Abstract

Abstract:

This article reconsiders from current archival perspectives the debate surrounding the failed proposal for a national data center in the 1960s. Whereas most accounts of the 1960s effort to construct a national data center in the United States focus on privacy issues, this account focuses more broadly on contextualizing the concerns of the social science community regarding the fragmented state of data archives and on explaining why that moment in particular was a crucial culminating point of sociohistorical and technological pressures in the wider histories of digital computing, archives, data storage, and social science scholarship.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 203-242
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-13
Open Access
No
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