New Isis Bibliography 2014 Now Available


THATCamp 2014 HSS. Held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Co-Sponsored by the Isis CB, the Computational HPS Lab at ASU, and the University of Chicago Press.

Last fall was a busy one at the IsisCB office. In addition to completing the 2014 Current Bibliography, we were working with our colleagues at the E-Scholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne on the IsisCB Platform, and we sponsored the first ever THATCamp at the HSS meeting in Chicago in November.

As is fitting for the first post of the year, I am able to announce that the new Isis Current Bibliography is available. Members will be receiving a hardcopy of the volume in the mail very soon with their December issue of Isis. All others can get access to the PDF electronically through the JSTOR page, here. It is freely available to anyone, so please spread the word.

I should note that the PDFs of all IsisCBs going back to 2002 are freely available. Here are the links:

Sylwester Ratowt and Nathan Kapoor at HSS 2014. In other news, the image to the left shows Sylwester Ratowt and Nathan Kapoor demonstrating new types of discovery tools that we are building for the digital IsisCB Platform. We had a station set up in the book exhibit area of the HSS meeting where we walked people through different experimental discovery tools we were playing with.

The data conversion is proceeding apace, and readers will soon be able to check out some interesting ways of looking at and thinking about the “big data” that is the digitized bibliography. As we work on these projects we are thinking of the bibliography in a very different way than in the past. We keep asking ourselves, when is a bibliography more than simply a list of citations? What else can it show us?

To get a taste of this, you can now go to one of the Google Fusion Tables that we have created here and see how we have used a node graph to visualize the way that subject classifications are linked to items tagged geographically. You can see an image of part of this graph below. At this point, all of these are experimental. The Fusion Tables are not meant to be more than a laboratory where we can play around with the data to see what might be useful.

Google Fusion Table showing category relationships in the Isis Bibliography.

An example of one of the Google Fusion Tables that we were showing off at the HSS meeting that explore ways in which the Isis bibliographic data can help us understand more about the discipline. This image shows how different disciplinary categories are related to entries tagged according to country.

So stay tuned for more developments, and Happy New Year.

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