The Australian Science Archives Project was established in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne and had the aim of improving access to Australia's scientific, technological and medical heritage. It did this by helping to preserve records and artefacts and communicating the existence of this heritage to a wide audience. In May 1999 ASAP was incorporated into the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre of the University of Melbourne.
The Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) was established in 1985 through the efforts of Professor R.W. Home in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. It subsequently established a Canberra office in 1993 based at the Australian Academy of Science, however, this office closed in the late 1990s.
ASAP was an organisation that aimed to provide access to Australia's scientific, technological and medical heritage. It had links with Australia's major scientific and cultural institutions including the National Library of Australia, Australian Archives, the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
ASAP's products and services were designed to meet the specific needs of its individual and corporate clients, within the framework of its national cultural responsibilities. As a professional archival body, ASAP used and developed leading-edge database and computer technologies to ensure that its products were efficient, effective and matched archival and business needs.
ASAP made information about Australia's scientific heritage widely available and acted as a national information resource centre. It was one of the first to use the Internet and provided a variety of resources relating to the history of science, technology and medicine. ASAP promoted the use of the World Wide Web within the archival and heritage communities and offered guidance and support to related organisations seeking to develop their own online resources.
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Ceased in May 1999. The academic, heritage, research and development activities have been continued by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre of the University of Melbourne.
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