Edit Proposal: Milestone-Proposal:Special Citation: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: You are not currently logged in. The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. Please log in or create an account. Docket ID: (admins only) Thank you for proposing a technical achievement for possible recognition as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. Your efforts help preserve the heritage of technology. Detailed information on the Milestone application process may be found at: Milestone Guidelines and How to Propose a Milestone. At least one of the proposer(s) must be an IEEE Member (including Student Member) in good standing. To the proposer’s knowledge, is this achievement subject to litigation? If the answer is "yes", the proposal cannot proceed further. Yes No You must be able to answer "yes" to all of the following questions. If the answer to any of the following questions is "no", the proposal cannot proceed further. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to answer "yes" to all of the following and would still like to proceed. Is the achievement you are proposing more than 25 years old? Yes No Is the achievement you are proposing within IEEE’s designated fields as defined by IEEE Bylaw I-104.11, namely: Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, and Law and Policy. Yes No Did the achievement provide a meaningful benefit for humanity? Yes No Was it of at least regional importance? Yes No Has an IEEE Organizational Unit agreed to pay for the milestone plaque(s)? Yes No Has an IEEE Organizational Unit agreed to arrange the dedication ceremony? Yes No Has the IEEE Section in which the milestone is located agreed to take responsibility for the plaque after it is dedicated? Yes No Has the owner of the site given permission to place an IEEE plaque? Yes No Year or range of years in which the achievement occurred: Title of the proposed milestone. (Include date or date range in title. Example: “Alternating Current Electrification, 1886”) Please provide a plaque citation in English summarizing the achievement and its significance. Text absolutely limited by plaque dimensions to 70 words; 60 is preferable for aesthetic reasons. NOTE: The IEEE History Committee shall have final determination on the wording of the citation. Names of living persons are not normally used in citations. Exceptions to this are cases where the person's name is linked to the achievement itself (e.g. the Lempel-Ziv algorithm, Maxwell's Equations, etc.) or where the person's name is so widely recognizeable to the general public that it makes sense to use it. When used, the names should be the names of the engineers, scientists, or technologists who actually made the achievement, rather than managers or executives. For more information and suggestions about writing milestone citations, please visit Helpful Hints on Citations, Plaque Locations. One of the largest computer museums in the world, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum presents 5000 years of computing history from the emergence of numbers and lettering circa 3000 B.C.E. to the modern digital age. Through presentations, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions, it has provided a broad audience with the insights and perspectives required to navigate a world that is increasingly shaped by digital technology. In what IEEE section(s) will the milestone plaque(s) reside? Please specify the IEEE Organizational Unit(s) which have agreed to sponsor the Milestone, and supply name and contact information for the senior officer from those OU(s). Sponsorship has three aspects: 1) Payment for the cost of the plaque(s), 2) Arranging the dedication ceremony, and 3) agreeing to monitor the plaque and to let IEEE History Center staff know in case the plaque needs to be moved, is no longer secure, etc. Number 3 must be done by the IEEE Section(s) in which the plaque(s) is located, but aspects 1 and 2 can be done by any IEEE Organizational Unit, and they need not be the same one. Please note: your email address and contact information will be masked on the website for privacy reasons. Only IEEE History Center Staff will be able to view the email address. 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A museum where a device or example of the technology is displayed, or the university where the inventor studied, are not, in themselves, sufficient connection for a milestone plaque. Also, please Describe briefly the intended site(s) of the milestone plaque(s). (e.g. Is it corporate buildings? Historic Site? Residential? Are there other historical markers already at the site?) Are the original buildings extant? Please provide the details of the mounting, i.e. on the outside of the building, in the ground floor entrance hall, on a plinth on the grounds, etc. How is the intended plaque site protected/secured, and in what ways is it accessible to the public? If visitors to the plaque site will need to go through security, or make an appointment, please