About SiliconBase & The ITSP

More About the ITSP & SiliconBase

More About The ITSP

ITSP Project History

Phase I: Building the Archive. The ITSP (originally called the Silicon Valley Project) was initiated in 1993 by Prof. Timothy Lenoir, Chair of Stanford's Program in History & Philosophy of Science, with seed money from the Stanford University Libraries, the Provost for Research, the Dean of Humanities & Sciences, and the Peter Bing Foundation. Working with graduate students and the Libraries' Academic Software Development group (ASD), Prof. Lenoir assembled an online archive comprising some 2,000 documents, including text, images, videos, and sound recordings. Lenoir and ASD also developed a variety of experimental interfaces and cataloguing tools. The project uses ASD's proprietary MediaWeaver multimedia distributed database management software to allow storage, retrieval, and searching of documents of any size, type, or data format with equal ease.

Phase II: Providing Universal WWW Access. In 1995 Prof. Paul N. Edwards of the Program in Science, Technology, & Society (STS) joined the Project as its new Director. He has guided development of a state-of-the-art World Wide Web site to allow widespread, seamless access to SiliconBase materials. In addition to document access, in Phase II SiliconBase added complete bibliographic information on its entire collection and the first "guided tours" of the database.

Phase III: Outreach, Extension, and Teaching. In Phase III -- beginning in Winter, 1995-96 -- the ITSP has engaged in public outreach. We have begun actively to solicit donations of individual and corporate archives beyond those currently available through Stanford University Special Collections. In addition we have sought to build research collaborations with groups outside Stanford, encouraging others to participate with us in better defining the archive for purposes of analysis and experimentation. One such experimental activity has been support for "electronic course reserves": using Stanford's computer network to deliver electronic course readers for students.Profs. Lenoir and Edwards have each used SiliconBase electronic readers in their courses.


Individual Collaborators

  • Dr. Cuthbert Hurd (computer pioneer and former head, IBM Applied Sciences Dept.)
  • Gwen Bell (co-founder, Computer Museum; former president, Association for Computing Machinery)
  • Gordon Bell (computer pioneer; Computer Museum co-founder)
  • Howard Rheingold (journalist; author of Tools for Thought)
  • Prof. William F. Miller (Stanford Business School; Director, Stanford Computer Industry Project)
  • Prof. Terry Winograd (Stanford Computer Science Dept.; Co-Director, Digital Libraries Project)
  • Prof. Carey Heckman (Stanford Law & Technology Policy Center)
  • Dr. Henry Lowood (Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Stanford Libraries)
  • Michael Malone (journalist, filmmaker, pioneer historian of Silicon Valley)

Collaborating Organizations

The Computer Museum (Boston) The London Science Museum
Stanford Digital Libraries Project CalTech Beckman Center Project
Stanford Computer Forum The Stanford and the Silicon Valley Project (SSVP)
Stanford Computer Industry Project (SCIP) Stanford Law and Technology Policy Center (LTPC)
Computer History Association of California Stanford Science, Technology & Economics Group (STEG)
Stanford Symbolic Systems Program The Prologue Group (corporate historians)


Faculty and Staff Researchers

Paul N. Edwards
Director, Information Technology & Society Project
Acting Asst. Prof., Program in Science, Technology & Society
Phone: 723-6817
Timothy Lenoir
Founder, Information Technology & Society Project
Professor of History
Director, Program in History and Philosophy of Science
Phone: 723-2993
Michael Winnick
Designer and Manager of SiliconBase
Phone: 723-5418
Henry Lowood
ITSP archivist and library consultant
Curator, Germanic Collections, University Libraries


Previous Staff and Researchers

Christophe M.P. Lecuyer
Weston Parker Headley
Phillip Stevens Thurtle

Student Assistants

Nikki Torigoe

Khoi Tran, Assistant Editor emeritus
Monica Zema Lam
Soojin Lee
Alys May Shanti
James Michael Reinhold
Kevin Martin Knestrick
Paul-Charles Archimede Pietranico

Future Directions

We will continue to add materials on the history and sociology of computers, as well as important new video material being gathered on Silicon Valley pioneers. Secondly, we will develop additional "guided tours," drawing elements of our digital library into useful synopses on various topics. A third focus of our project will be to provide an automated "course reader builder" for on-line courseware development. As new information infrastructures allow, we plan to establish an on-line video forum, conduct collaborative on-line classes, and increase the capability of our Web interface.

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