Oral history of British science
Land, Frank (16 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.
The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »
Interviewee's home, Ivybridge
Land, Fred Frank, 1928- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 16: Remarks on: becoming a convener, esteem of holding a chair, professorial administration and advisory duties. Comments on Alvey project: reaction to Japanese fifth generation computer project; government support for computing research; such as case tools to automate programming, [04:32] with reference to Imperial College work and customer contractor basis of work; [06:18] LSE contract to examine implementation of case tools at British Telecom and Barings Bank; rejected proposal for large project on software engineering with Logica and David Wastell at Manchester; limitations of Alvey; [10:56] idea of European computer cooperation against Japanese threat; LBS report on Alvey; flawed ideology of Alvey innovation, compared bricolage and Ciborra approaches. [14:47] Remarks on Barings Bank systems, Nick Leeson, introduction of case tools, split of management from workforce. Remarks on: [16:23] duties of a professor, changes in academic duties to take on more administration. [17:48] Comments on FL's introduction of word processing to LSE, changes in secretarial roles and growth of university bureaucracy. [21:00] Comments on information society: FL writing an encyclopedia article; FL interest in, and nature of, the information society, with reference to social networking; importance of information to societies in history and today; FL feelings in 1980s, technology propaganda; [27:10] current ideas of knowledge management; reciprocal relationship between power and knowledge, with reference to Galileo; [30:52] continued influence of falsification and KP on his thinking.
Interview with computer programmer and information systems theorist Frank Land.