Joe Anderson Presents at Scientific Archives Conference

Joe Anderson, Director of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives, gave the opening presentation at the 5th Annual Scientific Archives Conference in Rio de Janeiro on September 27.

The conference, which is sponsored biannually by the Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins and Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, brings together Brazilian, American, and European archivists to share information and discuss solutions to common problems.

Anderson's talk, "Pragmatic Appraisal, Collecting the Records of Science," focused on determining the likely historical value of science records. Archivists are faced with the problem of identifying a small amount of the total universe of records—somewhere around 1 to 5% according to many authorities—that may reasonably be preserved and that represents a fair reflection of the important aspects of the area being documented. Anderson discussed documentation strategy research, an approach to appraisal that was developed at AIP and at the MIT Archives, and that has helped to create an international network of contributing repositories that works to document the history of physics and allied sciences. Contact janderso@aip.org for more information.

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