Oral history of British science

Land, Frank (15 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 15: Remarks on: not going to conferences when he was in industry; JG going to conferences; Business Exhibitions at Olympia. Comments on stand at Olympia and demonstrating to clients, competition from other companies. [04:50] Remarks on: the Stantec Zebra computer, its programming arrangements and salesman; Elliott and Ferranti's success; knowing rivals through forming British computing group at conferences; competition, particularly with Ferranti as they were in similar market; [07:26] giving industry talks to BCS meetings; disagreeing with later academic rivalry, highlighted by RAE. [10:37] Comments on RAE gamesmanship, publication strategies, journal choices. Comments on: limited forums for computer industry; writing and reading the computer press such as 'Computer Weekly', a source of information about competitors. [15:30] Remarks on: Lyon's early document reading equipment developed by Broido: leading to the LEO Auto-Lektor reader, used by Shell-Max and BP, writing about it in computer press; importance of peripherals to business users; early LEO experiments with telephone lines. [20:00] Remarks on: first academic conference at Southampton, organised by Sidney Michaelson; gradually growing IS content of computer conferences; FL's involvement with first European IS conference, at Henley, and IFIP 8.2 conferences; meeting international contacts such as Alex Verrijn Stuart; activities of IFIP 8.2, IT history and IS in developing countries groups. [26:05] Remarks on: FL enjoying conferences more than AL; FL's recent conference activities. Story about ESRC project over meta-analysis of accumulated databanks, for which FL visited US for the first time, and which helped lead to Essex University databank. [30:25] Comments on: getting a chair in 1982, with SD as referee; LSE mechanisms for awarding chairs. [32:45] Description of SD: outgoing, worked on Cambridge EDSAC, developed early OXO game to test interactivity; set up computing service at Leeds, worked for CEIR and Leasco, professor of computational methods at LSE; active in BCS and Worshipful Guild of Information Technologists

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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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