Workshop on Digital HPS @ History of Science Society, 2013

Are you fascinated by the prospect of taking your scholarship into the digital realm, but not quite sure how to get started? Heard lots of buzz, but aren't quite clear about what "digital history & philosophy of science" means in practice? Join us for an informal and informative workshop on digital HPS at the upcoming History of Science Society meeting in Boston! This workshop is a co-production of the international Digital HPS Consortium and the ASU Digital Innovation Group.

What: Workshop F1: Laying the Foundation for Your Digital or Computational Project in the History of Science: an Interactive Workshop
When: Friday, November 22nd, 8:45pm
Where: Alcott Room, Mezzanine Level, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel


  1. To expose HSS attendees to some of the cool things happening in the Digital HPS world, and
  2. To create an informal, friendly space where people interested in digital approaches can be inspired, discuss ideas, and get more information.


Rapid advances in computer technology have created exciting new opportunities to enhance and transform historical research and education. Many historical projects involve the use of digital materials, and diverse digital collections are becoming increasingly available in open- access repositories. One of the big promises of the “digital turn” in scholarship is increased opportunity for a sharing and integrating datasets. But how can we turn those aspirations of openness and interoperability into realities? And once we do, how can we leverage computational tools to gain new insights into the history of science?

Participants in the international Digital History and Philosophy of Science Consortium ( are actively developing and implementing a wide range of tools and techniques, ranging from repositories and data management solutions to text-mining, network analysis, and ontologies. Come learn about how you can use these tools to jump- start or enhance your own digital projects! You will see brief demonstrations by representatives from various Consortium projects and have an opportunity to interact directly with those representatives to learn more about how you can use those tools in their own work.

If you are already using or developing digital and computational methods, we want to hear from you as well! Come learn how to get involved with the Consortium and exchange ideas and insights from your own research. This workshop will serve as a forum for discussion and sharing of experiences among scholars who have started, or are considering starting, their own digital projects.


Introduction by Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University

Wally Hooper - Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project, Catapult Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Analysis

The Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project (, Indiana University, has created a peer-reviewed, scholarly digital edition of Newton’s alchemical manuscripts for the use of researchers, educators, and interested members of the public. The Project website provides many other resources and components including videos of experimental reconstructions, articles, and a Latent Semantic Analysis tool that generates user-defined network visualizations and side-by-side comparisons of passages on the fly.
Daron Dierkes - George Engelmann Correspondence Project, Missouri Botanical Garden

"The Peter H. Raven Library at the Missouri Botanical Garden has recently been uploading the collected correspondence of George Engelmann to the Biodiversity Heritage Library ( If you know of letters by this 19th century botanist that are not yet online, we would like to talk to you."
Adam Goldstein - Darwin Manuscripts Project

The Darwin Manuscripts Project publishes transcriptions of Darwin’s manuscripts that represent all properties of interest to the historian—writing implement, color, cross-outs, underlining, insertions, and other marks that might indicate Darwin’s intentions and the development of his ideas. The manuscript collections published to date represent a subtle transformation of the scholarly edition. The transcriptions are integrated with bibliographic materials and scans of related works in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Transcriptions are rendered in a custom XML markup scheme we are eager to share and to bridge to other similar projects.
Scott Walter - Poincare Project, Université de Lorraine

"Composition in LaTeX offers the best of both worlds: simplicity of text and format entry, and TEI-compliant XML/MathML output. Workflow examples are presented from the Poincaré Correspondence Project."
Julia Damerow & Erick Peirson - Digital Innovation Group, Arizona State University

"We will present Vogon & Quadriga, a platform for collaborative text-annotation projects. We'll talk about how to you can use these tools to produce structured datasets and networks from digitized texts for analysis and visualization. We'll also show some examples of how Vogon & Quadriga are being used in digital projects at ASU, including the Genecology Project."