Oral history of British science

Land, Frank (12 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's home, Ivybridge

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    Land, Fred Frank, 1928- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 12: Comments on LSE computer service: use of packages rather than programming; econometricians use of Atlas for complex problems; [02:11] growing number of users, often research assistants; growing numbers of staff; disjunction of FLs research work and running of service. [05:10] Remarks on: promotion path from research fellow in management to head of statistics department in 1982; [05:31] duties as lecturer; limited importance of publications, with example of EL's supervisor George Morton; position within statistics department, working with Sandy Douglas to turn computing courses toward IS; commissioning of important publications by outside consultants, such as 'State of the Art' reports, [10::48] on topics such as how information is used in organisations; FL's dislike of consultancy work; FL's work on informal systems, such as an on an article with Marilyn Kennedy-McGregor; FL report on expert systems; differences in publication practice and importance. [14:00] Remarks on connections between IS people: FL chairing IFIP committee 8.2, concerned with business processes, succeeding EM; mechanisms of academic communication, including video conferencing; FL's organisation of first IS PhD consortium, for postgrads to present work; IFIP 8.2 conferences. [20:22] Remarks on 1975/76 sabbatical at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: replacing Jim Emery on sabbatical, and who worked with FL previously; differences between US and UK academia; FL rating as a teacher; FL considering himself moderately good teacher. Remarks on teaching and research at LSE, working with EM and JH, later DT and BF, FL's large number of PhD students. [25:30] Remarks on: benefits of US experience, using online terminal for first time, unfinished book with RS. [26:43] Remarks on: typical day as staff at LSE; learning from Swedish IFIP delegates about Börje Langefors’ work; contacts in Germany Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung [NCC for Germany]; other activities of a typical day; learning from PhD supervision; continued interest in table tennis.

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    Interview with computer programmer and information systems theorist Frank Land.

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    Frank Land interviewed by Tom Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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