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Maxime Sainte-Marie

Les collections muséales au service de la science: Une analyse de la Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments de l'université Harvard

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  • Maxime Sainte-Marie
  • Jean François Gauvin, Harvard University
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  • Vincent Larivière, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Univ Quebec Montreal, University of Quebec, University of Quebec Montreal, CIRST, OST, Canada

Beyond administrative, curatorial or communicative purposes, museum databases can also serve research purposes, by giving scholars access to new data and by allowing for the unveiling of unprecedented investigative perspectives. The present project aims to offer such an example of research-oriented museum data analysis, by providing a global historical, geographical, and material analysis of the objects contained and presented in the Waywiser online database of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI) at Harvard University. The long-term goal of this project is to convince other science museums to join forces and thus create a brand new ensemble of analytical and research perspectives that will expand the scholarship in the history of science and technology.

Original languageFrench
JournalDocument Numerique
Pages (from-to)137-158
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

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