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International Speakers

A number of international delegates have been invited to participate in the conference. Many of the invited archivists from overseas come from Europe and are joined by a grouping Cooperation on Archives of Science in Europe - CASE.

Australian Speakers

Speakers from around Australia have been invited to address key themes in short, pithy presentations. Speakers from the Australian Science Archives Project will provide illustrations from the field to stimulate debate. Time has also been allowed for selected brief (5 minute) presentations from the floor.

Peter Horsman, Netherlands Archives School.

Peter Horsman has over 20 years experience in archives. Having begun his career at the municipal archives of Dordrecht, he has worked since 1981 at the Netherlands National Archives, with automation policies his main focus. He has been involved in almost all of the major projects in this field at the National Archives. From 1991 to 1997 he was director of the National Archives Information Policies Department.

Peter teaches archival science at the Netherlands Archives School; furthermore he works on a curriculum for teaching electronic recordkeeping, both at the polytechnic and at university level. The latter work is a European Community sponsored project in which the University of Amsterdam cooperates with the universities of Tampere (Finland), Potsdamm (Germany), and Newcastle (United Kingdom).

Upon completing education in information science he studied knowledge engineering at the Centre of Excellence CIBIT, Utrecht, and the Middlesex University, London. He wrote his masters thesis on the application of knowledge technology and knowledge management in archival appraisal.

As of 1988 he has been a member of the successive International Council on Archives automation committees; initially as a corresponding member, and from 1992 as chairperson. In the committee he is in particular involved in the development of a data model, supporting the ISAD and ISAAR standards.

He has presented various papers on archival science and archival informatics, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Among many other things he advised the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC on the development of an archives management system. In the first half of 1997 he worked for five months as a consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, for which he completed a Yourdon based design of a recordkeeping system. Within the Programme Bureau his specialisation is recordkeeping and recordkeeping functional requirements.

Peter's attendance at the conference was sponsored by the National Archives of Australia.

Peter Harper, Director of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath.

Peter Harper has been a specialist in contemporary scientific archives since 1983 with the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (CSAC) in Oxford and its successor organisation the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists (NCUACS) at the University of Bath. In 1996 he was appointed Director of the NCUACS. The NCUACS is not an archive but a processing and information centre. Under the auspices of the Royal Society the NCUACS aims to locate, catalogue and find permanent places of deposit for the papers of distinguished contemporary British scientists in national, university and institutional archives. In recent years it has increasingly used the internet in providing information about its work and the scientists' papers it has catalogued.

Peter Harper fulfils a number of professional responsibilities in the UK and internationally. He is currently Chairman of the South West Region of the [UK and Ireland] Society of Archivists, serves on the Council of the Society and is a member of its International Panel. He is a member of the International Council of Archives Universities and Research Institutions Section (ICA/SUV) and of CASE (Cooperation on Archives of Science in Europe) whose website is maintained by the NCUACS at the University of Bath.

In response to ASAP's announcement of the conference Peter Harper wrote:

" I am sure that the conference you are planning in Canberra will be a major international event. Australian archivists have a well-deserved reputation as being at the forefront of professional theory and practice as well as being full participants in international developments especially where the application of new technologies is concerned. In no field is this more true than that of contemporary science, technology and medicine where changes in scientific practice brought about by the electronic revolution present formidable challenges to all those concerned with the preservation of this vital component of our respective national heritages and that supranational heritage which reflects the international nature of modern science and the technologies that sustain it. Furthermore, a number of initiatives under the auspices of the International Council of Archives have served to focus attention internationally on the issues of contemporary scientific practice and record keeping. Hence I very much welcome this opportunity to take part with my Australian collegues and other invited international delegates in a well-prepared meeting which I am convinced will make a significant contribution to archival methodology and practice in this most important area of science, technology and medicine."

The British Council (who also supported the Cabinet of Curiosities initiative) has awarded a grant to fund the travel expenses of both Peter Harper and Anne Barrett to attend the conference & speak in neighbouring cities.

