Article ID: CBB001321216

From Shelves to Cyberspace: Organization of Knowledge and the Complex Identity of History of Science (2013)


Alfonso-Goldfarb, Ana Maria (Author)
Waisse, Silvia (Author)
Ferraz, Marcia Helena Mendes (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 104
Pages: 551--560

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of the focus section: “Ordering the Discipline: Classification in the History of Science”
Language: English

History of science as a formal and autonomous field of research crosses over disciplinary boundaries. For this reason, both its production and its working materials are difficult to classify and catalog according to discipline-based systems of organization of knowledge. Three main problems might be pointed out in this regard: the disciplines themselves are subject to a historical process of transformation; some objects of scientific inquiry resist constraint within rigid disciplinary grids but, rather, extend across several disciplinary boundaries; and the so-called digital revolution has replaced spatial with temporal display sequences and shifted the traditional emphasis on knowledge to user-oriented approaches. The first part of this essay is devoted to a conceptual analysis of the various approaches to the organization of knowledge formulated over time, whereas the second considers the new possibilities afforded by a faceted model of knowledge organization compatible with user-oriented relational databases to the research materials and production of history of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Weldon, Stephen P.
Abadía, Oscar Moro
Allen, Colin
Anderson, R. Joseph
Coen, Deborah R.
Gasnier, Marina
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Foundations of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Harvard University Press
History of science, as a discipline
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Classification of knowledge
Libraries and archives
Sarton, George
Barad, Karen
Neu, John
Whitrow, Magda
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
Paris (France)
United States
History of Science Society
Santa Fe Institute

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