The Kleinrock Center for Internet Studies (KCIS) is a project encompassing an historical space in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Boelter Hall, physical and digital archives in the UCLA Libraries illuminating the early history of the online world, and the IRI prize. KCIS has organized for-credit student projects, institutional collaborations, graduate student MLIS training, and events, as well as supporting the development of UCLA courses on the histories of the Internet.
Our exhibit space covers approximately half the original UCLA Network Measurement Center in 3420 Boelter Hall, which operated through 1969-75 as the first node of the ARPANET, a network that laid the foundations for the modern Internet. The space displays period-specific artifacts, documents, and photographs, including the packet switch that formed the first connection on the ARPANET. It is shown to UCLA classes, prospective students, and university visitors, such as UCLA’s High School Summer Research Program. It was featured recently in Lo and Behold.
Our physical and digital archives offer historic materials that shed light on the early history of the Internet. Physical archives are conserved in the UCLA Library Special Collections, and digital archives are hosted with the UCLA Digital Libraries.
Prize recipients benefit from an intellectual environment with fellow prize awardees, dedicated lab space, and mentoring with faculty and outside experts. Read more about it here.
Bradley Fidler (director); Charlotte Brown (archives consultant); Sharon Traweek (advisor); Leonard Kleinrock (advisor); Morgan Currie (researcher and program developer); Federico Novick, Morten Bay (research associates). Alumni: Janice Martin-Wheeler (administrative analyst); Colleen McCormick, and (research associates); Kyoko Aoki, Joanna Black, Yee May Chua, Sonia Collazo, and Gretta Treuscorff (Master of Library and Information Science Archival Studies interns); Aamoy Gupta, Simon Bensoussan, Jacob Ferrari, Jason Hong, Matthew Millar, Sophie Gerrick, Kevin Kuo, and Long Nguyen (Undergraduate Research Associates); Sebastian Clough, Paul Cooley, Scott Kepford, Justin Scoltock, Eric Blumberg, Chris Beas (Fowler Museum of Cultural History Exhibit Designers). See a list of some student research conducted as part of this project.
The activities of the Center are supported generously from the Shen Family ($100K), Eric Schmidt ($50K), Mark Cuban ($25K), the Lynch Family Foundation ($10K), Vijayakumar Tella ($10K), Aaron Cohen ($5K), David Bohnett ($2.5K), and Wayne Smith, Liming Chen, and Tom and Karissa Grasty.
Curious about research relating to the Internet?
- At UCLA, read about our previous Digital Cash! conference, and check out the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities and the Named Data Networking project
- Outside of UCLA, see the Special Interest Group for Computers in Society, the Computer History Museum, the Charles Babbage Institute, and Wikipedia’s entries on the History of the Internet and the Arpanet