Anne Barrett, College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

Anne Barrett (MA, BA.Hons, Dip Archive Admin, Dip Lib, Phd in progress) has been College Archivist at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London since 1989 and in 1998 was elected to the Court of the Governing Body of Imperial College.

Anne worked previously at the Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford.

Anne has been a member of the International Council on Archives, Scientific Universities Group (SUV) since 1995, member of the SUV Steering Committee since 1996, and also member of the Science Archives Sub-committee. For the SUV she has begun a survey of use of electronic methods by scientists, - "Changes in Scientific Practice and its effects on Records Creation and Record Keeping" - this continues, (volunteers to implement it in their institutions are welcome!). She is also member of the SUV Committee producing a Conceptual Framework for Archives in Universities and Colleges and has given papers on these in Liege and Beijing.

Anne has been working with the Australian Science Archives Project, implementing their Archival Database System at Imperial College . She is a member of the British Standards Institute Committee on Records Management. She has run seminars for the University of London on preservation and disaster management, and is member of the UK Preservation Administrators Panel.

She is also a committee member of the South Kensington branch of AWISE (Association for Women in Science and Engineering). In 1995 she co-curated an exhibition celebrating T.H.Huxley at the Science Museum, London. In 1997 she worked with an artist introducing his science related work to Imperial College.

Finn Aaserud, Director, Niels Bohr Archive, Denmark.

Finn Aaserud, a Norwegian citizen, received his PhD in physics from the University of Oslo, Norway, and in the history of science from the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A. His experience with archival matters stems in particular from his four-year tenure as Associate Historian at the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics in New York City and his directorship since 1989 of the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is chairman of the archives group of the Danish National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science. Aaserud's publications deal mainly with twentieth-century physics in its broader social context in Denmark and the United States.

Didier Devriese, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Didier Devriese has been archivist and historian at the Department of Archives of the Université libre de Bruxelles since 1989, and Assistant - Head Archivist of the University since 1992.

Apart from working on various historical archives, Didier has organised various expositions, colloquia and seminars. He has also co-edited works on the history of science and culture.

His scientific activity is mostly concentrated on the following themes : the history of science at the end of the XIXth century, the archival theory, and the historiography of the history of science. He has published several articles and has given lectures on those three subjects. He is presently preparing a Ph.D. on the historiography of the history of science in the XIXth and XXth century, and the treatment and use of archives by historians of science.

As an archivist, he is particularly interested in the archives of science, on which he gave various lectures (most recently: « Les archives scientifiques: une description normative commune est-elle envisageable? », CNRS - Archives nationales de France, 1997 and «Recueillir les archives des sciences contemporaines: de la nécessité d’un métaprotocole », XXth International Congress for History of Science, 1997).

Didier is a member of the section of University and Research Institutions Archives/ International Committee of Archives (ICA-SUV) and, more particularly, is an active member of the sub-committee "Conceptual framework for University Archives" and of the CASE-group (Cooperation on Archives of Science in Europe).

Jean Marie Deken, Archivist, Archives and History Office, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University, California, USA.

Jean Marie Deken has been SLAC's Archivist for two years, having come to Stanford University from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to her experience with NARA, Ms. Deken has been the Archivist of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Curator of The Barriger Collections (twentieth-century U. S. railroadiana) of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. While at NARA, her work researching and preparing an exhibition on the U. S. civilian effort to support the Allied effort in World War II led her to the records of twentieth-century science, while her extensive experience appraising and scheduling the records of U. S. government agencies led her to a deep appreciation of the serious issues surrounding the discovery, appraisal and retention of historically valuable electronic records. At SLAC these interests are expressed in ongoing efforts to document the SLAC World Wide Web site and to appraise the electronic records of high-energy physics collaborations.

Professor Brian Anderson, Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Brian Anderson is Director of the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University and a Director of Cochlear Ltd. He holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Stamford University.

Professor Anderson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Royal Society, London and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He holds Honorary Doctorates of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Anderson was elected President of the Australian Academy of Science at its Annual General Meeting in April this year.

