The overall purpose of the Nursing Informatics History Project is to document and preserve the history of nursing informatics. This is occurring through three activities:
- Nursing informatics pioneers and nursing informatics organizations have been solicited to preserve their materials in an archive at the National Library of Medicine started by Dr. Virginia Saba in 1997.
- Stories of the pioneers in nursing informatics are being videotaped and made available through AMIA's web site.
- Historical research is planned to document the evolution of informatics as a specialty in nursing.