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History of communications and the Congruence Engine: early thoughts and possibilities

Agar, Jon; (2023) History of communications and the Congruence Engine: early thoughts and possibilities. Science Museum Group Journal , 18 , Article 10.15180.221806. 10.15180/221806. Green open access

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Abstract

Communications is one of three strands of research under the Congruence Engine project, and will follow the other two, Textiles and Energy, in trialling the application of digital methods to better connect and understand collections held in partner institutions. This paper begins with a discussion of definitions of ‘communications’ and an overview of historiography. Interviews conducted by the author with collaborators (in the Science Museum Group, National Museums of Scotland, BT Archives and Historic England) elicit insights into what the Communications strand of Congruence Engine might achieve, obstacles that might be encountered, research directions to pursue and historical questions to ask. Finally, six possible projects are described and discussed.

Type: Article
Title: History of communications and the Congruence Engine: early thoughts and possibilities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15180/221806
Publisher version: https://dx.doi.org/10.15180/221806
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: communications, Congruence Engine, digital history, digital humanities, historiography, history of communications, history of technology, telecommunications
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159921
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