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The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s

January 31, 2017
by G. Salim Mohammed

Objects from the David Rumsey Map Collection are featured in Atlas Obscura's Map Monday for January 30, 2017, features maps from John Emslie and James Reynolds.From Atlas Obscura's feature: "Have you ever wondered what the tallest active volcano is? Or wanted to compare the height of mountain peaks and the lengths of rivers around the world?

Revs Dynamic Design Lab Video Still

SDR Deposit of the Week : Sensors, video, and a 1965 Ferrari

November 21, 2016
by Peter Alexander Mangiafico

It should come as little surprise that Stanford is playing a large role in the rapid progress towards fully autonomous vehicles. Research data and video recorded by John Kegelman, Lene Harbott, Chris Gerdes and others in the Dynamic Design Lab are now deposited and streamable from the SDR. These data are useful in a variety of ways, such as to inform self-driving cars that can respond to changing conditions like an expert driver handling a race car on a track.

ArcLight fall 2016 project update

November 3, 2016
by Mark A. Matienzo

The ArcLight project team would like to provide a brief update regarding our progress on the design process and and timeline for further work. ArcLight is intended be a Blacklight-based environment that supports discovery and digital delivery of information in archives. The project team is using a community-oriented, collaborative design process for ArcLight to engage more institutions earlier in the process. 

Geospatial discussions at Hydra Connect 2016

October 19, 2016
by Darren Hardy PhD

During Hydra Connect 2016 in Boston this October, we had several discussions around geospatial repository services. There was a half-day workshop and presentation on GeoConcerns -- part of the Hydra Geospatial Data Modeling Working Group chaired by Eliot Jordan; a panel discussion on sharing geospatial metadata; and a meeting of the Hydra Geospatial Interest Group.

Microscopy image by Juan G. Cueva and Miriam B. Goodman

SDR Deposit of the Week: Data on Exhibit

For nearly four years, the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) has been home to the research outputs of scientists and scholars from across Stanford’s campus. But while those data files, videos, source code, microscopy images, survey results, maps and more have been discoverable and accessible through the Libraries’ online catalog, SearchWorks, it has been hard to get an overview of all the available data. Until now.

Screen shot of an index map of an area in Japan. It shows an underlying map with rectangles overlayed, each of which represents a more detailed map of that area.

Index Maps in EarthWorks

September 27, 2016
by Elizabeth O Sadler

Index maps, a kind of finding aid for navigating large sets of maps geographically, are now available interactively via EarthWorks. The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) have been publishing digitized maps online for many years, and in the past two years georeferenced maps, along with geospatial data, satellite imagery, and aerial photographs have been made more easily discoverable via EarthWorks, but index maps have posed special challenges. Thanks to cooperation between the staff of the Stanford Geospatial Center and the EarthWorks development team in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS), these maps are now more easily discoverable and navigable.

Image of John Wayne paper based disc

An interdisciplinary solution to sound recording preservation

September 22, 2016
by Nathan Coy

Earlier this year the Stanford Media Preservation Lab and Conservation Lab were tasked with figuring out how to playback severely warped paper based disc sound recordings. The recordings in question are from a three disc set titled Man-Talk by Three Great Western Stars and each one-sided disc in the set features a single monologue by John Wayne, Bill Elliott, or Johnny Mack Brown.

Mark Matienzo

Mark Matienzo joining the Stanford Libraries

September 9, 2016
by Tom Cramer

We are pleased to announce that Mark Matienzo is joining  Stanford Libraries as of September 19, 2016 as our Collaboration & Interoperability Architect. Mark will be joining Stanford from DPLA (the Digital Public Library of America) where he currently serves as the Director of Technology. He has previously worked  as an archivist, a digital library software developer, and the technical architect for the ArchivesSpace project, at institutions including DPLA, the Yale University Library, and The New York Public Library.

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