posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 02:59 AM
Recently I made a "discovery" that a monstrous state-wide human resources system has been built in USSR in late 1930-s. It worked on several million
personal dossiers for every communist and for every significant specialist in the country. Most of staff appointments in the country (down to approx.
head of a post office) were made by this system. And it appears that every whistle blow in the country was processed and recorded.
Pretty fantastic thing for 1930-s.
I'd like to know how it compares against other similar projects in pre-computer world.
Totalitarian regimes have more zeal to know everything about everybody. So my first thought is of course about Nazi Germany. Did Nazis have anything
like that? For example "Osenberg list" [en.wikipedia.org...
] of 4000 scientists and engineers recalled from army in
1942 does look like some select from larger database.
Most important effect of Soviet HR system was upon advancing technologies. Its author - Georgy Malenkov also was the head of Soviet rocket startup in
1944-47 and also participated in nuclear program.
I would also greatly appreciate any link or book on "ancient" history of databases (with principles of their work. I think it may be more complex
and interesting than merely library system). Unfortunately Wikipedia starts history of databases by 1960-s
My "discovery" is here (sorry it's in russian): www.igfarben.ru...