Research and the internet: the case of the history of science

A workshop to be held at the Maison Française, Norham Road, Oxford, on Friday 5 March and Saturday 6 March 2004

Organizers: Pietro Corsi (University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, EHESS) Robert Fox (Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford) Stéphane Van Damme (CNRS and Maison Française, Oxford)

For more than a decade, internet sites relevant to the history of science have proliferated in Europe and North America. These sites have made available a wealth of new bibliographical resources and a growing number of primary source-materials, including scientific manuscripts, correspondence, and images. The aim of this workshop is to review a number of key European projects in this area, with special though not exclusive reference to the history of science, medicine, and technology, and more generally to provoke discussion about the usefulness and historiographical implications of the ever-closer integration of electronic resources in historical research and teaching.


Friday 5 March

14.15 Welcome 14.30 Pietro Corsi (University of Paris 1-Sorbonne) and Stéphane Pouyllau (CNRS): “A European portal for the history of science” 15.00 Margaret Pelling (Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford): “A data-base for the College of Physicians” 15.30 Tea 16.00 Nick Wilding (University of Cambridge): “The Medici and Kircher projects” 16.30 Kate Jury (Oxford University Press): “The Oxford University Press’s electronic catalogue” 17.00 Discussion


Saturday 6 March

9.30 Robert McNammee (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford): “The Enlightenment web site” 10.00 Robert Bud (Science Museum, London): “Telling stories, giving meaning, using images” 10.30 Coffee 11.00 Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire (University of Nice): “Les ego-documents en ligne: le projet Arcane et l’Europe de la Franc-maçonnerie” 11.30 William Dutton (Internet Institute, University of Oxford): “Reconfiguring access: the implications of the internet for society and research” 12.00 Discussion —————————————————————————–

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