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What Did Hypertext Look Like in 1974? Here's Andy van Dam's Punchcard

What Did Hypertext Look Like in 1974? Here's Andy van Dam's Punchcard

Guess what NEH found when digitizing its old records? A 1974 application from Internet pioneer Andy van Dam to make an 8 mm movie describing the (still pretty hypothetical) concept of hypertext. When members of the Office of Digital Humanities followed up with Andy to see whatever happened to that movie, he actually produced it and now it is about to have its first public showing, a world premier a mere 42 years (and one World Wide Web) after it was made. 
 
The film will be screened at  as part of the Digital Dialogue series at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, supported once again (you guessed it!) by our friends at the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Professor Andy van Dam himself will be there to introduce the film and answer questions. 

Here are the details:
 
April 25, 2016, Computer Science and the Humanities Then and Now, A Film Screening and Discussion with Andy van Dam: http://mith.umd.edu/research/computer-science-and-the-humanities/[mith.u...

April 26, 2016, Five Decades of Experiments with Hypermedia Systems for the Humanities: http://mith.umd.edu/dialogues/dd-spring-2016-andy-van-dam/[mith.umd.edu] (this presentation may also be live-streamed and archived as a podcast)
 
Photo Credit:  Chris Flynn / National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Special thanks to Ann Sneesby-Koch and Brett Bobley of the Office of Digital Humanities, NEH.
 

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I'm interested in this film because I was a student in the course that was created out of Van Dam's project, which was taught by Robert Scholes in 1975-76. I have a vague memory of someone filming our work in the course, and of commenting on the curriculum to a group of deans and provosts.

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