give details as well as the contact information visitors will need in order to arrange to visit the plaque. Who is the present owner of the site(s)? In the space below, please describe in detail: the historic significance of the achievement, its importance to the evolution of electrical and computer engineering and science, its importance to regional/national/international development, its benefits to humanity, the ways the achievement was a significant advance rather than an incremental improvement of existing technology. The material submitted here will constitute the main descriptive article on the ETHW website for readers to learn about the milestone. Space is unlimited, and detail is encouraged. Most milestones require 1000 to 1500 words of support, however there is no word limit. The article should be readable by a wide audience that includes practicing engineers, scholars of history, and the general public. Some examples of the text of good milestone articles are First Radio Astronomical Observations Using Very Long Baseline Interferometry] and G3_Facsimile International Standardization of G3 Facsimile (Do not worry about the formatting of the page, IEEE History Center Staff will do that afterwards.) What is the historical significance of the work (its technological, scientific, or social importance)? The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) is one of the largest computer museums in the world. Every year over 100.000 visitors come to Paderborn to learn about the history of computers in the permanent exhibition that spans 6.000 m² (around 65.000 ft²) and contains 2.500 objects. The museum is located in a building that has a historic significance itself: The former headquarter of the “Nixdorf Computer AG” (NCAG), which once was one of the largest computer companies in Europe. The initial collection was donated by Heinz Nixdorf, who was convinced that computers were a tool for mankind to build a better future. He therefore envisioned the museum as a place for a broad public to learn about the history of this technology. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also has a complete floor for special exhibitions that focus on different topics like “Hello Universe! The experience of space travel” (2020), “Digging Deep - Hidden treasures from the museum’s warehouse” (2018), “IT began with Ada. Women in computer history” (2015), “Codes and Clowns. Claude Shannon - Juggler of science” (2009 – 2010), “Computer.Sport” (2009), “Computer.Medicine” (2006 - 2007) or “Computer.brain” (2001 – 2002). The actual exhibition is only one of the many ways that the museum teaches its visitors about computers. It is called “MuseumsForum” because the building also has 7 seminar rooms and a large auditorium (386 seats) in which a wide variety of events and conferences take place. The museum is supposed to be a place where people learn and discuss historic and contemporary technologies, their potentials and risks for society. From the opening of the museum in 1996 until the end of 2020 the museum hosted 20.980 events in total. For children and pupils, the museum offers a wide range of courses and regularly hosts science competitions. Apart from the educational aspect, the mission of the museum is also to retrieve and preserve the knowledge of how historic computers worked and how they were used. To this end, the museum follows a strategy that combines a large archive (300 m², 3200 ft²), a library with 14.000 books, reconstruction projects and the collection of oral histories. In the community there is an ongoing discussion to what extent old computers should be kept operational or whether they should be sealed away for preservation. The HNF tries to balance the different aspects of conservation and takes an active part in the discussion with partners worldwide. For the reconstruction of an ENIAC accumulator panel the museum won the 2016 Tony Sale Award. It is currently working on a functional replica of Claude Shannon's mouse in a maze machine (“Thesus”) and a tube based replica of Heinz Nixdorf’s first electronic accumulator (“Elektronensaldierer”). What obstacles (technical, political, geographic) needed to be overcome? From the first idea of a computer museum in 1977 it took 19 years until the museum was finally opened. After the death of Heinz Nixdorf in 1986 the future of the project was uncertain. Thanks to the continued effort of Willi Lenz and the Nixdorf foundation the decision to establish a computer museum in Paderborn was taken in 1990. The Berlin architects (AGM) and a scientific and technical working group in Paderborn started intensive work on the concept as of mid-1993 under the lead of managing director Norbert Ryska. A total of 100 experts from around the world were involved in the consultations, while work on the envisaged topics was entrusted to twelve local scientists. Meanwhile, a dozen interior designers, designers and multimedia programmers are involved in the project at AGM in Berlin. Simultaneous work on 60 