ASAP Melbourne - from 1999 the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
Old Arts Building
The University of Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 8344 3304
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Gavan is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Australian
Science Archives Project (ASAP), and has particular responsibility
for the design and implementation of ASAP's Archival Processing Services.
Gavan 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, first stimulated
through contact with records in the area at the University of
Melbourne Archives in the late 1970s.
One of Gavan's major areas of interest has been the development
of computer database tools for handling archival information and
this this has led to the creation of ASAP ADS
- ASAP's Archival Data-management System - which is a comprehensive
set of data structures and functions that can be used to handle
the wide variety of collections and projects that come under the
work of the ASAP.
Gavan has a Bachelor of Arts from LaTrobe University and a Master
of Arts from Monash University. He is a professional member of
the Australian Society of Archivists Inc and a member of its federal
Gavan's research interests include the history and archives of
science, technology and medicine in Australia and more particularly
the development of resources and tools for continuing research
in these areas.
Australian Science Archives Project and the National Centre for
Australian Studies 1991, Guide to the Archives of Science in
Australia. Volume 1: records of individuals, compiled and
edited by Gavan McCarthy, Thorpe: Port Melbourne, ISBN 0909532974.
Articles and Reviews
- Gavan McCarthy & Tim Sherratt, 'Mapping Scientific Memory - Understanding the role of recordkeeping in scientific practice', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 24, no. 1, May 1996.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'Portraits in Science', book review in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 22, no. 2, November 1994.
- Gavan McCarthy & Rosanne Clayton,'The Records of E.W. Titterton, Nuclear Physicist', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 20, no. 1, May 1992.
Conference Papers, Presentations, Seminars and Talks
- Gavan McCarthy, '
'Why Archives and Records in Science, Technology and Medicine? New imperatives for intellectual, commercial and corporate success' [Notes], Presented to Monash IVF, 31 October 1995; the Probus Club of Latrobe, 6 November 1995; and Chiron Mimotopes, 14 November 1995.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'Australian Science Archives Project: Power, Drugs and Glamour in the Nineties', Invited presentation to a meeting of the International Council on Archives, Science Archives Subgroup, Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, College Park, Marylands, USA, 29 August 1995.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'Text and Context: Recovering the Astonishing Discourse' [Notes only], Presented to 'The University of Melbourne, History and Philosophy of Science Departmental Seminar', 13 September 1994.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'The Handling of the Archives and the Objects of Science', in Do Documents and Objects Mix?, Proceedings of a seminar held by the Health and Medicine Museums, Museums of Australia, 20 June 1993. Published 1994.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'A Cup of Tea and Buttered Nutloaf', Presented to to 'Ethics, Lies and Archives', an Australian Society of Archivists Seminar, 20 May 1993. Published in Ethics, Lies and Archives, Australian Society of Archivists Inc, Canberra, 1994.
- Gavan McCarthy, 'Recovering Science: Progress in the 1990s', Presented to 'Recovering Science', 15-17 November 1992. Published in Recovering Science: Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future. Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste and Rosanne Clayton (eds), Australian Science Archives Project, Canberra, 1995.
- Gavan McCarthy, '"Living on the edge" - the challenge of being fully externally-funded', Presented as part of a Workshop at 'Documenting Modern Society', Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Sydney, 11 June 1991.
In his spare time Gavan is a keen player of the double-bass and
can always be encouraged to pick out an Irish tune on his cittern.
Check out Gavan and his band, on the: Jugularity Home Page.
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