John Hollar, Computer History Museum (CHM) President and CEO, delivered a progress report on CHM activities at the January 7th IEEE Life Member meeting in Mt View, CA. The CHM has become the leading institution that's archived computer artifacts, but is now recognized as a thought leader on the impact of computing on our society.
Four CHM areas were cited by John as being particularly successful:
1. Events such as lectures and conversations, such as the Revolutionary series, have been very well attended and widely acclaimed for excellence. The Revolutionaries series launched with 13 lectures in 2011 and won such acclaim that it has been extended for another 14 events in 2012-13.
The list of upcoming CHM events is at: http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/
2. Digital media, especially on-line and live video, has significantly increased in the past year.
PBS stations KQED and KQED+ are broadcasting selected CHM Revolutionary series lectures. “Revolutionaries takes viewers inside the minds of some of technology field’s brightest lights,” said Becca King Reed, executive director of KQED Silicon Valley and executive producer for KQED Plus. “We are very happy to present another season of this insightful program to our audience.”
Upcoming KQED broadbcasts of CHM Revolutionary series lectures: http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=20444
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There's also the CHM You Tube channel which has archived videos of Revolutionary series one: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFE64B625AB4A8FC7
Additionally, most CHM lectures are carried on KQED-FM and are frequently featured on C- SPAN’s “BookTV” and on prime-time C-SPAN telecasts. Curently, there are eight CHM programs archived at the C-SPAN Video Library: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/organization/65607
Finally, CHM currently holds a digital collection of over 84 terabytes, growing at a rate of 12-15 terabytes annually.
3. The CHM has become a hub in Silicon Valley for folks to gather and hold events. The musuem has become a very popular venue for conferences, corporate functions, celebrations, receptions, seminars, holiday parties, sales meetings, banquets and more. There were 370 events held in 365 days of the year. More info is at: http://www.computerhistory.org/venue/
4. CHM exhibit attendence was up significantly last year with over 125,000 visitors enjoying the exhibits, including over 3,000 student visitors.
For more information, check out CHM's 2012 Fiscal Year report at: http://www.computerhistory.org/about/2012-chm-fr.pdf