exhibition areas called for ongoing complex coordination and planning between scientists, designers, technicians and structural engineers. On 24 October 1996, the HNF was officially opened by Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl. What features set this work apart from similar achievements? The museum in its size and broad engagement in computer history is a unique place that attracts visitors and historians from around the world. It does not only focus on the exhibition of historic artifacts, but plays an active role as it organized two international conferences on history of computing in 1998 and 2000: - http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/termine/paderbo.htm - Hashagen, Ulf; Keil-Slawik, Reinhard; Norberg, Arthur L. (Eds.): History of Computing: Software Issues. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer 2002 The museum is also in close contact with other museums in Germany and worldwide and has fruitful collaborations and exchanges of ideas. One example of such a collaboration are the “Cypher Events” that were conducted between the HNF and the british National Museum of Computing (TNMoC) in Bletchley Park. During the first event in 2007, a secret message was encrypted using an original Lorenz SZ42 machine from WWII and sent from Paderborn to Bletchley Park using Morse code. There, the encrypted message was fed to the Colossus rebuild which then cracked the code. This event was repeated 10 years later, but this time the message was encrypted using an Enigma and decrypted using the Turing-Welchman Bombe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPWrf2TQdE8). Supporting texts and citations to establish the dates, location, and importance of the achievement. You must supply the texts or excerpts themselves, not just the references. Minimum of five (5), but as many as needed to support the milestone, such as patents, contemporary newspaper articles, journal articles, or chapters in scholarly books. At least one of the references must be from a scholarly book or journal article. 'Scholarly' is defined as peer-reviewed, with references, and published. The full reference, in English, must be uploaded, not just the citation. See below section for details on uploading material to the website. All supporting materials must be in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Facts and figures about the museum: - https://www.hnf.de/en/the-hnf/facts-figures.html List of previous special exhibitions: - https://www.hnf.de/en/exhibitions/review.html Tony Sale Award: - https://www.tnmoc.org/news-releases/2016/11/18/tony-sale-award-2016 - https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38026006 Article about the museum’s approach to conservation and education: - J. Blobel and J. Viehoff, “The New Public Engagement in Computer Museums and in the History of Computing Machines”, Proc. Making IT Work, p. 81-90, May 2017, https://www.computerconservationsociety.org/miw/Proc%20MIW%202017.pdf Virtual tour through the museum: - https://www.hnf.de/en/permanent-exhibition/virtual-tour.html Supporting materials (supported formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC) which can be made publicly available on the IEEE History Center’s website (i.e. unencumbered by copyright, or with the copyright holder’s permission). All supporting materials must be in English, or if not in English, accompanied by an English translation. You must supply the texts or excerpts themselves, not just the references. Images and photographs are especially appreciated, however, it is necessary that you list the copyright owner for these and obtain the copyright owner’s permission to reuse. For documents that are copyright-encumbered, or which you do not have rights to post, email the documents themselves to email@example.com. Please see the Milestone Program Guidelines for more information. To add attachments, first upload the file and add by adding the text: [[Media:(filename)]] For example, if the file you uploaded was named "Milestone Reference.pdf", include the text: [[Media:Milestone Reference.pdf]] in the appropriate field. [[Media:Site-owner-permission-hnf.pdf]] [[Media:IEEE Milestone HNF sponsorship.pdf]] [[Media:HNF_IEEE_Citation_letter_Weber.pdf]] [[Media:HNF_IEEE_support_GermanMuseumofTechnology_20210305_0001.pdf]] [[Media:2007_Okt_Daily_Express.pdf]] [[Media:2007_Daily_Mail.pdf]] Please email a jpeg or PDF a letter in English, or with English translation, from the site owner(s) giving permission to place IEEE milestone plaque on the property, and a letter (or forwarded email) from the appropriate Section Chair supporting the Milestone application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Attention: Milestone Administrator." Note that there are multiple texts of the letter depending on whether an IEEE organizational unit other than the section will be paying for the plaque(s). Submit this proposal to the IEEE History Committee for review. 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