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Communications, transportation, and commerce have been inextricably intertwined since the beginning of human history until quite recently, and they still remain closely related today.

“The success of the first electronic telegraph line in 1844 opened an era of modern communication in America. Before the telegraph there existed no separation between transportation and communication. Information traveled only as fast as the messenger who carried it.” Media and the American Mind (Czitrom, D. J., 1982)

This reality was even codified in the Dewey Decimal library classification system:
380 Commerce, communications, transportation

See also transportation and commerce

These links to pages are organized by form and function.

Communications Computation Storage Authoring Simulation
Analog Mail Device Paper Typewriter Automaton
Electronic Network Calculator Tape Recorder Elektro
Digital Internet Computer
Hardware Modem Microprocessor Memory Peripheral Robot, XR
Software Service (Web) Program (OS) Database Application AI, World

These are types of media formats.

Multimedia (Video, Animation), Image (Object), Scent, Flavor, Audio (Text), Haptic, “Other

Resources

These are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…

General

Portal

Telecommunication Portal (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

telecommunication : communication at a distance (as by telephone) — Webster

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

Encyclopedia

Communications, short for telecommunications, is the transmission of information over distances to communicate. In earlier times, it involved the use of visual signals, such as beacons, smoke signals, semaphore telegraphs, signal flags, and optical heliographs, or audio messages such as coded drumbeats, lung-blown horns, and loud whistles. In modern times, telecommunications involves the use of electrical devices such as the telegraph, telephone, and teleprinter, as well as the use of radio and microwave communications, as well as fiber optics and their associated electronics, plus the use of the orbiting satellites and the Internet. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Theory

Telecommunication Theory (Wikipedia)

Preservation

Caring for antique communication devices: phonographs, radios, telephones, and other communication devices (Smithsonian)

History


Communications History (Engineering and Technology History Wiki)
History of Telecommunication (Mitel)
History of Telecommunication (Wikipedia)

Museum

Museum of Communication (UK)
Communications Collection (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
Charles Babbage Institute: Center for History of Information Technology

Library

Library of Congress, Transportation and Communication Maps
WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Book

ISBNdb

Government

US Federal Communications Commission
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)

Document

USA.gov

Fun


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