Museo Virtuale dell’Informatica: un esempio emblematico

Paolini, P. (2009) Museo Virtuale dell’Informatica: un esempio emblematico. Archeologia e Calcolatori, 20. pp. 129-144. ISSN 1120-6861


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The Virtual Museum of the History of Italian Computer Science is a project which was started in 1996 and, due to lack of funding, was never completed (and therefore is not available to the general public). The project, which presented a complete and, for that time, innovative "design", was carried out by the Politecnico di Milano and two CNR Institutes (now unified in the ISTI - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione "A. Faedo"). It includes an archive, where all basic information is stored, and two different interfaces: a direct search access to the archive, for specialised and expert users, and a navigation access via web, for extended public users. Information available includes documents and photographs, biographies, descriptions of achievements and innovations, etc. One special characteristic is the use of interviews to key persons, that recreates the heroic, pioneering atmosphere, typical of Computer Science in the 1950s. This use of first person narration as reported by the protagonists can be considered a precursor of solutions that became very common many years later (e.g. Web 2.0) and could be a model for archaeology in general.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Moscati P. (ed.), La nascita dell’informatica archeologica. Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 24 ottobre 2008)
Uncontrolled Keywords: History of applications and research projects; theoretical and methodological problems
Subjects: 900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca. > 930.1 Archeologia (Classificare qui la Storia fino al 4000 a.C., l'Archeologia preistorica, le opere interdisciplinari sull'Archeologia) > 930.102 Archeologia - Opere miscellanee > 930.1028 Archeologia – Tecniche, metodologie, apparecchi e strumenti (comprende: Archeometria) > 930.10285 Archeologia – Applicazioni informatiche (comprende: tecniche di datazione)
Depositing User: Dott.ssa Paola Moscati
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 10:11

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