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December 13 is a momentous date in the history of the Stanford Digital Repository. It's the date in 2012 when the very first research data item was deposited in the SDR through our online deposit application. Which makes Dec. 13, 2014, the second anniversary of this historic occasion!

Who was our first depositor, how did he find us, and what did he deposit? 

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The new beta platform for the Springer Materials database of fully-evaluated physical property data is now available.

At the 50th-anniverary celebration of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Kevin Lohner, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, showed onlookers a “hybrid” rocket engine demonstration unit in action.

Prof. Brian Cantwell has a new IEEE Spectrum feature article reporting on the work of Stanford University researchers who are improving hybrid rockets.  These hybrids are designed to deliver a huge amount of thrust while avoiding the most dangerous drawback of liquid-fueled and solid-propellant rockets—uncontrolled combustion and explosion.

Read the full article in IEEE Spectrum.

A new and exciting addition to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) is the data behind the City Nature project. This innovative project combines methodologies from the digital humanities and spatial analysis fields to explore urban nature. Project PIs are Jon Christensen and Michael Kahan with development work by both Karl Grossner and Elijah Meeks.

Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle

Are you interested in working for or developing products in the aerospace industry?  Want to research the latest information on small satellites or reusable rockets? Want to know about Europe’s Clean Sky research program? Have you booked your trip to the moon? 

The Stanford libraries subscribe to a suite of research tools that can help you plan for your future in the aviation or space industry. Newspace Global tracks the leading companies and reports on the growing marketing for reusable rockets, small satellites and space vehicles.  IHS Janes is the go to source in the aerospace industry for the specifications and details on the latest aircraft and avionics systems.  Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) includes all issues of Aviation Week & Space technology from 1997 to the present plus downloadable spreadsheets on aviation manufacturers, suppliers, and the airline industry world-wide. As part of our subscription to AWIN, Stanford students can download and install a Zino version of the current issue of Aviation Week and Space Technology to a smart phone or tablet. Need more sources of information such as standards, articles, and books?  Review the Terman Engineering Library topic guide for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

'The Dish (HDR)' (under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A couple of weeks ago, Stanford University Libraries hosted Dame Wendy Hall, Jim Hendler, and other web scientists affiliated with the Web Science Trust for a briefing on the Web Observatory initiative and a follow-on workshop organized by Lisa Green from Common Crawl. The notion of a Web Observatory implies a center proferring scientific instruments, but for the analysis of web data rather than natural phenomena. Indeed, the group's vision is that Web Observatories provide access to web datasets, projects, and tools. Eventually, a network of Web Observatories might offer both an interoperable architecture and distributed infrastructures for sharing and analysis of web datasets. The initiative touches on several areas of interest and investment by Stanford University Libraries, including data curation, web archiving, and supporting social science research.

Stanford Solar Decathalon House, 2014

Is your passion sustainability and green buildings? Need information on new materials and green products for buildings and landscaping?  The Stanford Libraries subscribe to the BuildingGreen Suite which includes access to current articles, product specifications, case studies and LEED resources. Also included in this resource is the full-text current issue and archive of Environmental Building News (EBN).  You can also download articles from EBN to your tablet or smartphone.

Additional resources on green buildings are included in the Green Building topic guide.

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Interested in balancing your portfolio or partnering with companies that have a “greener” footprint? It isn't just about carbon or fossil fuels; it's also about water, land use, waste and pollutants. It's about which raw materials are used and where they are sourced, from energy and water to metals, minerals and agricultural products.  And it's about how those materials are extracted, processed and distributed. 

The Stanford Libraries provide access to the Trucost academic research portal for faculty, students and staff. The Trucost academic research portal provides access to time–series data on over 4,800 global companies to help you analyze companies and industries based on the natural resources used and environmental impacts across company operations, product lifecycles and supply chains.  Additional information for researchers is also available on the Trucost website.

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