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The KWIC and the Dead - A Lesson in Computing History


Holmes, WN, The KWIC and the Dead - A Lesson in Computing History, Computer, 34, (1) pp. 142-144. ISSN 0018-9162 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1109/2.962988


The computing profession’s purpose is to promote, for the greater community’s benefit, the use of formal representations of facts or ideas and of machines and processes for the storage and transformation of such representations. Thus, our profession’s history originated in the culture of the printers and scribes who promoted the use of the written languages from which our present binary representations developed. The article argues that ideas published decades ago may suggest solutions to some of today’s most pressing technological and social challenges. It also suggests that the computing profession can develop faster and better through cumulative innovation, building on its past instead of ignoring it. © 2001, IEEE. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Other information and computing sciences
Research Field:Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Holmes, WN (Mr Neville Holmes)
ID Code:20779
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Computing
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-07

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