Oral history of British science

Land, Frank (16 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)

  • Abstract

    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.

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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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