CfP: Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives

The Committee on the Archives of Science and Technology of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives is pleased to announce the Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives. This workshop aims to bring together a diverse community of collaborators participating in generating, preserving, arranging, processing, appraising, digitizing, providing access to the contemporary archives of science and technology.

Dates: Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, 2024
Registration opens: January or February, 2024
Format: In-person workshop

Day 1 – June 5, 2024
The first day will include traditional presentations with an emphasis on the theme of open archives and open science. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Partnership between scientists and archivists in appraisal of modern scientific records
  • Barriers for creating open archives
  • Silences and gaps in scientific archives
  • Archives practices for increasing equity
  • Scientific archives and digital humanities/digital health humanities
  • AI and scientific archives
  • Collections and archives as data
  • Developing professional skills and knowledge base in scientific archives
  • Collaborative science and Big Team science challenges for archiving
  • Opportunities for engagement, teaching with and exhibiting scientific collections

Day 2 – June 6, 2024
The second day will be organized as an “unconference,” or a participant-driven meeting. We will come together to identify an agenda and discussion topics focused on prominent themes derived from input collected during the first day of the workshop. We will share challenges, develop solutions, generate ideas, and build partnerships. All attendees are welcome and encouraged to join and contribute. You don’t need to submit a proposal to participate in the unconference.

Call for Proposals:
The organizing committee is accepting presentation proposals of papers from archivists, historians, scientists, engineers, data specialists, curators, and others. These presentations will be 20 minutes and the committee is prioritizing proposals that represent the global context of scientific archives.
Please submit a short abstract of 400 words with a bibliography of at least two items by Friday, January 5, 2024. Note that the bibliography does not count towards the 400-word maximum
Unfortunately, translation services are unavailable during the workshop, so only papers in English will be accepted.
Selections will be made by February 10, 2024 and selected speakers will be notified. The full program will be published in early March 2024. Limited travel funds will be available for interested speakers and participants. Applications for these funds will be made available between February and March 2024. Further information will follow.
As part of the organizing committee’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, we aim to make this workshop accessible to speakers and participants from different backgrounds, countries and perspectives.
We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in San Francisco in 2024!

Contact Information

 If you have any questions, please contact Polina Ilieva, University of California, San Francisco Library (UCSF), USA