Stephen Ellis, National Archives of Australia.

Dr Stephen Ellis is currently the Director of the Systems Development Project in the National Archives of Australia. He has an MA(Hons) degree from the University of New England in Australia and a PhD from Duke University in the USA. He trained originally as an historian and has conducted research in archives in Australia, the USA, the Soviet Union and England. He joined the Australian Archives in 1983 after teaching Australian and Modern European history in a number of Australian universities. Over the past ten years he has been involved in major developmental projects in the Archives, including the development of standardised appraisal procedures for Australian federal government records, the design of the Archives' computerised control system for records, formulation of policy for the storage of federal government records, and the development and promotion of paper standards for use in Australian government agencies. He was a member the Archives' Electronic Records policy development team from its inception in 1992. He has previously served as National Director of the Custody and Preservation Program of the Archives and as Director of the Archives' New South Wales office.

Lisa Enright, Australian Science Archives Project.

Lisa Enright joined the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) in 1995. Lisa's role within ASAP is the co-ordination and execution of projects in the commercial arena. She has been involved in a variety of projects with ASAP including areas such as the power generation industry and hospital sector.

Lisa has completed her Master of Arts in Archives and Records from Monash University with a minor thesis entitled "Accessing the Present: the ongoing preservation and access to legacy electronic records and information systems. A case study in the documentation and migration of electronic systems for ongoing access."

Lisa is currently a member of the National Council of the Australian Society of Archivists.

Henry Gardner, Australian National University.

Henry Gardner is a physicist by training and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Supercomputer Facility at the Australian National University.

Bridget Goodwin, Bond University.

Bridget Goodwin is an historian and film-maker with a special interest in making historical documentaries. She has made a special study of chemical warfare trials that were held in north Queensland during WWII and this research has taken her to science archives in Britain, the United States and Australia. As a film-maker she will show examples of a creative use of science archives to "bring to life" accounts of what has happened in the past.

Tom Griffiths, Australian National University.

Tom Griffiths is a Fellow in the History Program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. In 1995-6 he was Deputy Head of the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London and, prior to that appointment, was Lecturer in Public History at Monash University. He has also worked as an historian with the State Library of Victoria (as Field Officer from 1983 to 1989), the Victorian Department of Conservation, and the Museum of Victoria (as the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellow 1992-3). His books include the award-winning `Hunters and Collectors' (1996). Tom has been a member of the National Advisory Board of ASAP since 1992.

Chris Jack, Australian Science Archives Project.

Christopher Jack is a Project Archivist with the Australian Science Archives Project. Since joining ASAP in 1995 Christopher has worked on a variety of projects in the power generation industry, at hospitals, medical research institutes and pharmaceutical producers, as well as working on the records of individual scientists.

Philip Kent, CSIRO.

Following a background in Queensland academic libraries, Philip Kent has worked within CSIRO, Australia's premier science organisation, for over 12 years. His initial responsibilities were in purchasing CSIRO’s $6 million pa expenditure on scientific literature.

Since 1993, Philip has taken on a broader information management role including responsibility for corporate archives and records management activities and professional publications authored by CSIRO staff.

Since November 1996 Philip has headed the Information Management function within the corporate Information Technology Services branch. His group provides coordination services and systems for information management professionals throughout CSIRO.

Philip has authored and edited a number of professional articles and books. He has also held various positions within library and information associations. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Swinburne University at the end of 1997.

Philip attended the Liege meeting in 1996 as part of the Australian contingent with Gavan McCarthy and Rod Home. He has a personal interest in electronic laboratory notebooks and their potential within science organisations such as CSIRO.

Jenny Learmont, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, NSW.

Jenny Learmont has been employed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, NSW ( ARCBS) since 1985, when as Head of the Lookback Department she set up the Lookback/tracing procedures for HIV transfusion transmitted infection. The HIV registry that has resulted from this procedure is the largest registry of its kind in Australia and is arguably the most complete and comprehensive record of HIV transfusion infected recipients and donors, and their current HIV health status, of any such department in the world.

