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Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Eugene Garfield Annotation pdf (59,311 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Eugene Garfield
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (59,311 Bytes)
Date:
1959-05-09 (May 9, 1959)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Garfield, Eugene
Source:
Lederberg UI: Q68
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Exhibit Category:
Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and Expert Systems in Biomedical Research
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence C
Lederberg Grouping: Miscellaneous Unpublished Text
Box Number: 10
Folder Number: 102
Unique Identifier:
BBAIXL
Accession Number:
13
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1953-1960
Folder: Garfield, Eugene
Transcript:
TO: Eugene Garfield
5-9-59.
Since you first published your scheme for a "citation index" in Science about 4 years ago I have been thinking very seriously about it, and must admit I am completely sold. In the nature of my work I have to spend a fair amount of effort in reading the literature of collateral fields and it is infuriating how often I have been stumped in trying to update a topic, where your scheme would have been just the solution! I'm sure your critics have not grasped the idea, and especially the point that the author must learn to cooperate by his own choice of citations and then he does the critical work.
Have you tried to set this out in an adequate experiment? Would you look for support from the NSF? Of course you have to count on opposition from the established outfits, which have already succeeded in blocking any progressive centralization of the Augean tasks.
Sincerely
Joshua Lederberg
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
Node:  Eugene Garfield; publisher of Current Contents, inventor of
the Science Citation Index, and founder of ISI, the Institute of
Scientific Information.  For extensive account of these developments,
see Paul Wouters Ph. D. dissertation from the University of Amsterdam,
"Citation Culture", also to appear as a book ca. 1999-2000.  This letter
was my self-introduction to Garfield, and then a life-long relationship with
him.  Cf also: R-63; Q-142; Q-66; SAM-249 ; P-102 and other xf comments on
citation indexing and my critique of its scientometric applications;
Wouters suggests that the context of my enquiry was the self-examination
in the NIH Genetics study section of methods for assessing the value
of research grant investment.

KW:  Garfield 1955 Science paper on citation indexing;


Q-68:  transcript:

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Memo From:                              To: Eugene Garfield
J. Lederberg
Genetics Department
Stanford University
Stanford, California
                                        5/9/59

.fi
Since you first published your scheme for a "citation index" in
Science about 4 years ago I have been thinking very seriously
about it, and must admit I am completely sold.  In the nature
of my work I have to spend a fair amount of effort in reading
the literature of collateral fields and it is infuriating how often
I have been stumped in trying to update a topic, where your scheme
would have been just the solution!  I am sure your critics have 
simply not grasped the idea, and especially the point that the
author must learn to cooperate by his own choice of citations
and then he does the critical work.

Have you tried to set this out in an adequate experiment?  Would
you look for support from the NSF?  Of course you have to count on
opposition from the established outfits, which have already succeeded
in blocking any progressive centralization of the Augean tasks.

                                Sincerely,

  /s/                           Joshua Lederberg
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jl 3/20/99




KW: