Re: [Nethistory] Collecting the history of networking, a possible methodology

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At 05:10 23-05-2013, Joe Abley wrote:
>I made a brief presentation at a NZNOG meeting in Hamilton a few 
>years ago entitled "The History of Peering in New Zealand". One 
>entertaining hour later (NZNOG is good for audience participation) 
>there were two or three people who volunteered to start a wiki based 
>on the notes they had taken during the session. The wiki 
>subsequently became a free-form repository for facts and anecdotes. 
>InternetNZ later commissioned a book based (in part) on that material.
>(The book was kind of governance-heavy and missed a lot of the 
>operational war stories that I found more entertaining.)
>This to me seemed like a good approach to Internet history: the 
>anarchic commons free-edit with no pretension of journalistic 
>integrity; the resulting pile of clues provides a basis for actual research.

The approach mentioned above looks practical.  I suggest using it as 
a starting point instead of a top-down approach.