Anecdotes for the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

This page is for people interested in writing an anecdote for the Annals. Typically they are about 3,000 words long, but they can be considerably less or more.

Below are links to a few examples:

I'm always interested in hearing about ideas for submissions.

Try out your thought on me. Don't assume you know what an anecdote is and that you don't have one. When they hear the word "anecdote", some people think of a cute little story. Our definition of anecdote is much broader than that. I see anecdotes as stories that are not trying to be works of academic history writing. They are told by someone or possible a small team of people about some relatively narrow aspect of computing history in which author(s) participated or of which they otherwise have knowledge from research or personal observation. Anecdotes contribute to the history of something and typically are not about the detailed technology itself although the technology can be sketched to provide context. Occasionally the anecdotes department has been used to show a historical letter or lecture. Also occasionally, anecdotes have been about the process of researching and writing computing history, or about notable computing books or courses.

Take a look at complete list of anecdotes over the decades. Note the diversity of topics.

Again: try your ideas on me.

Dave Walden
Anecdotes editor