2013 – ICHSTM

In July 2013, during the ICHSTM 2013 – 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester the Commission sponsored two symposia and endorsed a third:

Endorsed symposia Preserving Scientific Heritage was organized by Joe Anderson (American Institute of Physics) and Anne Barrett (Imperial College, London), and the papers that were presented in this two-session symposium demonstrated the critical necessity of supporting archival resources in our discipline. The symposium concluded with a panel discussion about the future of archival initiatives in an age of uncertain funding. The Commission-sponsored session on New Perspectives on Classification was organized by Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil) and Georges Métailié (Centre Alexandre Koyré, France). This session explored the complexity of classification systems that have been developed in different times and different cultures. The symposium delved into both historical questions about classification and current problems of information organization for our discipline. The CESIMA Institute in São Paulo is actively working on these problems with the Commission. Finally, the Commission-organized session History of Science and the Ecology of Knowledge explored the way that knowledge in the discipline is used and distributed in many different “ecological niches.” The organizers, Birute Railiene (Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences) and Stephen Weldon (University of Oklahoma), brought together a diverse group of speakers with quite different perspectives on historical information and informatics, ranging from pedagogy and translation to bibliography and open access.

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