Following the successful Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems in 1998, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) are pleased to announce the Second Conference on the History and Heritage of Scientific and Technical Information Systems, to be held November 15-17, 2002, in Philadelphia.
Emphasis for this conference will be on the period from the Second World War up through the early 1990s, including the infrastructure created by digitization, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. Conference organizers are looking for in-depth historical analyses of these developments and how they have affected the practice of science both nationally and internationally.
Two preliminary workshops have been scheduled in order to stimulate research that may be presented at the 2002 conference and to assist in the ongoing effort to build a community of interest in the history of information science and scientific and technical information systems. These workshops will be directed at graduate students, information professionals, and others who are interested in the history of information science and technology but who may have little or no formal background in historical study of this subject. The workshops will be small and will provide a friendly environment in which interested individuals, whatever the current level of their historical work, can clarify their ideas and present and critique work in progress.
These gatherings will have a didactic or tutorial component as well as a “workshop” component. As part of the former, one or more established scholars will lead discussions on research completed in the field, important areas that are in need of further investigation, and specialized research resources.
East Coast Workshop: 6 PM Fri.- 8 PM Sat., June 8-9, 2001
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Application Deadline: 1 April 2001 (Late applications may be considered)
There will also be a West Coast workshop at the University of California at Berkeley, to be held in September. For more information, please see the separate listing on this website or contact the Program Committee.
The workshops have a registration fee of US$90.00, which includes meals. There are a limited number of competitive scholarships available to help cover the costs of attending the nearest workshop.
Applications for the workshops and the scholarships should include (1) an outline of a paper or a substantial abstract, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a recommendation from a mentor (if the candidate is in graduate school), and (4) a statement of estimated financial need and a budget. Please be sure to indicate clearly the workshop for which you are applying.
For more information on the conference and suggested topics, please visit the conference website at:
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