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ICSTI Takes Action toward Electronic Scientific Archive

Magazine article Information Today

ICSTI Takes Action toward Electronic Scientific Archive

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The archiving of science in electronic formats requires urgent action from scientific societies, publishers, and librarians for the establishment of principles and guidelines, according to one of the recommendations of the joint ICSU Press/UNESCO Expert Conference on Electronic Publishing in Science held in February 1996.

Following discussions with ICSU Press and other interested organizations, ICSTI responded to this recommendation by organizing a one-day discussion session to identify the current plans, policies, and practices of the key players-governments, libraries, publishers, scientific societies, abstracting, and indexing services-and determine what further activities need to be undertaken; and to consider what ICSTI can do to help ensure that appropriate arrangements are put in place to preserve the future record of science and to provide appropriate access to it.

The discussion session took place on June 6-7 in Philadelphia in the course of the ICSTI 1997 General Assembly and associated meetings. Chaired by David Russon, ICSTI president, it was introduced by Sir Roger Elliott, chairman of ICSU Press, followed by seven speakers who covered a number of important topics:

The relevant activities of a scholarly society: Mark Frankel, American Association for the Advancement of Science

The preservation of digital information: Deanna Marcum, U. …

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