Second Workshop on Scientific Archives – Washington, D.C.

Registration is now open for the Second Workshop on Scientific Archives!

The Second Workshop on Scientific Archives seeks to bring together archivists, data curators, historians, scientists, engineers, and others to explore topics related to the contemporary archives of science and technology.

Dates: August 13 &14, 2018

Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005):

Organized by: Committee on the Contemporary Archives of Science and Technology (C-CAST) of the International Council on Archives/Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV)

Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments during breaks and at the reception.

More information and registration:

Preliminary Program:

August 13, 2018

 1:00-1:15 pm: Welcome and opening remarks

 1:15-2:30 pm: Session 1 – Scientific Archives/Scientific Data: Capturing the Process of Science

  • Jean Deken, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, “Scientific Data Management Plans in Theory and In Practice”
  • Steve Duckworth & Kate Thornhill, Oregon Health & Science University, “Small-Scale Archival Project and Data Management”
  • Juan Ilerbaig, University of Toronto, “Integrating Data and Records in Archiving Scientific Research”

 2:30-2:45 pm: Break

 2:45-4:00 pm: Session 2 – Science for the People: Documenting Applied Science at Land-Grant Universities in the United States (panel)

  • Todd Kosmerick, North Carolina State University
  • Lisa Vallen, University of California-Merced
  • James R. Stewart Jr., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Bradley J. Kuennen, Iowa State University

4:30-6:00 pm: Social hour, location TBD

August 14, 2018

 9:00-10:30 am: Session 3 – Appraising Scientific Archives

  • Polina Ilieva, University of California, San Francisco, “Science Online: Evaluating Appraisal, Usage, and Impact”
  • John Faundeen, U.S. Geological Survey, “Science and Technology Archives: The Art and Science of Conducting Appraisals”
  • Patrick Shea, Science History Institute, “Appraising Archives of the History of Science”

10:30-10:45 am: Coffee Break

 10:45 am-12:30 pm: Session 4 – Collaborations and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Scientific Archives

  • Yoanna Alexiou, Université libre de Bruxelles, “The Solvay Science Project: A Brief History of a Long-term Interdisciplinary Team Working Process”
  • Stephanie Vasko, Michigan State University, “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Scientific Archive Research: Integrating Perspectives from the Arts and Humanities”
  • Sarah Newhouse, Science History Institute, “Collaboration between Historians and Archivists in Making a Digital Archive: The Beckman Legacy Project”
  • Magalie Moysan & Margot Georges, Université d’Angers, “When French Archivists Speak about Researchers and their Archives: A Textual Analysis”

12:30-1:45 pm: Lunch

1:45-3:30 pm: Session 5 – Creating Access to Scientific Archives

  • Laura Outterside, European XFEL, “New Science, New Archives: Records Management at European XFEL”
  • Ana Margarida Dias da Silva et al., Universidade de Coimbra, “The Importance of the Botanic Archive in Contextualizing the Botanic Collections of the University of Coimbra”
  • Klaus Nippert, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), KIT-Archives, “Tracing the Lost Sense – A Modular Approach to the Intellectual Recognition of Image Contents”
  • Christos Mais, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, “Archival Bridge over Troubled Waters: Challenges in the Making of the Thessaloniki Port Authority Historical Archive”

 3:30-4:00 pm: Scientific Archives and the Arts

  • Christian Salewski, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research/ Archive for German Polar Research (AGPR), “The History of German Polar Research goes Theatre – The Project “Staging Files””

4:00-5:00 pm: Reception

Please email us with any questions: Melanie Mueller,, or Bethany Anderson,