Capturing the Historical Legacy of the NHGRI

National Human Genome Research Institute

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Capturing the Historical Legacy of the National Human Genome Research Institute

An Archival and Scholarly Initiative
 

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In August 2012, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) began an institute-wide initiative to capture and preserve the details of its historic role in The Human Genome Project and in subsequent genomics programs.

The key elements of this initiative include:

Digitization of Paper Files

Efforts are under way to digitize existing institute paper files related to major NHGRI genomics programs (e.g., The Human Genome Project) and other historically important institute endeavors.

Curation

The institute's documents related to major NHGRI genomics programs and other institute endeavors are being archived, catalogued and summarized, creating the substrate for a valuable historic resource.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Best Practices

SOPs are being developed so that relevant digital files are preserved. Institute-wide best practices are being implemented so that current and departing staff members appropriately archive relevant digital and paper files. 

Oral History Collection

An oral history collection program is being developed and implemented that aims to capture the perspectives and experiences of those involved in major NHGRI genomics programs and other institute endeavors. The oral histories involve interviews with both NHGRI staff and those from the wider genomics community.

Archival Database

A searchable archival database is being designed so as to enable public access to select files and segments from the oral histories.

Scholarly Publications 

Scholarly descriptions and analyses of the major NHGRI genomics programs and other institute endeavors are essential to this overall initiative. Potential projects include the publication of peer-reviewed articles and opinion pieces in well-respected scientific journals. These publications strive to draw upon the knowledge base of institute staff and external genomics experts, while also capturing the expertise of professional historians.

For additional information about this initiative, please contact:

Christopher Donohue
NHGRI Historian
Christopher.Donohue@nih.gov

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Posted: May 30, 2014