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Dissertations and databases: the historian as software engineer

Gervase Phillips
1995 Research in Learning Technology  
dissertation are useful training not just for the potential historian, but also for the potential software engineer.  ...  The historian of tomorrow will be a programmer or he will be nothing. (Emmanuel Le Roy, Le Territoire de l'historien (Paris, 1973))  ...  many software engineers, fail to produce adequate documentation in that part of their studies.  ... 
doi:10.1080/0968776950030205 fatcat:tikuxyuijbfbzceduwq7elbu2e

Dissertations and databases: the historian as software engineer

Gervase Phillips
2011 Research in Learning Technology  
The final weeks of the summer term see the normal frantic rush of second-year students looking for a suitable topic for a dissertation.  ...  Traditionally, the aim is to produce a piece of work from ten to fifteen thousand words, comprising a significant amount of original research, drawn from primary material, and demonstrating the ability  ...  many software engineers, fail to produce adequate documentation in that part of their studies.  ... 
doi:10.3402/rlt.v3i2.9609 fatcat:25ygqm76infhdif5i4gvrlw6mm

Paths of Fire: An Anthropologist's Inquiry into Western Technology, by Robert McCormick AdamsPaths of Fire: An Anthropologist's Inquiry into Western Technology, by Robert McCormick Adams. Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1996. xvi, 332 pp. $29.95 U.S

Bert Hall
1998 Canadian Journal of History  
Software engineering is proving to be a dark and mysterious art, one that can brew up a witches’ cauldron of troubles for the unsuspecting client.  ...  The number of scientists may be a trivial example, but what of his dismissal of a more serious reservation — whether engineers trained in the wasteful methods of American defence contractors can operate  ... 
doi:10.3138/cjh.33.1.147 fatcat:osri233ddvf2th7lztelhxmuti

Guest Editors' Introduction: PC Software--Word Processing for Everyone

Paul Ceruzzi, Burton Grad
2006 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing  
Enough time has passed, then, to let us view personal computing with the historian's eye.  ...  View, California.  ...  Currently, he is working on a research project to document the history of systems engineering firms located in the vicinity of Tysons Corner, Virginia.  ... 
doi:10.1109/mahc.2006.65 fatcat:4be67k25r5b2jctuhg3jclkyzi

Disentangling data, information and knowledge

Subrata Dasgupta
2017 Big Data & Information Analytics  
Three quarters of a century later variations on this question still intrigue us, and never more so than in the context of computing.  ...  At any rate he was clearly implying a hierarchy of quality: wisdom is superior to knowledge, and knowledge is superior to information.  ...  From the perspective of a major class of computing practitioners (algorithm designers, programmers, software engineers, and programming language designers and implementers) and computer scientists (programming  ... 
doi:10.3934/bdia.2016016 fatcat:3jdmfcsqh5gntn4yinyv7ibc7i

4D Modelling of Built Heritage: A System Offering an Alternative to Using BIM

Nathalie Charbonneau, Nicolas Spiric, Vanessa Blais, Léon Robichaud, Joanne Burgess
2018 Digital Studies  
We describe our method based on the synergy between a SQLite database and a 3D software (Autodesk Maya) linked by an algorithm written in Python.  ...  These models are designed to illustrate the evolution of heritage buildings and sites over time and record the historian's interpretation of documentary sources.  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for its support of this research project.  ... 
doi:10.16995/dscn.283 fatcat:abdtfvne7rb2vn4nobszobw2bu

It's engineering Jim … but not as we know it

Antony Bryant
2000 Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on Software engineering - ICSE '00  
This paper considers the impact and role of the 'engineering' metaphor, and argues that it is time to reconsider its impact on software development practice.  ...  So we have a common view that software development needs a rigorous basis, and this is to be found in engineering, and indirectly in science and mathematics.  ...  On the other hand we might take the views of those such as Parnas [18] who argues for a distinction between engineering and science: With the basis for software engineering being found in computer science  ... 
doi:10.1145/337180.337191 dblp:conf/icse/Bryant00 fatcat:gicahdxsfbagvek4qm7uduarl4

