• The 2023 Isis Current Bibliography

    The 2023 Isis Current Bibliography has now been published. It can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains nearly 4100 classified entries and 900 reviewed books. Once again, I want […]

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  • Pandemics Special Issue

    The IsisCB Special Issue of bibliographic essays on the history of pandemics is now published. Like all IsisCB materials, it is open access, and you can read it here. The […]

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  • The 2022 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2022 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains nearly 4100 classified entries and 900 reviewed books. Once […]

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  • IsisCB Explore gets a major upgrade!

    IsisCB Explore has a new updated interface with a sleeker design and a suite of new functions … and we have finally removed the beta from our logo! With the […]

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  • 2021 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2021 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4300 classified entries, and over 1500 reviewed books. […]

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Looking at the Main Features of IsisCB Explore

The new search site of IsisCB Explore has many features that may not be self-evident when you first use it. Before you try out explore, take a moment to familiarize yourself with what it can do: Save your searches. For logged-in users, the system automatically logs your search history and gives you the ability to bookmark and save them. Add […]

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IsisCB Explore Opens for Use

Please try our new discovery service: IsisCB.org/Explore! The past several months have been busy at the IsisCB office. In addition to continuing our work on the 2015 Current Bibliography, we have created a research platform using 40 years of IsisCB data. (See my earlier comments on this here and here especially). The new platform, which we have called IsisCB Explore, […]

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Neu-Whitrow Prize 2017 Announced by the Commission on Bibliography and Documentation

This past summer, the Commission on Bibliography and Documentation announced that it will award a second Neu-Whitrow Prize in 2017 for a scholar who produces “the most innovative research tool for managing, documenting and analyzing sources in the history of science and technology.” Originally called the Neu-Whitrow Bibliography Prize, the award was created in honor of the bibliographers John Neu […]

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Grants to attend THATCampHSS 2015!

The IsisCB is providing grants to help anyone needing financial assistance to attend this year’s THATCampHSS in San Francisco. With the grant, THATCampers will only have to pay $50 (for a shared room) or $100 (for a single room) for the Wednesday night stay. This is a great price to stay at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in the middle […]

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A New Paradigm

Since my post at the end of July, a great deal has happened. Developments are taking place along two parallel lines that will eventually be integrated. First of all, the Isis Cumulative Bibliography volumes that we photographed last year (5000 pages of text in eight volumes, covering the years from 1913 to 1975) are now being transcribed into TEI, a […]

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THATCampHSS 2015

The History of Science Society is paying close attention to innovation in the Digital Humanities. This year, for a second year in a row, HSS is sponsoring a THATCamp in conjunction with the annual meeting. The camp will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the conference hotel. The two morning workshops are designed […]

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IsisCB Platform Development

IsisCB Platform Development Our digital platform is currently being developed by the consulting team, A Place Called Up, run by Erick Peirson and Julia Damerow. The web interface is being written in Django with a PostgreSQL backend. All citations and authority records will have stable URIs and will be accessible via the primary interface as well as through a REST […]

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The IsisCB as a Network Graph of the Discipline

The new interdependent relational database that we have built (which I described in the previous post) begins with a very different concept of what the information universe looks like. Instead of treating bibliographical citations as units of information, it treats them as objects that are made up of many different kinds of things. Citations are records of intellectual activities created […]

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