All are invited to join the next meeting of the History of Knowledge Seminar Series. ‘Tools of Knowledge: Challenging Ontologies’
Liba Taub (Cambridge), Alex Butterworth (Sussex), Boris Jardine (Cambridge) & Sarah Middle (National Museums Scotland)
Thursday 19 May 2022
Online (Microsoft Teams)
No registration needed. Please click here to attend the meeting
The ‘Tools of Knowledge’ project is an investigation of the communities that made and traded scientific instruments in Britain between the sixteenth and early-twentieth century, using digital methods. The project is developing a semantic data model to enable analysis of the complex graph of data assembled from a legacy database of makers, multiple museum collections catalogues and diverse complementary sources. This data model encompasses the business, guild and familial relationships between instrument makers, while a new ontology is proposed for the instruments they produced. A further model describes the association between persons and instruments at various levels of conceptual resolution, while accommodating temporal and spatial fuzziness and uncertainty. The presentation will reflect on this work-in-progress from the perspective of both the data modelling and the historical investigations that it will support.
Liba Taub is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and Director and Curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge. Alex Butterworth is a historian associated as Research Fellow to the University of Essex. Boris Jardine is Research Associate at HPS, Cambridge. Sarah Middle is a Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated to National Museums Scotland.
This seminar is organized by Lukas M. Verburgt and Elske de Waal with support from the Descartes Centre, NIAS, and the Huizinga Institute. Please visit our website for more information, the full 2021-22 program, and to subscribe to our newsletter.