Preserving ether : the birthplace of the Internet and the interpretation of information age technology
Ivey, Melissa Leigh
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There are few technological innovations that have impacted the daily lives of Americans as profoundly as the Internet. The origins of the Internet lay in the ARPANET, an experimental computer network developed in the late 1960s by Bolt, Beranek and Newman, a company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This thesis explores the issues surrounding the preservation and interpretation of Information Age sites and resources in general, and offers specific recommendations for the Bolt, Beranek and Newman site. The author argues that due to the ethereal nature of information technologies, methods commonly used to preserve and interpret technological history sites and resources will require modification to be successfully applied to those of the Information Age. Recommendations are based on the analysis of existing technological history sites, unique characteristics of Information Age sites and resources, and interpretive principles and programs.