Why it matters: Computerworld was one of the leading trade publications throughout its heyday and continues to this day, albeit in a digital format. The archive chronicles the rise of the computer system industry during its really early stages, charting tech and trends that led us to where we are today.

The Internet Archive partnered with the Patrick J McGovern Foundation a few years back to digitize a few of International Data Corporation’s most important publications, putting them online for all to delight in. While it was technically a success, the resulting quality of the scans left a lot to be wanted.

Luckily for preservationists, the story does not end there.

The Web Archive recently announced it has shared a much better looking variation of the Computerworld archive that is based upon recently digitized microfilm.

” By changing for faded movie, straightening the pages, carrying out optical character acknowledgment, keying dates, and spotting page numbers, the Web Archive wishes to make our history quickly accessible to everyone and for free.”

Computerworld was established by McGovern in 1967 and rapidly became one of the industry’s leading trade publications. In 2014 after a 47- year run, the publication deserted its print edition and went digital only.

The more recent, greater quality archive consists of problems from 1967 through 2014.


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