There Should be a Wikipedia Article about the MAC Initiative

What was the MAC Initiative?  Why was it needed? Who funded it?  Who was involved? What did it deliver? Was it a success?  Finding answers to these questions isn’t easy.  There was a paper on “The Management and Administrative Computing (MAC) Initiative” by Robin McDonough which was published in 1992 in the Higher Education Management, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 284-92 – but I haven’t been able to track down a copy of the paper.

It strikes me that if the UK’s higher education community isn’t using online technologies to provide simple and open access to its history then we are failing. I’ve created the first set of notes about the MAC Initiative on my user page on Wikipedia.  Now there will be a cost in unearthing he evidence, deciding on a structure for the article, etc. Can the costs be justified? Well what are the hidden costs in people trying to find out about the MAC Initiative? And, more importantly, what are the costs is failing to learn from the history? Time to start building the page, I think.

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