In 1989, in the course of analysing the HIV registry she discovered and identified a group of symptomless recipients, who together with their single well donor, are now known internationally as the Sydney Blood Bank Cohort (SBBC). The SBBC shares a unique attenuated strain of HIV and is regarded as a most important cohort of longterm survivors in the study to further understand the pathogenesis of HIV infection which could lead to treatments and/or a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.

Jenny Learmont has published a number of papers and letters in scientific journals, and prepared poster and paper presentations for national and international HIV conferences. Her publications include first authorship of a lead article published in the Lancet in 1992 detailing initial findings related to the SBBC and in 1995 she was a joint author in an article published in Science which described the important molecular difference in the SBBC strain of HIV.

The ARCBS has collaborated in ongoing research projects related to the SBBC and to other longterm survivors on the registry with the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The Department of Virology, Westmead Hospital Sydney and the Macfarlane Burnet Centre, Melbourne.

In 1996 she was admitted to the Order of Australia and received an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the University of NSW for eminent service to the community in the fields of HIV/AIDS and mental health.

Gavan McCarthy, Australian Science Archives Project.

Gavan McCarthy is the Director of the Australian Science Archives Project. He has been leading ASAP since its inception in 1985, a position that has consolidated an interest in the history and archives of science, medicine and technology in Australia. Gavan was previously employed by the University of Melbourne Archives from 1978 to 1984. One of his major areas of interest has been the development of computer database tools for handling archival information and this has led to the creation of the ASAP Archival Documentation Management System. A prolific writer in his field, Gavan has a Master of Arts from Monash University. He is a professional member of the Australian Society of Archivists Inc. and has served on its federal council. Gavan is currently an Honorary Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Australian Archives Act of 1983.

Sue McKemmish, Monash University.

Sue McKemmish is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Management and Systems at Monash University. With her Monash colleagues she has developed innovative, integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches to records management, archival and information management education at postgraduate and undergraduate levels within the framework provided by records continuum and information continuum theory. Professor McKemmish was a member of the Records and Archives Competency Standards Steering Committee which managed the development of endorsed national recordkeeping competencies for the industry in Australia, and is a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the review of Commonwealth archival law. With colleagues Ann Pederson (University of New South Wales) and Steve Stuckey (National Archives of Australia) she heads a research project which is developing a national framework for standardising recordkeeping metadata. This project involves close collaboration between Monash University, the University of New South Wales, a National Archives of Australia-led industry coalition (made up of the National Archives, the Records Management Office of New South Wales, the Queensland State Archives, the Records Management Association of Australia, and the Australian Council of Archives), and the Australian Science Archives Project. Through the Centre for Information Management and Systems Practice, she and Monash colleague Barbara Reed currently manage a consultancy project to deliver a Records Management and Archives Skills Training Program to the National Archives of Australia. Professor McKemmish brings to her role as educator 15 years experience in records and archives work at Australian Archives and the Public Record Office of Victoria. She has postgraduate qualifications in history and librarianship, was co-author and co-editor of The Records Continuum and Archival Documents , and is currently editor of Archives and Manuscripts. In 1996 she was made a Laureate of the Australian Society of Archivists for her contribution to recordkeeping education, and in 1997 received the Society’s Mander-Jones Award for the publication making the greatest contribution to archives or a related field in Australia.

Helen Morgan.

Helen Morgan has been employed by ASAP since May 1996 and has been involved in a variety of areas within ASAP including collections, research, and survey and scoping projects for the power generating companies and other client organisations. Most notably, Helen worked on the SECV Personnel Scoping Project, Loy Yang Scoping Project and Generation Victoria Records Project, in addition to the Le Souëf Family Papers and Dunbavin Butcher Records. Currently she is working with Joanne Evans on the research project "Next Generation ADS - Controlling the Total Records Environment".

