• 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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Isis Articles as a Big Data Source

I’ve already called attention to the work that Scott Weingart (Indiana University) has done with co-citation analysis in history of science in my earlier post on the 2013 Digital HPS Conference. If you go to his blog, the scottbot irregular, you’ll find a post from this week where he talks about how to do visualizations with co-citation analysis using the […]

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Print or digital?

Over my years as editor of the Isis Bibliography, periodically people will ask me about whether or not it is time to go all digital. “Is the era of printed bibliographies over?” they wonder. After all, a database does a much better job of searching the cumulative data going back forty years. When responding to them, my answers have been […]

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At the International Congress: Open Access and the Ecology of Knowledge

In my post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I would discuss events at the International Congress of History of Science at Manchester (ICHSTM 2013). The session that I co-organized with Birute Railiene (president of the the International Union’s Commission on Bibliography and Documentation) brought together a group of speakers who have been studying or providing digital reference […]

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Digital Humanities in History and Philosophy of Science

This past weekend, I attended the Digital HPS conference hosted by Bill Newman and Wally Hooper on the beautiful Indiana University campus in Bloomington. The conference was, I believe, the fourteenth meeting of a group of historians and philosophers of science who are building digital tools and doing cutting edge “big data” research. They have formed the Digital HPS Consortium. […]

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Survey on Historical Research Methods and Social Media

The editor of the History of Science Society’s Isis Current Bibliography, Stephen Weldon, requests participation in a 10-minute online questionnaire on how students and professionals in history of science and related fields use reference tools and social media in their research. The link to the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7H3XD63. [Note that this link is no longer active.] The purpose of […]

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