The Global Virtual Museum of Information Science & Technology, a Project Idea

  • Giovanni A. CignoniEmail author
  • Giovanni A. Cossu
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 491)


Information Science & Technology (IST) has pervasively affected our everyday life, thus becoming a proper cultural heritage of humanity. The growing curiosity about IST history has determined the creation of important collections devoted to the conservation of IST relics. Physical relics are naturally located close to their origins, but they are only one aspect of preservation and dissemination of IST history. The whole knowledge about IST history has to go beyond the local boundaries and become a globally shared and worldwide accessible heritage. Our proposal is to establish a Global Virtual Museum of IST based on a knowledge base able to manage all the information of the domain, created and updated by museum keepers and other experts, and capable of offering new enjoyment opportunities to a wider public audience. It is a radical change in the idea itself of cultural heritage information management, up to now bound to the traditional cataloguing approaches.


Virtual museums Cultural heritage management Knowledge base 



The idea of a KB to manage all the information related to IST History has been previously presented at the National Conference of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities [34] and originates from a local experience within the HMR Project [35]: we wish to thanks Giuseppe Lettieri for the many fruitful discussions as well as the students who worked on the CHKB prototype. Many thanks also to the Hyperborea staff, in particular Luca Piaraccini, Cecilia Poggetti, Sauro Salvadori and Norma Zanetti, for their contribution both on the project vision and on the technical issues.

The images of the Apple-1 and the Kim-1 used in Fig. 1 are taken from the websites of the cited collections [36, 37]. The image of the Apple-1 manual is taken from the Computer History Museum website [20]. The image of the Byte cover is taken from the Internet Archive [38].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hyperborea srlNavacchio, PisaItaly

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