Helen is responsible for the co-ordination and development of all user documentation required for ASAP’s Archival Documentation Management System onQ, and provides support in its use within and outside of the organisation. An experienced researcher and archivist, Helen has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Melbourne (1994) on the Australian artist Thea Proctor (1879-1966), and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives and Records Management) from RMIT (1996).

Her interest in archival theory stems from her research experience and practice, particularly through her work for Professor Ann Galbally on Redmond Barry, on whom material is to be found in almost every conceivable Archive in Melbourne! While working at ASAP she has continued to assist Professor Galbally in researching a biography on the English-born artist Charles Conder (1868-1909). One of her major areas of interest is the management of art archives, and her research into the life and art of Thea Proctor continues (see H. Morgan, "Thea Proctor in London 1910-1911: Her Early Involvement with Fashion", Art Bulletin of Victoria 36, 1996, pp. 27-36).

David Roberts, Archives Authority of New South Wales.

David Roberts is the Manager of the Records Management Office, a branch of the Archives Authority of New South Wales, where he leads the Authority's projects on Government-wide recordkeeping standards and electronic recordkeeping. From 1980 to February 1993 he worked with the Australian Archives (now the National Archives of Australia), principally in the NSW Office in the areas of records appraisal, information services and finding aids, and audio-visual and electronic records. He chairs the Australian Council of Archives Sub-Committee on Standards and Guidelines and represents the Australian Society of Archivists on the Standards Australia committee on records management. He is the author of the Archives Authority's 1995 discussion paper, 'Documenting the Future: Policy and Strategies for Electronic Recordkeeping in the New South Wales Public Sector', and of articles and reviews in the professional literature. He was co-winner of the Britt Literary Award for 1997, presented by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International).

Tim Sherratt, discontents.

Tim Sherratt was ASAP's Deputy-Director until 1997 and was responsible for the creation of ASAPWeb, Bright Sparcs and many of ASAP's other online resources. He is now a freelance historian and WWW consultant, with too many ideas and too little time. Tim has research interests in the history of Australian science, and maintains the WWW Virtual Library for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Despite being officially detached, Tim retains a keen interest in, and commitment to, the future of Bright Sparcs. See: for more.

Terry Stokes, Office of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Dr Stokes is currently an Assistant Secretary in the Office of the National Health and Medical Research Council, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of electronic grant application systems. Dr Terry Stokes was until recently Director, Research Services at Monash University. During his appointment there, Dr Stokes was also part-time Special Adviser to the Australian Research Council (ARC). Prior to that, he was Counsellor to the National Board of Employment, Education and Training, working with the ARC and the Higher Education Council. Dr Stokes studied, and subsequently taught in the field traditionally known as history and philosophy of science, now commonly called science and technology studies. More recently, he has developed interests in higher education policy and the measurement and evaluation of research. His most recent publication, with Don Anderson and Robert Arthur, is Qualifications of Australian Academics: Sources and Levels 1978–1996, Evaluations and Investigations Program, Higher Education Division, Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, 1997.

Rodney Teakle, CSIRO.

Rodney Teakle is part of the CSIRO Records Management and Archives group which has policy and some operational responsibilities for CSIRO’s records management and archival activities. He is involved with the disposal of records, the arrangement and description of archives, managing access to archives and corporate records management activities. Prior to working at CSIRO, he worked at the Australian Archives (1983-89) and the former South Australian Archives (1977-83). CSIRO is an Australian Government organisation which undertakes basic and applied scientific research in a wide range of areas. It operates closely with the National Archives of Australia since its records are covered by the Archives Act.

Rosanne Walker, Australian Science Archives Project.

Rosanne Walker is Registrar of Bright Sparcs and the Directory of Archives in Australia. As such, she is the first point of contact for users of these major Internet resources. As well as working for ASAP, Rosanne is Basser Librarian for the Australian Academy of Science and has over eighteen years experience in archives and library management.

Published by: Australian Science Archives Project on ASAPWeb
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Prepared by: Joanne Evans, Elle Morrell and Barbara Cytowicz 23/9/1997
Graphics by Lisa Cianci
Last modified: 11 January 1999