Second Workshop on Scientific Archives


Date: August 13-14, 2018

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C.

Organized by the 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).


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The purpose of the workshop is to explore topics related to the contemporary archives of science and technology. The organizing committee welcomes attendance and participation from archivists, historians, scientists, engineers, data specialists and curators.

Themes for workshop presentations and discussion include:

  • Collaboration between scientists and archivists to best capture contemporary material
  • Appraisal of science and technology archives
  • Curating and making accessible science and technology archives to support both humanities research and scientific reuse
  • Describing specialist collections from a non-scientific perspective
  • Archives and scientific data management and usage
  • Public outreach and communication: who are scientific archives for?


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Lodging and location details:

Explore the area around the Carnegie Institution for Science for lodging of your choice. A small number of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn (Washington DC – Central/White House location) at a reduced rate of $139/night. The workshop location is also a short train ride from the location of the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, if you are already planning to stay there.


Organizing committee:

  • Bethany Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  • Anne-Flore Laloë, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Germany)
  • Melanie Mueller, American Institute of Physics (USA)
  • Jonathan Pledge, British Library (UK)
  • Ron Brashear, Science History Institute (USA)

The First Workshop on Scientific Archives was hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, November 1-2, 2016. This first workshop brought together 40 archivists from eight countries to discuss how to best capture, preserve and share contemporary scientific material. Sessions examined practical issues linked to cataloguing and making accessible collections whose content and origins are complex, the place of archivists in institutions and their relationship with scientists, and how archivists or their institutions can use archives for advocacy and outreach.