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Board 2001-2005

Commission on Bibliography and Documentation, Division of History of Science and Technology, IUHPS

Peter Harper
National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Science
University of Bath, United Kingdom

It was during this period that Secretary General of the Division of History of Science, Professor Dr Juan José Saldaña, embarked on a reform process to modify the structure of the DHS with one consequence being the renaming of the DHS as the Division of History of Science and Technology.

In addition and acting in concurrence with other International Council of Scientific Union family members that he launched in 2002 a innovative, proactive scientific initiative to carry out the “Online Dictionary of National History of Sciences Bibliographies and Archival Sources” project. The vision for the project involved in its initial stages all IUHPS/DHS(T) members (49 National Scientific Members, 13 Scientific Commissions and 3 Scientific Sections) as well as the International Scientific Unions with which the Division held joint programs (International Unions of Astronomy, Mathematics, Geography, Geological Sciences  and Soil Sciences). 

Professor Saldaña confirmed the participation of a UNESCO family member, the Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH) which allocated a grant to the project. In addition, internationally recognized academic institutions such as the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme (MSH, Paris) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have already committed their support for the project’s technological infrastructure and it was hoped that support of other private international corporations would also be forthcoming.

On 4-6 April 2003, Professor Saldaña chaired the Expert Committee Meeting for the "Online Dictionary of National History of Sciences Bibliographies and Archival Sources" at the Maison de Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France. The final resulotion of this meeting was that the project be renamed the "World history of Science Online: databases of bibliographic and archival sources." 

In a letter of 28 November 2003 Professor Saldaña announced the formation of a Technical Committee for the project. A document listing the initial members of both the  Expert Committee and Technical Committee is attached below.

In April 2004, Professor Saldaña, the project coordinator in an attempt to collect better data as to the extent of the project distributed a 'Survey on the current extent of bibliographical and archival sources cataloguing activity in the DHS'. A copy of the survey form can be found below. The following year, in March 2005 a web site for the project was launched at http://www.dhs-whso.org/. The Internet Archive has a record of the site and this can be found at:
http://web.archive.org/web/20050524084322/http://www.dhs-whso.org/ This site remained active until August 2007. Unfortunately not all content was preserved but it remains as a useful record of activity.

A project proposal was submitted to the ICSU Grant Programme in 2004 which included funding for a 'World Scientific Bibliography Symposium: Applications in Historical Research, Science Education and Studies on Science and Cultural Diversity' to be held at the 22nd International Congress on History of Science in Beijing, China, 24-30 July 2005.

Gavan McCarthy,
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