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Aspray, William

Works: 159 works in 510 publications in 5 languages and 20,377 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, htt, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: QA76.17, 004.09
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Most widely held works about William Aspray
Most widely held works by William Aspray
Computer : a history of the information machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly( Book )

54 editions published between 1996 and 2019 in English and held by 4,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blending strong narrative history and a fascinating look at the interface of business and technology, Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the dramatic story of the invention of the computer. Earlier histories of the computer have depicted it as a tool both created by and to be used by scientists to solve their own number-crunching problems - as late as 1949 it was thought by some that the world would never need more than a dozen machines. This book suggests a richer story behind the computer's creation, one that shows how business and government were the first to explore the unlimited potential of the machine as an information processor. Not surprisingly, at the heart of the business story is the name IBM
The Internet and American business by William Aspray( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in English and held by 2,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When we think of the Internet, we generally think of Amazon, Google, Hotmail, Napster, MySpace, and other sites for buying products, searching for information, downloading entertainment, chatting with friends, or posting photographs. In the academic literature about the Internet, however, these uses are rarely covered. The Internet and American Businessfills this gap, picking up where most scholarly histories of the Internet leave off--with the commercialization of the Internet established and its effect on traditional business a fact of life. These essays, describing challenges successfully met by some companies and failures to adapt by others, are a first attempt to understand a dynamic and exciting period of American business history. Tracing the impact of the commercialized Internet since 1995 on American business and society, the book describes new business models, new companies and adjustments by established companies, the rise of e-commerce, and community building; it considers dot-com busts and difficulties encountered by traditional industries; and it discusses such newly created problems as copyright violations associated with music file-sharing and the proliferation of Internet pornography. Contributors: Atsushi Akera, William Aspray, Randal A. Beam, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Paul E. Ceruzzi, James W. Cortada, Wolfgang Coy, Blaise Cronin, Nathan Ensmenger, Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, Brent Goldfarb, Shane Greenstein, Thomas Haigh, Ward Hanson, David Kirsch, Christine Ogan, Jeffrey R. Yost
Women and information technology : research on underrepresentation by J. McGrath Cohoon( )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Computing remains a heavily male-dominated field even after twenty-five years of extensive efforts to promote female participation. The contributors to Women and Information Technology look at reasons for the persistent gender imbalance in computing and explore some strategies intended to reverse the downward trend. The studies included are rigorous social science investigations; they rely on empirical evidence - not rhetoric, hunches, folk wisdom, or off-the-cuff speculation about supposed innate differences between men and women." "Taking advantage of the recent surge in research in this area, the editors present the latest findings of both qualitative and quantitative studies. Each section begins with an overview of the literature on current research in the field, followed by individual studies."--Jacket
Everyday information : the evolution of information seeking in America by William Aspray( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the evolution of information seeking in nine areas of everyday American life. --from publisher description
History and philosophy of modern mathematics by Philip Kitcher( )

23 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in English and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematics was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.The fourteen essays in this volume build on the pioneering effort of Garrett Birkhoff, professor of mathematics at Harvard University, who in 1974 organized a conference of mathematicians and historians of modern mathematics to examine how the two disciplines approach the history of mathematics. In History and Philosophy of Modern Mat
Computing before computers by William Aspray( Book )

