEEE Oral History Collection

The mission of the IEEE History Center is to preserve, research and promote the history of information and electrical technologies. The Center maintains resources for the engineer, for the historian of technology, and for anyone interested in the development of electrical and computer engineering and their role in modern society. Most of the Center's resources are available online at the IEEE Global History Network, a wiki with content generated only by IEEE members and invited experts. The Center's holdings include the IEEE Archives, which consist of the unpublished records of the IEEE and a collection of historical photographs relating to history of electrical and computer technologies, and a collection of oral history transcripts of pioneering engineers. The oral history collection includes over 450 oral histories posted on the IEEE Global History Network.


link to return back to top National Center for Women & Information Technology

NCWIT (the National Center for Women & Information Technology) is a coalition of over 250 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing and IT. Their interview series on NCWIT Entrepreneurial Heroes is a series of magazine-style audio interviews highlighting women entrepreneurs in information technology (IT) careers.


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The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States. Most of its 19 museums, zoo, and nine research center facilities are located in Washington, D.C., with other locations in New York City, Virginia, and Panama.


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Women in Technology International (WITI) is the premier award for women in science and technology worldwide. The WITI Hall of Fame was launched in 1996 to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contributions women make to the scientific and technological communities and society at large. For each woman who is in the hall of fame, the site includes a brief biography and a video clip / slide show.