• 2020 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2020 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4800 classified entries, the largest number of entries […]

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  • Pandemics in South East Asia

    The first bibliographical essay in our Pandemics series has arrived: Vivek Neelakantan’s very interesting “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? “ and his bibliography. The […]

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  • Race and Science Word Cloud

    Today I was able to complete a small visualization that I’ve been working on in conjunction with the Race and the History of Science project announced in my June 9 […]

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  • The Timeline for IsisCB Explore

    This week we made public a new timeline feature for IsisCB Explore. The timeline is currently visible only on the authority record layouts. Below I’ll explain how to find these […]

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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 […]

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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 and browse by date interfaces. […]

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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 by comparison, but they raise […]

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Ordering the Discipline

This past week the journal Isis published a symposium that I organized entitled “Ordering the Discipline: Classification in the History of Science.” The five articles in this symposium are all part of the Focus Section, which you can access through the Isis table of contents. By a standing agreement with the History of Science Society, the University of Chicago Press […]

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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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