New Information Technology Searchable Archival Database

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IT History Society Launches Searchable Database Information Technology Collections

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“The IT History Society board is very excited to offer this important search tool for the information technology community. It is felt that this ability will further aid in the process of the preservation of the history" said Chairman Jeffery Stein.

The IT History Society (http://www.IThistory.org) announces the availability of the first of its kind searchable international database of noted information technology historical and archival sites. (http://www.ithistory.org/resource_sites/resource-sites.php) The availability of this unique information will add to the future research of the information industry and will facilitate an increase in the collection of items of historical nature.

The database today consists of 233 international information technology historical and archival collections encompassing over 2.4 million documents that uses over 195 gigabytes of storage. The database in the near term is expected to nearly double over the next 5 years. With a partnership with Archive-IT (http://www.archive-it.org/) of the Internet Archive, all of the 233 sites will be crawled and text indexed every 30 days for full keyword search ability.

“The IT History Society board is very excited to offer this important search tool for the information technology community. It is felt that this ability will further aid in the process of the preservation of the history of an industry that has had the most impact on mankind in the shortest time frame”, said Jeffery D. Stein, Chairman of the Board.

About ITHS:
The growing rooster of the IT History Society, now standing of nearly 600 members, includes Caltech, MIT, the Stanford Silicon Valley Archives, Agilent, ACM History Committee, Applied Materials, Computer Conservation Society, Deutsches Museum, Hewlett Packard, IBM, INPUT, INTEL, The Internet Archive, Microsoft, the Smithsonian Institution, Symantec, Center for Technology Innovation, Charles Babbage Institute, Computer History Museum, IEEE History Center, Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists, and the U.K. National Archive for the History of Computing.

The IT History Society assists in the collaboration of like-minded institutions and individuals to expand the reach of historical and archival activities while at the same time communicating to the private sector the value of preserving their history and heritage for generations to come.

The IT History Society exists to enhance and expand works concerning the history of information technology and to demonstrate the value of IT history to the understanding and improvement of our present and future world.

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