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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Tracing a Tech Trajectory

Over the last 20 years, San Diego has emerged as one of the most prominent technology regions in the nation, with UC San Diego playing a prominent part as a high-tech incubator. To increase scholarly and public understanding of this phenomenon, the UC San Diego Libraries have launched the San Diego Technology Archive (SDTA), and online archive documenting the history, development and growth of the companies that make up San Diego's technology clusters. The archive begins in 1965, and focuses on San Diego's life sciences, telecommunications and software and information technology clusters. SDTA will benefit academic researchers, historians, company employees, investment entities and other individuals with an interest in San Diego's unique business environment.

Almost 100 hours of interviews with more than 60 individuals have been completed and are being processed. In addition to oral interviews, the archive features a dynamic graphic representation of the "genealogy" of the companies that constitute the various technology clusters, and the cross-linkages among companies (and staff) within those clusters. In the future, the Libraries plan to add newer San Diego technology clusters such as cleantech to the archive. For more about SDTA, visit libraries.ucsd.edu/sdta.

—Dolores Davies