10 editions published between 1900 and 1990 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing by William Aspray( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John von Neumann (1903-1957) was unquestionably one of the most brilliant scientists of the twentieth century. He made major contributions to quantum mechanics and mathematical physics and in 1943 began a new and all-too-short career in computer science. William Aspray provides the first broad and detailed account of von Neumann's many different contributions to computing. These, Aspray reveals, extended far beyond his well-known work in the design and construction of computer systems to include important scientific applications, the revival of numerical analysis, and the creation of a theory of computing. Aspray points out that from the beginning von Neumann took a wider and more theoretical view than other computer pioneers. In the now famous EDVAC report of 1945, von Neumann clearly stated the idea of a stored program that resides in the computer's memory along with the data it was to operate on. This stored program computer was described in terms of idealized neurons, highlighting the analogy between the digital computer and the human brain. Aspray describes von Neumann's development during the next decade, and almost entirely alone, of a theory of complicated information processing systems, or automata, and the introduction of themes such as learning, reliability of systems with unreliable components, self-replication, and the importance of memory and storage capacity in biological nervous systems; many of these themes remain at the heart of current investigations in parallel or neurocomputing. Aspray allows the record to speak for itself. He unravels an intricate sequence of stories generated by von Neumann's work and brings into focus the interplay of personalities centered about von Neumann. He documents the complex interactions of science, the military, and business and shows how progress in applied mathematics was intertwined with that in computers. - Publisher
Health informatics : a patient-centered approach to diabetes( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The health care industry has been slow to join the information technology revolution; handwritten records are still the primary means of organizing patient care. Concerns about patient privacy, the difficulty of developing appropriate computing tools and information technology, high costs, and the resistance of some physicians and nurses have hampered the use of technology in health care. In 2009, the U.S. government committed billions of dollars to health care technology. Many questions remain, however, about how to deploy these resources. In Health Informatics, experts in technology, joined by clinicians, use diabetes--a costly, complex, and widespread disease that involves nearly every facet of the health care system--to examine the challenges of using the tools of information technology to improve patient care." "Unlike other books on medical informatics that discuss such topics as computerized order entry and digital medical records, Health Informatics focuses on the patient, charting the information problems patients encounter in different stages of the disease. Chapters discuss ubiquitous computing as a tool to move diabetes care out of the doctor's office, technology and chronic disease management, educational gaming as a way to help patients understand their disease, patient access to information, and methodological and theoretical concerns." "We need both technologists and providers at the drawing board in order to design and deploy effective digital tools for health care. This book examines and exemplifies this necessary collaboration."--BOOK JACKET
Privacy in America : interdisciplinary perspectives by William Aspray( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays represents original and interdisciplinary work in which respected scholars address a number of privacy issues. They include the development and deployment of governmental and private-sector technologies that can pose serious compromises to the privacy of individuals and groups; how information--and communication system--designs pose threats to privacy; the management of private concerns (child care, job leave, and identity) as public issues amenable to political action and shared awareness; and the fundamental asymmetry of power that exists between individuals and small groups on the one hand and large governmental and corporate entities on the other. Organized into three sections--law and policy; information technology; and information studies, history, and sociology--Privacy in America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives will be useful to scholars, practitioners, and students in a variety of fields, including information science, library science, and information systems"--Provided by publisher
Fake news nation : the long history of lies and misinterpretations in America by James W Cortada( Book )

6 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the election of Donald Trump as president, people in the United States and across large swaths of Europe, Latin America, and Asia engaged in the most intensive discussion in modern times about falsehoods pronounced by public officials. Fake facts in their various forms have long been present in American life, particularly in its politics, public discourse, and business activities - going back to the time when the country was formed. This book explores the long tradition of fake facts, in their various guises, in American history. It is one of the first historical studies to place the long history of lies and misrepresentation squarely in the middle of American political, business, and science policy rhetoric. In Fake News Nation, James Cortada and William Aspray present a series of case studies that describe how lies and fake facts were used over the past two centuries in important instances in American history. Cortada and Aspray give readers a perspective on fake facts as they appear today and as they are likely to appear in the future. --
Food in the Internet age by William Aspray( )

15 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines food in the United States in the age of the Internet. One major theme running through the book is business opportunities and failures, as well as the harms to consumers and traditional brick-and-mortar companies that occurred as entrepreneurs tried to take advantage of the Internet to create online companies related to food. The other major theme is the concept of trust online and different models used by different companies to make their web presence seem trustworthy. The book describes a number of major food companies, including AllRecipes, Betty Crocker, Cook's Illustrated, Epicurious, Groupon, OpenTable, and Yelp. The book draws on business history, food studies, and information studies for its approach
Women and underrepresented minorities in computing : a historical and social study by William Aspray( )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Hungarian and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text examines in detail the issue of the underrepresentation of women, African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics in the computing disciplines in the U.S. The work reviews the underlying causes, as well as the efforts of various nonprofit organizations to correct the situation, in order to both improve social equity and address the shortage of skilled workers in this area. Topics and features: presents a digest and historical overview of the relevant literature from a range of disciplines, including leading historical and social science sources; discusses the social and political factors that have affected the demographics of the workforce from the end of WWII to the present day; provides historical case studies on organizations that have sought to broaden participation in computing and the STEM disciplines; reviews the different approaches that have been applied to address underrepresentation, at the individual, system-wide, and pathway-focused level; profiles the colleges and universities that have been successful in opening up computer science or engineering to female students; describes the impact of individual change-agents as well as whole organizations."--Publisher's description
Digital media : technological and social challenges of the interactive world by Megan Alicia Winget( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There has been an explosion in the creation and use of digital media over the past quarter century and in particular over the past decade. This book carefully examines multiple aspects of digital media from the different perspectives of some of the top
Formal and informal approaches to food policy by William Aspray( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Formal approaches are those taken by government bodies through laws, court decisions and actions of government regulatory bodies. Informal approaches are those taken by individuals, non profit organizations, industries working at self-regulation, etc. Because the formal means are tied to a particular legal system, this kind of approach is nation-specific and the book focuses on the United States. But many of the things the authors have to say about US food policy and the interactions between formal and informal approaches would also be of interest to policymakers and food industry professionals in other countries. Coverage includes the regulation of food advertising on children's television and the internet, regulation of school lunch programsand the influence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama
Papers of John von Neumann on computing and computer theory by John Von Neumann( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and German and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Participation in computing : The National Science Foundation's expansionary programs by William Aspray( )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and German and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text presents a focus on the efforts of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden participation in computing of women, underrepresented minorities (especially African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians), and people with disabilities. The work illuminates a mostly overlooked aspect of NSF’s history, and provides an historical framework to the social scientists working on current Sloan Foundation grants related to underrepresentation in computing. Topics and features: Discusses the importance and extent of underrepresentation in computing Surveys the coevolution of computing and the NSF since the end of the Second World War Describes the history of NSF programs intended to broaden participation in the computing and STEM disciplines up to the present day Examines in detail the Alliances formed under the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing program – arguably NSF’s most successful activity in this realm Reviews NSF’s recent effort to revitalize formal K-12 education in the United States Contrasts these formal efforts with more informal startup efforts to provide informal computer education This important study will be of great value to a broad audience including social scientists and learning scientists interested in computing, computer scientists interested in issues of education or diversity, science policymakers, and historians of science and technology. Dr. William Aspray is the Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His other Springer publications include Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing, Formal and Informal Approaches to Food Policy and Food in the Internet Age
Historical Studies in Computing, Information, and Society : Insights from the Flatiron Lectures( )

