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Humanist Archives: July 16, 2020, 7:04 a.m. Humanist 34.168 - the role of the IBM System 360 & successors?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 168.
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        Date: 2020-07-15 16:46:43+00:00
        From: Reg Harbeck  
        Subject: Introductory email, Humanity and the IBM System/360-descended mainframe

Hello, members of the Humanist listserv! I am honoured to join your excellent

I became aware of this listserv in my research for my Master's thesis about the
humanity of the IBM System/360-descended mainframe. It began with reading an
article about Fr. Roberto Busa, and then buying a book about him by Prof. Steven
E. Jones, "Roberto Busa, S. J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing." That
led me to buy two additional books about digital humanities: "Defining Digital
Humanities: A Reader" and "A Companion to Digital Humanities." And they led me
to this listserv, the archives of which I have been eagerly digging through to
find references to IBM mainframes.

Before I provide further context, let me cut to the chase with a request for
your insights:

I would greatly value any insights you can offer about the role of the IBM
System/360 mainframe and its successors (running operating systems that include
OS/360, VM, MVT, MVS, OS/390, z/OS and even VSE and TPF, and possibly Linux
under VM or z/OS containers in more recent years) in the development of the
digital humanities, and also about any contributions that humanities have had to
the creation and ongoing development of that platform.

Depending on any responses received, I can add more context about my personal
and professional journey and thesis if requested.

- Reg Harbeck

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