THATCampHSS 2016


The History of Science Society sponsored its third THATCamp this year at the Society’s annual meeting. About eighteen people showed up on Sunday morning, the last day of the conference, to explore how to better use and develop digital scholarship. We covered everything from how to use Zotero, to organizing mountains of digital files in your laptop (on Windows, try

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Two New Paradigms for the IsisCB

Hebrew language entry with title in Hebrew script.

Today, I want to draw your attention to two features of IsisCB Explore that are helping to change the 20th-century Isis Bibliography into a 21st-century interconnected global resource for history of science. First, we are now able to publish titles in non-Latin scripts, and second, we starting to link our authorities to VIAF records. Beyond Latin Alphabets Regarding the non-Latin scripts, this

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IsisCB Cumulative: Data from 1913 to 1975 is now open access

IsisCB Cumulative, 1913-1975

Today we have released an open access HTML version of seven volumes of two editions of the Isis Cumulative Bibliography. This is the first time these bibliographies have been made freely accessible in an online digital format. You can get access to IsisCB Cumulative here. The citations in these volumes will eventually be added to IsisCB Explore, but in the meantime

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Dissertations in the IsisCB…and what they say about our history


Recently, I have been analyzing the dissertation data in the IsisCB, looking for information that might help us understand the history of our discipline. The dissertation records have a lot of rich information in them, and that information can be put to use in understanding more about the institutional context of history of science. The first thing I did was to

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IsisCB Explore – Version 0.13 – Updates and Improvements

Fig. 3. New comments feed on the main page.

This afternoon, we implemented a series of upgrades to the IsisCB Explore system. We are now at version 0.13! These changes should make navigation more intuitive, improve search, and encourage more interaction. There were three main changes. First of all, we significantly modified the way that we mark authority records by indicating all links with an information icon. This has

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On the Scholarly Merit of Creating Your Own Research Tool: An Interview with Jennifer Rampling

Jennifer Rampling

The following interview with Jennifer Rampling was conducted by Stephen Weldon at the History of Science Society Meeting in San Francisco, California, on November 21, 2015.[1] Rampling, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, won the first Neu-Whitrow Prize in 2013 for her compilation of the Catalogue of the Ripley Corpus. The Neu-Whitrow Prize is given every four years to

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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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