IT History Society Appoints New Board Member - Randy Katz of the University of California
Apr 12, 2012 (Mass Media Distribution LLC via COMTEX) --
San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) April 12, 2012 -- Randy H. Katz, University of California, Berkeley United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and a noted information technology scientist, joins the IT History Society's (www.IThistory.org) board of directors.
"Randy Katz is a well known computer scientist and professor. His contributions as a Board member and Trustee of the IT History Society will expand our reach", said Jeffery Stein, Chairman; "Randy's experience bringing the White House onto the Internet, his developing RAID technology for file systems, his many courses and teachings at one of America's top universities, and his many other accomplishments will strengthen ITHS even more".
"I am honored to be associated with the Society dedicated as it is to saving the history of this crucial field of technology, largely created within our own lifetimes," said Randy Katz, UMC Distinguished Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley.
The IT History Society with its many new databases is becoming the 'table of contents' of where the history of information technology is located. In addition, the Society wants to encourage information technology companies to preserve their histories and show companies the return on investment derived by keeping their histories alive.
The Society's membership includes nearly 700 historians and archivists, as well as institutions such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, INTEL, The Internet Archive, Center for Technology Innovation, Charles Babbage Institute, Computer History Museum, IEEE History Center, Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists, McKesson, U.K. National Archive for the History of Computing, ACM History Committee, FedEx, Agilent, British Library, Applied Materials, Caltech, Computer Conservation Society, Deutsches Museum, Deltek, Microsoft, MIT, the Smithsonian Institution, and Symantec. Membership in the Society is complimentary due to the generous donations from the computer industry.
The IT History Society supports the collaboration of like-minded institutions and individuals in expanding the reach of historical and archival activities. At the same time ITHS focuses on communicating to the private sector the value of preserving their history and heritage for future generations. The IT History Society continually promotes the value of preservation of information technology corporate history with its many databases and acting as a gateway for the location of historical information as a teaching and research aid for colleges, universities and researchers in both the public and private sectors.
Another key resource is the IT Honor Roll Database http://ithistory.org/honor_roll/honor-roll-random.php The Honor Roll includes individuals who have made a noteworthy contribution to the information technology industry. The IT History Society Historical Resource Sites comprises over 1,600 historical information technology sites that are indexed by the Society for use by educators, students, and researchers. http://www.ithistory.org/resource_sites/resource-sites.php An added database is the hardware database of all information technology hardware ever manufactured. The library consists of over 2,000 entries growing by over 100 per day. The database is located on the web at http://ithistory.org/hardware/hardware-name.php
The IT History Society exists to enhance and expand works concerning the history of Information Technology and to demonstrate the value of IT history for the understanding and improvement of our present and future world.
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