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Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives Program of Events

Day one: June 5, 2024

8:30 – 9:30    Breakfast

9:30 – 9:50    Welcome and opening remarks with Dr. Catherine R. Lucey, MD, MACP, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Session one: Open Archives

9:50 – 11:40

  • Copyright inhibiting access: a novel collaboration with scientists to develop a new pathway to open archives at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives
  • Ludmila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives, United States
  • Armchair Archivists’: Enhancing Crowdsourced Historical Manuscript Transcription with Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) Tools
  • John R. Schaefer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Establishing a new paradigm in collaborations between archives and biological collections: creating the Carlquist Extended Specimen Network
  • Ana Niño, Jason H Best, Krishna Shenoy, Sam Ekberg, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, United States
  • Mare Nazaire, Sara Dave, California Botanic Garden, United States

11:45 – 12:45    Lunch

Session two: Collections as Data

12:45 – 14:05

  • The Perrey Archive: a Tool for Historical Seismology
  • Corinna Guerra, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • Linking Analog Archival Data Across Anthropology’s Four Fields
  • Amanda H Sorensen, Diana E Marsh, Katrina Fenlon, Nikki Pratt, University of Maryland
  • Celia Emmelhainz, Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives, United States
  • Use and Usefulness: Documenting Archival Data
  • Anjali Ramachandran and S. Prashant Kumar, Archives at NCBS, National Centre for Biological Sciences-Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Session three: Scientific Museums and Archives

14:05 – 15:05

  • Scientific Archives and Museum Collections: an Integrated Vision
  • Milena Carvalho, CITCEM/FLUP – Centro de Investigação, CULTURA, ESPAÇO e MEMÓRIA /FLUP, Patrícia Costa Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, P. Porto, Portugal
  • Susana Martins, CEOS.PP, ISCAP, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  • Collaboration between archivists and scientists at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Maya Naunton and Kiana Clark, American Museum of Natural History, United States

15:05 – 15:30    Coffee/tea break

Session four: Medical Archives: Ethics of Preservation and Access

15:30 – 16:30

  • Beyond the Walls and Changing the Space of Archive Through the Lens of The Adler Museum of Medicine in South Africa
  • Samuel Umoh Uwem, Univerzita Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
  • Adetola Elizabth Umoh, University of Autonomous Barcelona, Spain/University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Curating the Clinical: 20th Century Photographs and 21st Century Methods in Cape Town’s Medical Archive
  • Michaela Clark, University of Manchester; UCT Pathology Learning Centre, United Kingdom and South Africa

16:30 – 17:30    Tour of UCSF Library and Archives and Special Collections Exhibits and Collections

17:30 – 19:00  Social hour at Fireside Bar, 603 Irving St. San Francisco, CA 94122

Day two: June 6, 2024

8:00 – 9:00    Breakfast

Session five: Appraisal of Scientific Records

9:00 – 10:45

  • AI-Enhanced Appraisal and Processing of a Hybrid Collection
  • Margaret Cribbs, Michael Hucka, Tommy Keswick, Mariella Soprano, Richard Thai, Digital Archivist, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
  • Reappraising “Appraising the Records of Modern Science and Technology”
  • Jordon Steele, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, United States
  • Bethany G. Anderson, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, United States
  • Polina Ilieva, University of California San Francisco, United States
  • The Appraisal of Scientific Documentation/Information as a Methodological Operation: Application Criteria and Parameters
  • Fernanda Ribeiro, and Armando Malheiro da Silva, University of Porto, Faculty of Ars and Humanities, Portugal
  • The Robotics Project: Collecting Complex Science at Carnegie Mellon
  • Julia Corrin and Kathleen Donohoe, Carnegie Mellon University, United States

10:45 – 11:00    Coffee/tea break

Session six: Silences and Gaps in Scientific Archives

11:00 – 12:00

  • Drawing Women into the Science Archive
  • Deepika Sarma and Anjali Ramachandran, Archives at NCBS, National Centre for Biological Sciences-Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCBS-TIFR), India
  • Connections, Collaborations, Collections: Using Data Visualization to Rethink Access to Scientific Archives
  • David Ragnar Nelson, American Philosophical Society and Serenity Sutherland, SUNY Oswego, United States

12:00 – 13:15    Lunch and poster session

  • How to Teach Asian History of Science in the Age of ChatGPT: Evidence from the Field
  • Shu Wan, University of Buffalo, United States
  • Transcribing Genius: Crafting Scientific Oral History Narratives at the Caltech Heritage Project
  • David Zierler, California Institute of Technology, United States
  • Sara Baum, Sharp Copy Transcription, United States
  • Bringing archival considerations to a machine-actionable Data Management Plan standard
  • Jennifer Cuffe, Library and Archives Canada, Canada
  • The Opioid Industry Documents Archive reveals Industry’s Role in the Innovation and Proliferation of AI-Enabled Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Dan Kabella, Opioid Industry Documents Archive Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, United States


13:15 – 15:45

  • 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 and a half 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.

15:45 – 16:00    Wrap up and closing remarks

16:00 – 17:30    Reception at UCSF Library, Lange Room