by CIO Staff

Computer History Museum and Web History Center to Preserve the Web’s History

Dec 19, 20062 mins

The Computer History Museum, the world’s largest institution dedicated to preserving and presenting the artifacts and stories of the information age, says it will participate in a joint project with the Web History Center and the center’s other partners to preserve and make public the history of the World Wide Web.

Formed in March 2006, the center’s mission is to identify and secure records from Web pioneers, companies and other sources to preserve the Web’s collective memory. The center’s 10 institutional members include Stanford University Libraries, the Internet Archive and the Charles Babbage Institute.

The center’s initial project with the museum will concentrate on the history of e-commerce, says the museum’s news release.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., has a 25-year history as part of the former Boston Computer Museum. It preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age, with a diverse collection of computing-related objects. Admission is free.

The Web History Center is a nonprofit corporation with offices at the Computer History Museum and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Its charter is to collect at-risk historical material, to serve as a facilitating organization for Web history as a field, and to encourage public and educational access to the Web’s history.

—Esther Schindler

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