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The increasingly digital records of our communities and our organizations require all of us to become digital stewardship and digital preservation practitioners. The challenge seems daunting but the good news is we don’t have to do it alone. A distributed network of practitioners and learners across the globe are increasingly finding ways to learn together and share and pool their resources to tackle these challenges and provide enduring access to our digital heritage. This talk will provide an overview of key principles for practicing digital stewardship and an orientation to how to connect with and engage with the international community of practice developing and refining the craft of digital stewardship and digital preservation.


Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens currently serves as the inaugural Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. In addition, he teaches graduate seminars in digital history for American University’s History Department and digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center.


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April 1969 – John Adams, Director of the 300 GeV project

By 1 April 1969, John Adams was ready to take up his new role, as Director of CERN’s 300 GeV project, full-time. This photo shows him presenting plans for the new accelerator a few months earlier – you can read the minutes of the 16 January 1969 Committee of Council meeting, largely devoted to discussion of the project, here.


At this time it was not even clear in which country the new machine would be built. By showing that it made most financial and technological sense to build the Super Proton Synchrotron next to the existing CERN site, Adams was able to break the deadlock between member states.

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Fiami présente sa nouvelle BD: Post-scriptum - les vies de Newton (English version: Postscript - the lives of Newton)

Tout le monde connaît le nom de Newton, mais qui était-il?

Avec cet album de 12 pages, Fiami trace un portrait de Newton étonnant.
Nous sommes le 8 avril 1727, Sir Isaac Newton sera bientôt enterré parmi les rois d'Angleterre à la cathédrale de Westminster.
Au milieu du cortège, parmi la foule, les langues se délient et les lois de Newton vacillent.
God save Newton!

Who was Newton?
Everyone has heard of Newton, but who was he ? 
In these few pages, Fiami brushes a surprising portrait of Newton. 
It is 8 April 1727. Sir Isaac Newton will soon be buried  amongst the monarchs of Britain in Westminster Abbey. 
In the procession, amongst the crowd, tongues are loose and Newton’s laws are wavering. 
God save Newton ! 


Ce nouvel album vient conclure la série de  Fiami sur l’histoire des sciences: 

Les vies d’Einstein, Les vies de Galilée et Les vies de Marie Curie qui sont traduits en plusieurs langues et utilisés notamment dans des écoles à travers le monde.

   Plus d’info et contact:

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March 1959 – CERN’s D-G strongly in favour of welcoming Soviet scientists

The first informal contacts between Soviet and CERN scientists probably took place at the Atoms for Peace conference in Geneva in September 1955. Exchange visits between scientists from CERN and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) were suggested in 1957, but there was little progress until N. Bogolubov of JINR raised the subject again on 4 February 1959. CERN’s director-general C. Bakker replied on 5 March that he was, in principle, strongly in favour of the idea, and he began to look into the practicalities. (See their letters here.)


Bakker chaired an informal gathering on International Cooperation in the Field of High Energy Physics Accelerators in September 1959. After more consultation with CERN’s member states he was able to report to Council on 1 December 1959 that "all the delegations were in favour of such exchanges provided they were reciprocal", and the Draft Proposal was approved the following day.

Inspire news

We are excited to announce INSPIRE beta, a sneak peek into the future of INSPIRE! Built on top of a modern and reliable software architecture, INSPIRE beta aims at bringing the best out of the existing INSPIRE features while introducing new ones. The High Energy Physics community’s feedback has always been part of shaping and Read More →

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February 1989 – The LEP monorail

On 21 February 1989, CERN inaugurated its new monorail, suspended from the ceiling of the 27-kilometre Large Electron-Positron Collider tunnel.


The trains, all named after local villages, travelled at around 12 kilometres per hour and came in three different designs to handle different cargoes. LEP was in the second phase of construction, and sixty thousand tonnes of equipment had to be installed quickly in a very narrow space. The monorail let workers and equipment move efficiently and safely.


The inaugural speeches took place at different points around the tunnel and the guests, who had been warned to wrap up warmly, were treated to a ride between them on CERN’s very own metro.

CERN Courier Bookshelf
December 2018
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January 1957 – CERN’s Scientific Information Service is born

In January 1957, CERN’s newly created Scientific Information Service (SIS) was planning for the year’s big challenge – moving the Library into new premises. Three of the staff are shown here at the old premises in July.


Until the end of 1956, CERN’s Library, translation team and public relations office all formed part of a single Information Service, but this had been split up, leaving around a dozen staff to handle “scientific documentation, publication and exchange of reports, associated ‘print shop’ activities and relations with the scientific press.” You can read the report on SIS’ first year here.

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Guido Altarelli was a leading figure in 20th century particle physics. His scientific contributions and leadership played a key role in the development of the Standard Model of fundamental interactions, as well as the current search for new physics beyond it, both at and beyond CERN.

This book is a collection of original contributions, at the cutting edge of scientific research, by some of the leading theoretical and experimental high-energy physicists currently in the field. These were inspired by Guido's ideas, whether directly or indirectly. 



"From my Vast Repertoire", ed. by S. Forte, A. Levy, G. Ridolfi,  World Scientific, 2018, ISBN 9789813238046                                


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