9 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a volume of chapters on the historical study of information, computing, and society written by seven of the most senior, distinguished members of the History of Computing field. These are edited, expanded versions of papers presented in a distinguished lecture series in 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder - in the shadow of the Flatirons, the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Topics range widely across the history of computing. They include the digitalization of computer and communication technologies, gender history of computing, the history of data science, incentives for innovation in the computing field, labor history of computing, and the process of standardization. Authors were given wide latitude to write on a topic of their own choice, so long as the result is an exemplary article that represents the highest level of scholarship in the field, producing articles that scholars in the field will still look to read twenty years from now. The intention is to publish articles of general interest, well situated in the research literature, well grounded in source material, and well-polished pieces of writing. The volume is primarily of interest to historians of computing, but individual articles will be of interest to scholars in media studies, communication, computer science, cognitive science, general and technology history, and business -- Back cover
Chasing Moore's law : information technology policy in the United States( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book provides an introductory overview to all of the major policy issues in the United States related to information technology. These issues include federal funding of research that helped to create the Internet; telecommunications issues such as regulations about wireless technologies; computer security and homeland defense; governance and the use of the Internet such as spam, viruses, electronic voting, taxation of online commerce, and child pornography; privacy; intellectual property issues such as copyright infringement related to peer-to-peer sharing of music and video files, or trademark infringement through the misuse of domain names ("cybersquatting"); antitrust in the software industry; uneven access to information technology in poor, rural, and minority communities ("Digital Divide"); and visas for foreign workers. Every chapter identifies the main players, the history of legislation and court cases in this area, and describes recent events." "Accessible and interesting to both policy people and technical computing people, as well as to any computer user or IT worker who wanted a general understanding of these issues." "The book will help policy people, most of whom are generalists, to understand the basic issues of IT policy. The book will also help IT professionals to understand the process by which their technology is politically controlled."--BOOK JACKET
From urban legends to political fact-checking : online scrutiny in America, 1990-2015 by William Aspray( )

8 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text presents an historical examination of political fact-checking, highlighting how this is part of a larger phenomenon of online scrutiny that manifests itself in multiple forms. Reflecting the long history of "fake facts" in America, the book discusses important developments in this area from the emergence of the public Internet in the 1990s to the start of the Trump-Clinton presidential election campaigns. Topics and features: Describes how some of the major players in political fact-checking began with the purpose of scrutinizing and debunking of urban legends Considers how this was part of a wider culture, encompassing B-grade horror movies, truth-or-fiction television shows, and groups warning about computer viruses Explains how such developments are connected, revealing political fact-checking as one of many forms of scrutiny applied in the face of a complex, dangerous world Provides a range of detailed case studies, covering such topics as the rumors surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and academic interest in contemporary legends Discusses how pre-Internet technologies such as bulletin boards, Usenet, and proprietary online service providers such as CompuServe and AOL were used to both disseminate and debunk urban legends Examines the rise of political fact-checking, reviewing all of the major initiatives in this area undertaken in the United States This timely study touches on issues of popular culture and major events, and offers profiles of colorful individuals and organizations, and as such will appeal to a broad audience interested in the history of fact-checking and efforts to protect the political process from falsehoods
Technological competitiveness : contemporary and historical perspectives on the electrical, electronics, and computer industries by William Aspray( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Women and information technology : research on underrepresentation
The Internet and American businessWomen and information technology : research on underrepresentationEveryday information : the evolution of information seeking in AmericaJohn von Neumann and the origins of modern computingHealth informatics : a patient-centered approach to diabetesPrivacy in America : interdisciplinary perspectivesChasing Moore's law : information technology policy in the United States
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