September 19th Digital Dialogue: David Kirsch

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A MITH Digital Dialogue

Tuesday, September 19, 12:30-1:45

MITH Conference Room, McKeldin Library B0135

“The Business of America”: Preservation of Born Digital Business Records from the Dot Com Era

by David Kirsch Director, Digital Archive of the Birth of the Dot Com Era and Assistant Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

This presentation examines how the growth of electronic records, their increasing importance in daily business operations, and their routine destruction as a matter of policy will affect the business history of the future. In particular, I look at how historians might encounter the evidentiary record of the first important business events of the electronic era, the rise and fall of internet technology companies during the Dot Com Era. To help address the issues confronting would-be historians, I have created a dedicated digital archive to capture potentially historic business records. I will review the motivations for creating the Archive(s), outline its general goals, and review the essential challenges that have been encountered thus far.

Coming up @MITH Sept. 26th: Kevin Bertram (CEO, Distributive Networks), will present “You Can Take It With You: The Nascent Role for Mobile in the Digital Humanities.” View the complete Fall 2006 schedule for Digital Dialogues here:

Free and open to the public.

Contact: Neil Fraistat, Director, MITH (,, 5-5896).

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