January 24, 2022

Fifty Centuries of Innovation in Scientific Publishing: A New Video Series From the International Science Council

From the International Science Council:

A new eight-part video series by ISC Patron Ismail Serageldin traces the history of scientific publishing through 50 centuries of innovation, from clay tablets to digital publishing and emerging technologies.

In these educational videos, Ismail Serageldin explores how the record of science has evolved from the earliest days of scientific inquiry, from Ancient Egypt and the beginnings of medicine, to the present day, to digital records and artificial intelligence.

Serageldin explores how science flourished around the world in step with the development of materials for writing and printing, as well as through the establishment of libraries and, later, learned societies, including some of the ISC’s Members.

The series decentralizes the history of scientific publishing, featuring an episode dedicated to the Muslim Golden Age in Science, before the focus shifts to Europe and the Renaissance. The importance of freedom for scientists to carry out research and publish and disseminate their findings runs through the series as a common thread.

Later videos go on to consider the foundations of the scientific method, before looking at the contemporary landscape for science and scientific publishing, and especially the role of libraries. The series ends with a look to the future, asking how technological developments will continue to affect the development of science and the scientific record.

Ismail Serageldin is the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina inaugurated in 2002 and currently serves as Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria. He is a patron of the International Science Council.

This video series was developed as a contribution to the ISC’s project on the Future of Scientific Publishing.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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