We are extremely pleased to announce that Henry Lowood, Curator of the History of Technology and Film & Media Collections of Stanford Libraries, has joined the Softalk Apple Project (STAP) Advisory Board.
"As a grassroots community project, Henry's deep and broad knowledge of museum informatics and the requirements for digital collections preservation and management will be invaluable," said Jim Salmons, a founding organizer of the project and tech lead on the FactMiners companion project, "In addition, his personal deep interest and activity in preserving and exploring the evolution of computer games is a big plus as we evolve the FactMiners social-game ecosystem as an innovative way to document and explore cultural heritiage digital collections."
At Stanford, Henry Lowood has been Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections since 1983. He is a lecturer in the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Thinking Matters program at Stanford, and adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, in the School for Library and Information Science.
Since 2000, he has been director of the How They Got Game Project in the Stanford Humanities Laboratory (SHL), a research project focused on the history of computer games and simulations; between 2004 and 2008 he was co-director of the SHL, as well. Among the many initiatives undertaken by the How They Got Game Project, he is curator of The Machinima Archive and the Archiving Virtual Worlds collection hosted by the Internet Archive and led Stanford’s work on the Preserving Virtual Worlds project, funded by the U.S. Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as other funded research. He has published widely in history of science and technology, library and archival studies, and digital game studies. A complete c.v. is available on-line here.
The Softalk Apple Project is a community project dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and extension of the legacy of Softalk magazine. The 48 monthly issues of Softalk are a unique firsthand historical record of the Microcomputer Revolution, in general, focusing specifically on the impact of Apple Computer. For more information, please visit www.SoftalkApple.com.