Monday, April 07, 2008

B - Save your notes, drafts and printouts: today’s work is tomorrow’s history

Brenner S, Roberts RJ. Save your notes, drafts and printouts: today’s work is tomorrow’s history [Letter]. Nature 2007;446:725.

The increasing of our knowledge in science is making it imperative that we document the history of all discoveries in this field. Historians need all forms of data so as to document the development of today's innovations and inspire future generations. Fortunately, interest is growing among historians of science and institutional archives in preserving this history. Several institution in the United States are establishing archival collections related to the history of molecular biology and chemistry. The purpose is to encourage all researchers to preserve their papers and donate them to institutions that are committed to making them freely accessible to scholars.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v446/n7137/full/446725a.html

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