A Classification of Methods and Contributions in the Historiography of Nordic Computing

  • Henry Oinas-Kukkonen
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen
  • Veronika Sušová
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 350)

Abstract

The relevance and need of proper scientific methods in the research of computer science history was debated in the closing session of HiNC2 (Turku, August 2007). This text extracts a classification of research approaches and methods from HiNC1 and HiNC2 papers and offers a classification of computer science history to help understand the various research contributions in the field. It recognizes two basic divisions and five dominant approaches in the current research on the History of Nordic computing. The need for a clearer definition of the research methods and approaches in the contributions is evident, and there seems to be a need to broaden the conceptual apparatus.

Keywords

Approaches classification historiography history of Nordic computing methodology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Oinas-Kukkonen
    • 1
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen
    • 2
  • Veronika Sušová
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities, History, Centre of Excellence in ResearchUniversity of OuluFinland
  2. 2.Department of Information Processing ScienceUniversity of OuluFinland
  3. 3.Formerly of Charles UniversityPragueThe Czech Republic

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