• New Isis Bibliography 2014 Now Available

    New Isis Bibliography 2014 Now Available

    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…

  • 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, enables users…

  • Mapping the International Congresses

    Mapping the International Congresses

    Documentation of the history of the international history of science community begins with locating all of its congresses since the first one, which took place in Paris in 1929.

  • Three Almost Invisible Women

    Three Almost Invisible Women

    (Or, What You Can See in a Word Cloud) By Stephen P. Weldon Last week while talking to my staff about what to include in a major revamp of the website, it became clear that we could do something very interesting with the thesaurus. Several years ago, I posted a list of the 23,000+ terms…

  • The IsisCB Sponsors THATCamp at HSS Meeting in Chicago

    By Stephen P. Weldon I would like to invite historians of science who are coming to the History of Science Society meeting this fall in Chicago to consider attending THATCamp HSS 2014, a day-long open space meeting revolving around digital projects in the humanities, especially history of science. People of all skill levels are encouraged…

  • Taking the CB away from Humans and Giving It to Computers

    By Sylwester Ratowt What makes today’s internet so different from the original web of the 90s is that, rather than writing webpages by hand, developers often write applications that create the webpages automatically based on data found at other internet locations. Consider the Digital Public Library of America, for example, which features browse by place…

  • Digitizing the Cumulative Bibliography

    Digitizing the Cumulative Bibliography

    By Stephen P. Weldon Over the next couple of years, one of the goals of this blog will be to document the efforts that I and others are taking to build the Isis Platform I discussed in my last post. I do this in part to show how a project of this sort gets built…

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards Grant to Develop the Isis Bibliography

    Last month, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced their support to fund the project that I’ve been discussing in this blog and elsewhere over the past year. The idea is to reconceptualize the Isis Bibliography for scholars in the twenty-first century. The Isis Research Platform will create a new type of access to history of…

  • Documenting History of Science on the Web

    This week, I take a brief look at a few sites that seem to herald the future of documentation in the digital environment. My earlier post about the World History of Science Online ended with a comment about the need to index digital resources. Behind that comment was a general concern about the role of…

  • Visualizing History of Science

    The other day, I was looking through the book Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press, 2010) by Katy Börner, a fascinating big-data look at science for historians. It gave me the idea of playing around with visualizations of my own using the Isis Bibliography data. What I’ve produced here are quite unsophisticated…

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