Author: Stephen P. Weldon

  • The Economics of Open Access

    “Establishing open access … requires the active commitment of each and every individual producer of scientific knowledge and holder of cultural heritage.” —Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities In my last post, I talked about Open Access and the Library of Congress, which is an essential resource for my…

  • The Shutdown of Public Knowledge

    “…to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.” –Mission of the Library of Congress When the United States government shutdown last night, I did not expect it would have an immediate effect on the Isis Bibliography. Today, I found that I was wrong. My staff and I access…

  • Isis Articles as a Big Data Source

    I’ve already called attention to the work that Scott Weingart (Indiana University) has done with co-citation analysis in history of science in my earlier post on the 2013 Digital HPS Conference. If you go to his blog, the scottbot irregular, you’ll find a post from this week where he talks about how to do visualizations…

  • Print or digital?

    Over my years as editor of the Isis Bibliography, periodically people will ask me about whether or not it is time to go all digital. “Is the era of printed bibliographies over?” they wonder. After all, a database does a much better job of searching the cumulative data going back forty years. When responding to…

  • At the International Congress: Open Access and the Ecology of Knowledge

    In my post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I would discuss events at the International Congress of History of Science at Manchester (ICHSTM 2013). The session that I co-organized with Birute Railiene (president of the the International Union’s Commission on Bibliography and Documentation) brought together a group of speakers who have been…

  • Digital Humanities in History and Philosophy of Science

    This past weekend, I attended the Digital HPS conference hosted by Bill Newman and Wally Hooper on the beautiful Indiana University campus in Bloomington. The conference was, I believe, the fourteenth meeting of a group of historians and philosophers of science who are building digital tools and doing cutting edge “big data” research. They have…

  • The Subject of Touch in the History of Science

    In my last post I mentioned that I recently came across a series of entries dealing with the sense of touch. Since 2000, this has been a rather uncommon topic. There were medically related works about such things as diagnostic touch and the healing power of touch but only about ten citations on the scientific…

  • Introducing “Citations” and the Social CB

    The Isis Current Bibliography (or Isis CB as it is colloquially known) becomes a century old this year, and as its current editor, I am introducing some changes that will modernize the bibliography and enrich its users. The first of these changes has been to refashion the Isis Bibliography website. After many years with a…

  • Find us on Twitter and Facebook

    The Isis Current Bibliography now has a twitter account! Follow us on twitter @IsisBibHistSci and tag us #isiscb. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

  • Thank You to the Participants in the Survey

    The Isis CB staff would like to thank all participants in the aforementioned survey.

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