Joan M. Winters papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains electronic mail printings, subject files, notes, conference information, session reports, and conference evaluations that document Joan Winters' involvement in SHARE (an International Business Machines computer user group). Several SHARE projects, such as the FORTRAN Project and especially the Human Factors Project which emphasized computer usability and improved human-machine interfaces, study groups, committees, and a task force are documented in the subject files.
- Creation: 1966-1990
- Winters, Joan M. (Person)
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Joan Margaret Winters began working in Computer Services at Cornell University in 1970. She later became Coordinator for User Support, a position that included managing the office's consulting and educational functions. While at Cornell, Winters also designed and implemented SPINDEX II applications for the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. In 1980 Winters took a position as a scientific programmer in SLAC Computing Services at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
In the mid-1970s Winters became active in SHARE, an International Business Machines (IBM) computer user group. In 1976 she joined SHARE's Human Factors Project, a group dedicated to educating members of SHARE and employees of IBM about the importance of human factors in the design of hardware and, especially, software and conducting research into human factors and software appraisal tools. Winters became deputy manager of the project in 1978 and served as project manager from 1983 to 1987. She also served on the Interactive Systems (INTERSYS) Task Force from 1979-1982 and was a primary author of the task force's report. She became vice chair of the ASCII/EPCDIC Committee (later, a task force) in 1987 and manager of the Integrated Technology Group in 1988. Winters also belonged to the Human Factors Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
2 boxes (1.4 cubic feet)
Contains electronic mail printings, subject files, notes, conference information, session reports, and conference evaluations that document Joan Winters' involvement in SHARE (an International Business Machines computer user group).
Arrangement of Collection
The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
- Conference Materials, 1974-1990
- Electronic Mail, 1979-1987
- Subject Files, 1980-1983
- Groups, Projects and Task Forces, 1966-1990
The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Joan M. Winters in 1991.
- Joan M. Winters Papers, 1966-1990. Finding Aid.
- Prepared by Kevin D. Corbitt, April 1991.
- March 2004
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