The 900-page Information: A Historical Companion will be released by Princeton University Press in late January. It was the outcome of four years working with three co-editors and more than 100 contributors. It was also personally the outcome of 15 years teaching the course “History of Information” to undergraduates here at Berkeley. In this talk, I will reflect on these experiences to explore the utility and challenges of historicizing information.
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Paul Duguid is an adjunct full professor at the School of Information and formerly professorial research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. Intermittently, he has held visiting positions at the University of Lille, the École Polytechnique in Paris, and Copenhagen Business School, and honorary positions at the universities of York and Lancaster in the U.K. From 1989 to 2001 he was affiliated to the Office of Central Management at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); prior to that, a member of PARC's affiliated Institute for Research on Learning.
At Berkeley, he teaches “Concepts of Information” (INFO 218) and “History of Information” (INFO 103). His current research interests include the history and development of trademarks and the history of the concept of information.