‘Documenting science: preserving the legacy of the Human Genome Project’

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Human Genome Project Officer Jenny Shaw will be discussing her work at the Wellcome Library at an Archives for London seminar on 7th February.


The Human Genome Archive Project (HGAP) aims to preserve the archival legacy of one of the most important scientific achievements of the twentieth century. In the UK, a survey of material created between 1977 and 2004 relating to the sequencing of the human genome is currently underway. To deal with collaborative science and a large proportion of digital material, this survey is challenging the traditional approach to scientific archives by drawing on archival theory and examples of its practical application.

This seminar will start with an introduction to sequencing and the Human Genome Project. It will then explain how the survey is being conducted; including an evaluation of survey methodologies and the practical application of archive theory to a real-world situation. Finally it will include the key achievements of the project so far and plans for the future.

Date: Thursday 7 February

Time: 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm)

Venue: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Advance booking is essential. Please guarantee your place by contacting:

t: 020 7332 3879

£5 non-members, free to Archives for London members

Author: Jenny Shaw

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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