Borrowing, heavily, from outside disciplines

XVI.6 November + December 2009
Page: 76
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TIMELINESAs we may recall


Authors:
Michael Buckland

Why recall forgotten pioneers? Human-computer interaction is only one specific kind of mediating interface. If we want a broader understanding of interactions, we should be willing to think about other and earlier kinds of interfaces. Bibliographies are a kind of mediating interface between a reader and literature; there are "soft" technologies such as categorization schemes and indexing systems that mediate in both digital and non-digital technologies, and people as intermediaries are, in a sense, interfaces. The following four pioneers—interested in interfaces, from this very broad definition—have been widely forgotten, until the recent revival of interest in the history of…




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