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Gear Up for Research

Gear Up for Research Computing

Are you using computing in your research?  Do you have questions about Stanford's complex array of computing resources?  Join Stanford Libraries and the Stanford Research Computing Center for our annual Gear Up for Research event:

Gear Up for Research Computing

Tuesday, February 26, 9:45 am to 2:45 pm

Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building

Register at: https://library.stanford.edu/projects/gear-research/winter-2019

Androids, Automata, Avatars, and Agency

January 30, 2019
by Catherine Nicole Coleman

On Tuesday, February 5, in the Bender Room at Green Library, Jessica Riskin and Oussama Khatib will join Nicole Coleman in conversation about robotics past and future. Both have been thinking deeply about artificial life and artificial intelligence throughout their careers. While Khatib has been building robots and breaking new ground in human-robot collaboration, Riskin’s work explores the way that early automatons influenced the mechanistic view of mind and body, evolution and inheritance, and how our relationship to machines continues to influence our thinking today about whether human beings have agency in shaping their destiny.

students attending the workshop

Learners give high marks to coding skills workshop

January 28, 2019
by Amy E. Hodge

Last week, Stanford Libraries hosted our 10th two-day Carpentries workshop (I think -- I'm starting to lose count!). These workshops are designed to teach foundational coding and data science skills to graduate students, post-docs, research staff -- really, anyone on Stanford's campus who is doing research and needs to develop computational skills to help them get their tasks done more efficiently and less painfully. 

This workshop focused on the open source tools of shell, Git, and R, and focused on tasks like automation, version control, and modular programming. We had a fabulous all-female instructor team that included the Libraries' Claudia Engel, Mary-Ellen Petrich from LOCKSS, and Melissa Ko, lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. Our instructors were assisted by helpers John Borghi, Max Czapanskiy, Edgar Vivanco, and Amy Hodge.

The Carpentries (and the Libraries, for that matter) are very interested in assessment so that we can check how good a job we're doing. Fourteen of the nineteen attendees at our workshop filled out our survey at the end of the event, and here's what they had to say:

Pat Devaney, Susan Schofield, Jan Thomson

Susan W. Schofield receives inaugural oral history award

December 21, 2018
by Daniel Hartwig

Susan Ward Schofield, ’66, an accomplished oral historian and a chief force in the revitalization and growth of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program since 2006, is the recipient of the inaugural Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award for excellence in the practice of oral history.

National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds December 2018 meeting

December 20, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held their final meeting of the year on December 6, 2018 via teleconference.  The full report of the meeting is available on the NGAC website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

Turkey in Europe

Antiquarian Maps Collection gets a new home

December 20, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Long before we had the David Rumsey Map Center, the Stanford Libraries held the Antiquarian Maps Collection in Special Collections.  This collection of maps dates from 1493 to 1962 and was processed over many years by Margaret Sowers.  This collection of over 5,000 maps had a finding aid in the Online Archive of California with the maps paged to the Field Room.  This all changed over the course of this fall when all of the items were transferred to the David Rumsey Map Center.  For perhaps the first time, we have carried out a complete inventory of the collection.  The map

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