Computing in Transition: The Origins of Barcelona’s School of Informatics, 1976–1984

The first Spanish computer science university degrees were established in Catalonia in 1976 amidst the country’s political transition to democracy. Based on an oral history project and the school’s archives, this article shows that the development of Barcelona’ School of Informatics was the result of policymaking by a powerful association of informatics technicians that pushed the government and academy for formal studies inside the university.