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Original Documents of German Computer Pioneer

Freie Universität Berlin and Deutsches Museum in Munich Open New Konrad Zuse Internet Archive

№ 232/2012 from Aug 23, 2012

As of August 30 documents from the estate of the computer pioneer Konrad Zuse (1910-1995) will be available online to the general public in the new Konrad Zuse Internet Archive. In honor of the occasion, a joint meeting devoted to Zuse’s work will be held by researchers from Freie Universität and the Deutsches Museum. During the past two years, as part of a project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), scientists from these two institutions worked to make important parts of Zuse’s work available in digital form. Among other things, the archive contains the circuits of his early calculating machines and simulations of the machines that are easy enough for the average person to understand. The archive is constantly growing.

A photo of the Z1 calculator is available for representatives of the media to download at //www.fu-berlin.de/presse/informationen/fup/2012/fup_12_232 . There are no royalty fees as long as credit is given to Julian Röder/Freie Universität Berlin.

At the meeting there will be lectures on the history of the computer and presentations on the work of Konrad Zuse. How his first calculatior, the so-called Z1, functioned will be depicted in an interactive three-dimensional simulation and in a 360-degree object panorama, which emerged in collaboration with the Technology Enhanced Textbook team from the physics education group at Freie Universität. "Through digitization, long-term archiving, and open access publication the project contributes to the preservation of our cultural heritage," said Raúl Rojas, a professor of computer science at Freie Universität Berlin and one of the directors of the project.

The Konrad Zuse Internet Archive can be used free of charge and is available to everyone as a source of information about Zuse and his work. The DFG is contributing 400,000 euros through its cultural heritage program.

For more information and interview requests

  • Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas, Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-75148, Email: zusearchive@zib.de
  • Dr. Wilhelm Füßl, Director, Archive of the Deutsches Museum, Tel.: +49 (0)89 / 2179-220, Email: archiv@deutsches-museum.de

Location and Time

  • Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin, Seminarraum, Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3); map: www.zib.de/de/institut/besucher/anfahrt.html
  • Thursday, August 30, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Konrad Zuse Internet Archive: http://zuse.zib.de

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Source: Julian Röder/Freie Universität Berlin