Over the years the Commission has held various conferences and meetings - they are listed in reverse chronological order.
2014 - Summer conference New Directions in Digital History of Science - Thursday 17 July 2014, Location: The Library of the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Purpose: This conference explores the ways in which the digital climate is affecting scholarship in the history of science and allied fields. The papers of the conference discussed individual projects that are utilizing the computationally rich and data rich environment and how this new environment is changing scholarship. The conference explored the current state and future direction of digital scholarship with a focus on the curation of data and the provisioning of electronic resources. We payed close attention to scholarly practice, institutional support, economic concerns, and technological access as they impact scholarship in different ways around the globe. One goal of the conference was to chart plans to build greater communication around these matters to facility collaboration across nations and disciplines. The conference concluded with a round table discussion “Promoting Collaboration in Digital History of Science: Issues and Solutions”. A meeting of the CBD Board and Advisory Board was held before the conference.
Endorsed symposia was organized by Joe Anderson (American Institute of Physics) and Anne Barrett (Imperial College, London), and the papers that were presented in this two-session symposium demonstrated the critical necessity of supporting archival resources in our discipline. The symposium concluded with a panel discussion about the future of archival initiatives in an age of uncertain funding. The Commission-sponsored session on was organized by Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil) and Georges Métailié (Centre Alexandre Koyré, France). This session explored the complexity of classification systems that have been developed in different times and different cultures. The symposium delved into both historical questions about classification and current problems of information organization for our discipline. The in São Paulo is actively working on these problems with the Commission. Finally, the Commission-organized session explored the way that knowledge in the discipline is used and distributed in many different “ecological niches.” The organizers, Birute Railiene (Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences) and Stephen Weldon (University of Oklahoma), brought together a diverse group of speakers with quite different perspectives on historical information and informatics, ranging from pedagogy and translation to bibliography and open access.
2013 – In May 2013, during the Isis CB 2.0 international conference hosted by University of Oklahoma and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the University of Oklahoma, and the History of Science Society the meeting of the CBD board was organised. The conference agenda, readings, and other information can be found at
2012 – during the 5th International Conference of European History of Science in Athens, 2012 the Commission organised symposia: Institutionalisation of an open access – a new possibility for research. A survey of perception and demand.
2009 – during the 23th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Budapest, 2009 the Commission organised symposia: History of Science and the New Media: Resources for Connecting the Global Community of Scholars. http://www.conferences.hu/ichs09/program_printed_16_MOD-23Jul.pdf