Race and Racism in the History of Science

Scholarship, I believe, must be founded on the fundamental value of the equality of all human beings. It cannot operate honestly unless its practitioners embrace that basic ideal. As the current custodian of the IsisCB, I feel an obligation to defend this value and to reckon with its implications for my work and the scholarship it serves. The wave of […]

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Internet neutrality

Today, I joined a national campaign to maintain internet neutrality, a critical rule that ensures that the internet remains open and accessible to everyone without regard to income. If it becomes possible for internet providers (ISPs) to charge differently for different kinds of services, then the real possibility exists that the IsisCB and sites like it will have a hard […]

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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 work. Today, I explain my […]

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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 the Library of Congress website […]

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