Plans Discussed to Integrate Isis Bibliography and World History of Science Online

An international conference hosted by Isis Bibliographer and WHSO Chair Stephen Weldon was held on April 12-13, 2013, in Norman, Oklahoma. At the conference, several projects were proposed that would increase international access to the Isis Bibliography and encourage collaboration on bibliographical issues. Participants studied ways of integrating the Isis print-based bibliography with the index of the World History of Science Online.

The redevelopment of the WHSO in recent years always considered integration as a possibility. Weldon, for example, made sure that the indexing terms used for WHSO were drawn from the Isis thesaurus so that searches would bring up items with similar content.

It now appears that the technical capabilities exist to bring the two databases together. A prototype of an open-access version of the Isis Bibliography database was created at the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne in preparation for the conference. Gavan McCarthy, director of the Centre, oversaw its development. Because the WHSO project uses the same OHRM technology as the Isis prototype, future integration between the two databases ought to be relatively easy.

The Isis CB 2.0 Conference, where this was discussed, was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the University of Oklahoma, and the History of Science Society. Participants came from institutions that have supported new digital scholarly tools, including the Wikimedia Foundation, the Center for History and New Media, the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and the Digital HPS Consortium.

The conference agenda, readings, and other information can be found at