Software Preservation Group (SPG)

SI SIG
Douglas Engelbart & team demonstrate NLS/Augment software (c. 1975), Software Collections Committee meeting Jan.,2006

In Fall 2003, the Software Preservation Group (SPG) was formed by a group of trustees, staff, and volunteers to explore how to collect and preserve software in support of the Museum mission. The work of the SPG includes:

  • Preserving and collecting software
  • Identifying best practices
  • Fostering an open alliance of the many broadly-based collecting efforts taking place today
The SPG maintains a web site describing its current projects, which include early FORTRAN, Lisp, and NLS/Augment.

Related Materials

History of FORTRAN and FORTRAN II

History of FORTRAN and FORTRAN II

This was a pilot project of the Software Preservation Group to develop expertise in the collection, preservation, and presentation of historic software.
History of LISP

History of LISP

LISP was one of the earliest high-level programming languages, introduced ideas such as garbage collection, recursive functions, symbolic expressions, and dynamic type-checking; it is still in use.
NLS Augment Index

NLS Augment Index

NLS was a revolutionary collaboration system designed by Douglas Engelbart and his team in the Augmentation Research Center at the Stanford Research Institute during the 1960s and 1970s.

Contacts

TELEPHONE EMAIL WEBSITE
650-810-1046 SPG