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International Y2K Cooperation Center records

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 153

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the materials of the International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC), assembled during the year leading up to the year 2000 date conversion (a.k.a. Y2K). Includes country reports, newsclippings, country questionnaires, country telephone directories, background materials on Y2K and IY2KCC, audio visual materials, conference reports and presentation, sector reports, and papers of Bruce W. McConnell, director of IY2KCC.

There is quite a bit of overlap between the files. Researchers looking for materials to any one country's approach to Y2K would find relevant materials in sector reports; newsclippings; country and regional information; reports, presentation and papers; and audio visual materials.

Dates

  • 1998-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, Korean, French, and other languages are represented in the collection.

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Historical Note

The year 2000 date conversion (Y2K) was a result of how dates were entered into computers. In the early years of computer programming, disk space was very expensive. To save space, dates were shortened to the last two digits of the year, e.g. 1968 would be entered as 68. It was assumed that the century would fall within the 1900s. At the turn of the new century, this flaw could cause computers to read dates as 1900, instead of 2000, resulting in a variety of computer malfunctions.

The International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC) was established at the behest of national Y2K coordinators from over 120 countries when they met at the First Global Meeting of National Y2K Coordinators at the United Nations in December 1988. IY2KCC established an office in Washington, D.C. in March 1999. Funding was provided by the World Bank and Bruce W. McConnell was appointed as director.

IY2KCC's mission was to "promote increased strategic cooperation and action among governments, peoples, and the private sector to minimize adverse Y2K effects on the global society and economy." Activities of IY2KCC were conducted in six areas:
  1. National Readiness: Promoting Y2K programs worldwide
  2. Regional Cooperation: Promoting and supporting coordination within defined geographic areas
  3. Sector Cooperation: Promoting and supporting coordination within and across defined economic sectors
  4. Continuity and Response Cooperation: Promoting and supporting coordination to ensure essential services and provisions for emergency response
  5. Information Cooperation: Promoting and supporting international information sharing and publicity
  6. Facilitation and Assistance: Organizing global meetings of Y2K coordinators and to identify resources
IY2KCC closed down in March 2000.

Historical note taken from "Statement of Bruce W. McConnell, Director, International Y2K Cooperation Center, Before the Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, United States Senate, July 29, 1999."

Extent

10 boxes (9.3 cubic feet)

Abstract

Collection contains the materials of the International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC), assembled during the year leading up to the year 2000 date conversion (a.k.a. Y2K). Includes country reports, newsclippings, country questionnaires, country telephone directories, background materials on Y2K and IY2KCC, audio visual materials and papers of Bruce W. McConnell, director of IY2KCC.

Acquisition:

The records were donated to the Charles Babbage Institute by the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WISTA), March 2001.
Title
International Y2K Cooperation Center Records, 1998-2000. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Elisabeth Kaplan and Matthew James Buell, March 2001; Karen Spilman November 2006.
Date
2006
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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