In Search of the Past: A Lawyer's Perspective

James Nowacki, Nicholas Olsberg
1996 The American Archivist  
Being able to determine a sequence of events relating to a claim is paramount when arguing whether an architect or engineer acted in a professional manner and exercised professional standards of care in  ...  The most important element architectural records provide to the defense of legal claims against architects and engineers is the dimension of time.  ...  The microfilm is not for the historian's use, but to fill the lawyer's need for evidence in case of suit.  ... 
doi:10.17723/aarc.59.2.c8q468063x266j1v fatcat:krc53jxd3vdavpmifvzir2w2ny

"We were here before the Web and hype…": a brief history of and tribute to the Computational Chemistry List

Frédéric Wieber, Alejandro Pisanty, Alexandre Hocquet
2018 Journal of Cheminformatics  
We also highlight its value as a corpus for historians of science.  ...  We analyze some of its characteristics, the reasons for its duration, value, and resilience, the ways it embodies and preceded the affordances of online communities recognized elsewhere long after its  ...  Finally, from the historian's point of view, the issue of the preservation of CCL heritage (and scholar fora heritage in general) is essential.  ... 
doi:10.1186/s13321-018-0322-7 pmid:30564941 pmcid:PMC6755560 fatcat:gp34rtaadrfylfbgzyer2cwbha

Guest Editor's Introduction: Digital Methods and Tools for Historical Research

Daniel Alves
2014 International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing: A Journal of Digital Humanities  
and challenges that, in our opinion, are already affecting the historians' work, such as a greater focus given to interdisciplinarity and collaborative work, and a need for the form of communication of  ...  As an introduction to a series of articles focused on the exploration of particular tools and/or methods to bring together digital technology and historical research, the aim of this paper is mainly to  ...  lead to exploring new points of view.  ... 
doi:10.3366/ijhac.2014.0116 fatcat:vxawlnkuszhdbheqe7by6wx5uy

The Future of History: Investigating the Preservation of Information in the Digital Age

Lena Roland, David Bawden
2012 Library and Information History  
While the results reject the idea of a single 'digital black hole' in historical records, they emphasise the importance of the issue for the future of history, and the complexity of the solutions to be  ...  The study is based on literature analysis and a series of semi-structured interviews with 41 historians, archivists, librarians, and web researchers.  ...  web; selection and curation; the historian's craft; and a 'digital black hole'?  ... 
doi:10.1179/1758348912z.00000000017 fatcat:a6ljgcegdnfdzh7wxbm6alhbla

The value of Ada

Valerie Barr
2016 Communications of the ACM  
The Communications Web site,, features more than a dozen bloggers in the BLOG@CACM community. In each issue of Communications, we'll publish selected posts or excerpts.  ...  This skews any by-discipline view of gender representation.  ...  My remarks may need to be discounted a good deal, because I am a white male, which is likely to have affected my view of what I could do.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2874307 fatcat:oqjsb327jbgh3hnv6r7yzz4xhi

Multi-grain version control in the Historian system [chapter]

Makram Abu-Shakra, Gene L. Fisher
1998 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Comprehensive versioning is supported through frequent and automated creation of versions which typically results in a large number of versions.  ...  This paper describes Historian, a version control system that supports comprehensive versioning and features to aid history navigation.  ...  sound software engineering.  ... 
doi:10.1007/bfb0053877 fatcat:pjqmih4jjbhpxdxkg6mhp64c4q

Global and Local Knowledge Organization, Copenhagen, August 12, 2015

Daniel Martínez-Ávila
2015 Knowledge organization  
Participants and presentations of the conference would be aligned with these lines while presenting their different points of view and enriching the conversations.  ...  Smiraglia and Birger Hjørland among others) engaged in fruitful conversations on the tension between the global information structures and the meaning and ethics of information in localized contexts, as  ...  and the historian's point of view.  ... 
doi:10.5771/0943-7444-2015-6-470 fatcat:wxl5v5dyl5cqlp4gffbnr7isou

Toward a Praxis of Critical Digital Sport History

Jennifer Guiliano
2017 Journal of Sport History  
Even the choice of which software will be made available at a university-level might impact the results of a historian's work (e.g. ESRI versus QGIS, SPSS versus R, Gephi versus NodeXL, etc.).  ...  Problematic keywords or metadata might construct a different view of the search results for each scholar visiting the interface.  ... 
doi:10.5406/jsporthistory.44.2.0146 fatcat:22jvhtryiraxhizippcutxdtuu
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