Years ago, the Internet Archive was honored to work with the Patrick J McGovern Foundation to bring some of the important publications of International Data Corporation onto the Internet for free public access. Today we are excited to bring a better looking version of the ComputerWorld archives to the Internet based on newly digitized microfilm.
The McGovern Foundation had many issues on paper, which were digitized and made searchable, but getting further back required finding microfilm. Some microfilm was found at the time and was digitized, but frankly it did not look very good.
Microfilm, now out-of-print and obsolete, was an important format for providing access — a microfilm pioneer, Robert C Binkley saw it as a democratizing force to educate everyone, not just those near libraries in large cities and top universities.
Fortunately, old microfilm collections have been acquired and also have been donated so that they can be preserved as film and preserved through digitization by the Internet Archive. Which brings us Computerworld.
This collection of Computerworld microfilm represents nearly half a century of reporting on major technology trends, from mainframes and minicomputers to iPhones, tablets and Artificial Intelligence. Now, this higher quality version of Computerworld 1967-2014 is available, searchable, and downloadable for research purposes.
This comes as the Internet Archive has been working with open source communities and with NextScan to make these and other works look as good as we can. While microfilm was almost all just grayscale, the photography, film quality, and preservation of some collections have been exceptional. By adjusting for faded film, straightening the pages, performing optical character recognition, keying dates, and detecting page numbers, the Internet Archive hopes to make our history easily accessible to everyone and for free. These works are also available to be read aloud for the print disabled.
(Full text search is available, but is in the process of being integrated.)
Hi How about Children’s Playmate Magazine 1929-2008.
I checked a couple, and none of them are in PDF format. I can make PDFs from the ZIPs, but you do it much better than me.
You are right, I jumped the gun. I believe the PDF’s will be made within the next day or two.
PDF’s are now made for all of the issues except one which is happening now, and that will be done in an hour or less.
done. Hope the archive of Computerworld is useful to you.
Will Children’s Magazines be in Microfilm as well.
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There’ll be putting color on microfilms such as Computerworld?
There were small amounts of color microfilm, but the microfilm we have for Computerworld is not. Color is rare.
I can make PDFs from the ZIPs, but you do it much better than me.
In Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine 1952-2014. I am missing vol’s 1991 to 2014.