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Dates set for relocation of SUL’s Manuscripts Unit

November 7, 2013
by Glynn Edwards

The relocation for the Manuscripts Technical Unit is quickly approaching. After a few small delays, the dates have been set and our staff and collections will be moving the week of December 2nd immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday. Currently the room looks very large and very empty but the shelving (approx. 3,000 feet) will be installed over the next two weeks.

Victor - Victrola - Credenza (1925)

Inaugural listening party at the Archive of Recorded Sound

The Archive of Recorded Sound recently held its first ever listening party on October 17th. We were thrilled to welcome over 40 attendees to the event here at the Archive, who were invited to flick through multiple boxes of duplicate 78rpm records, dating from approximately 1900-1940, to select those they would like to hear played on our 1925 Victrola Credenza, just one example from our magnificent phonograph collection here at the Archive which dates from 1904-1930. More details about this collection, including images and demonstration videos, are now available on our website

Image of Retrode

How to Extract Forensically Viable Data from Game Cartridges

November 5, 2013
by Michael G Olson

Forging collaborative partnerships with like-minded institutions can often yield unexpected and gratifying results. Stanford’s work with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) on the Cabrinety Project is entering its second year, and recently one member of the NIST team discovered an important solution to a complex problem – how to extract forensically viable data from game cartridges.

xSearch test version - Please provide feedback

October 25, 2013
by Grace Baysinger

xSearch enables Stanford students and researchers to search multiple resources at one time.  The 250+ resources in xSearch include abstracts and indexes, full-text ejournal and ebook sites, patents, technical reports, reference materials, plus more.  In September 2013, a test version with an new interface and more content became available.  Check it out and let us know what you think.  Go to xSearch-test

DRAFT of wire frame for ePADD program.

ePADD - NHPRC Innovation Grant underway

October 23, 2013
by Glynn Edwards

SUL’s Special Collections received an Innovation Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop a software program (ePADD) for processing and making email archives discoverable. The end goal is to produce an open-source tool that will allow repositories and individuals to interact with email archives before and after they have been transferred to a repository. It would consist of four modules, each based on a different functional activity: Processing (arrangement and description), Appraisal (collection development), Discovery (online via the web), and Delivery (access).  

The project website was launched in August 2013 and lists: project goals, work plan, team, and collaborators. A twitter feed for the project was just launched although project updates and news will primarily be posted iSpecial Collections Unbound.  

San Francisco street scene

SDR Deposit of the Week: Ordinary images in the service of extraordinary possibilities

Some of the items most recently deposited to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) include thousands of images that are nothing short of, well, ordinary. For instance, in the Names 100 Dataset, you can download a folder containing 80,000 small images depicting the faces of ordinary people. In another case, there are millions of snapshots of San Francisco street scenes and buildings. Each image is notable for its lack of distinction.  It’s as if anyone could have captured these images using their smartphone. And that is precisely the point.

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