Research Coordination Network

Data approaches

Mapping Authorities and Ontologies in Computational and Digital HPS

Computational and (big) data driven approaches are increasingly applied to many areas of the social sciences including history and philosophy of science (HPS) and we are beginning to yield novel insights as part of individual projects. However, coordinated authorities and ontologies are needed to integrate data across projects. This RCN addresses these challenges by conducting research and developing computational solutions to provide a structured representation of HPS knowledge.

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Past meetings

July 27-28, 2019 | Utrecht, Netherlands

RCN Working Group

Isis CB Meeting July 27-28, 2019 (following the History of Science Society July 23-27, 2019)


De Rechtbank & Court Hotel at Korte, Nieuwstraat 14, Utrecht

This meeting will bring together a working group of collaborative editors for the IsisCB along with editors of closely related history of science and technology bibliographies in order to further the RCN goal of building a discipline-wide infrastructure for the sharing of data. The IsisCB is the largest ongoing bibliographical resource in discipline of history of science and medicine and several other bibliography editors are either currently working with the IsisCB or intend to; this network is the foundation of a data infrastructure that all members of the RCN can utilize. By linking our bibliographical and authority data, we will have achieved another significant milestone toward creating a comprehensive index of sources and concepts and building a network of authoritative full-text resources for computational analysis.

The goal will be to discuss the sharing of bibliographical and authority data and the use of multiple classification systems. During the meeting we will go over the current IsisCB import protocols and consider problem areas--both technical and conceptual with the aim of building a more robust and efficient ingestion engine. We will also focus on the challenge of integrating different tagging schemes and classification systems found in different bibliographies.


Saturday, July 27

12:30PM Lunch with Isis CB Advisory Board, Hotel Restaurant
2:00PM RCN Isis CB Meeting, Conference Room
5:00PM Meeting adjourns

Sunday, July 28

9:00AM RCN Isis CB Meeting, Conference Room
12:30PM Lunch, Hotel Restaurant
2:00PM RCN Isis CB Meeting, Conference Room
5:00PM Meeting adjourns

Allowable RCN meeting expenses for reimbursement

As a part of the NSF RCN grant administered at Arizona State University, we are able to reimburse the following expenses after the working group meeting...

  • Hotel expenses: Additional night’s stay following HSS (July 26-29th only)
    • NSF lodging limits for Utrecht, Netherlands is $165 a night
  • Airport ground transportation and/or trains to Utrecht
  • Economy airfare between July 22nd and July 29th
    • If attending HSS and RCN meetings the flight range extends to July 22nd- July 29th
    • If attending only RCN meetings: July 26-29th

March 30, 2019 | Woods Hole, MA

A special talk at the Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology 

Talk Title: "The History of Science and the Science of History: Computational Methods, Algorithms, and the Future of the Field"

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 during "An Introduction to Computational History of Science" session
  • Meigs Room, Swope Center
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

November 1-4, 2018 | Seattle, WA

September 18, 2018 | London, United Kingdom

European Society for the History of Science Meeting, London, UK


Imperial College, London


September 8-9, 2017 | Woods Hole, MA


Thursday, September 7: Travel Day
Friday & Saturday, September 8 & 9: Meeting Dates
Sunday, September 10: Travel Day

Travel Information

The Peter Pan Bus Line has a convenient bus service to Woods Hole from Boston Logan Airport. Within Boston, the bus line also stops at Boston South Station located at 700 Atlantic Avenue.  In Woods Hole, the Peter Pan Bus Line stop is located at the SteamShip Authority, 1 Cowdry Rd, Woods Hole.

Please allow a minimum of 45 minutes between flight arrival and bus departure.

Directions to the Sands of Time Hotel from the SteamShip Authority are on the map below. 

Driving Directions

If you are driving from Boston Logan Airport, Springfield, New York, Connecticut, please click here for specific driving directions.


ASU will pay your accommodations (housing rate and applicable taxes) directly to the Sands of Time Inn, 549 Woods Hole Rd, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Their front desk is open 24 hours a day and can be reached at 800-841-0114. Accommodations include air conditioning and Wi-Fi.  

Lillie 103 Room Information

  • Room Security: Room will automatically open at 7:45 am on Friday and Saturday. If it does not, call MBL security at 508-289-7217
  • Room Media: Two sixty inch monitors, HDMI and VGA inputs, conference phone, integrated vidyo conference system, lecture capture, one whiteboard
  • Room Phone Number: 508-289-7103
  • MBL Media Services: Richard Boudreau,, 508-289-7771 ~ (will roll to cell phone)
  • MBL Front Desk Phone Number: 508-548-3705, Katy Dern: 417-270-7277

MBL Guest Policies

All participants are expected to have reviewed this information prior to arrival. The MBL's Code of Conduct can be accessed below.

Woods Hole Information and Local Eateries

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be "on your own" during the meeting. Click here for a list of local eateries! Participants will be reimbursed the federal per diem daily rate for the meeting, including travel days, which is $54.00. 

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