Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)

Subject: Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 22:09:37 +1000

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:

>It's probably a matter of historical perspective. Some
>of us were mucking around with computers long before
>anyone thought up the name "information technology,"
>we set up our own computers in the office and the only
>time we have any contact with anyone providing "IT
>services" is when the network and email go down.

Your chronology is mistaken. "Information Science" as a field of study was
alive and well at least as early as the early 1970s -- earlier I would bet
but I haven't Googled. I'm just remembering the course catalogue at the
University I attended at that time.

"Information Technology", it's offspring, was still a fledgeling but was
already identified as an "Industry."

Talking about "IT services" within a business organisation is a whole nother
kettle of horses of different colors.

The question being asked, according to the OP, is "What industry do you
work in" -- not what department.

Okay, now I HAVE Googled, and I uncovered the following:

Title: A method for investigating the behavior of attributes which belong
to information storage and retrieval systems.
Authors: Heckman, Ralph Paul
Information science
Subjects: Information storage and retrieval systems
Issue Date: 1965
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology

So there's a 1965 date for "Information Science".

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