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unmediated, sheet
1 map : color ; 345 x 504 cm
Japan, 1837
Place of publication not given : : Publisher not given,, 1837
Scale 1:21,600.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License

By Deardra Fuzzell and Wayne Vanderkuil
A historic manuscript map and a gem of the Stanford Library Map Collection, the Ōmi Kuni-ezu 近江國絵圖 Japanese Tax Map from 1837 is hand drawn and painted in the round. This map is designed to be displayed on the floor with the viewer standing in its center. From this central vantage point, the map may be read with ease from any direction. As this display and viewing method is no longer possible for a map fast approaching its 200th birthday, Stanford has recently digitized this item to enable access for research, teaching and learning as well as preservation of the original object.

This the largest and most difficult oversized map Stanford has digitized thus far.
See how the Map Program went about imaging this unique item.

Screenshot of embed code from SUL's latest embed viewer

The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) PURL pages have a new look and loads of new, compelling functionality. If you deposit content to the SDR, or if you write about content in the SDR, or if you help users of SUL's digital collections, then you will definitely want to read on!

Graduation cap

Use of the Stanford Digital Repository for archiving student honors theses continues to grow. At the end of the spring 2015 quarter, a total of 141 new items were deposited by students in 10 collections. Over the summer, these items were systematically indexed to SearchWorks and are now available for discovery and access. Some of the first users of this content in fact are the Stanford Class of 2016 honors students who are just now starting to plan their own theses projects to be deposited next spring. The seniors refer to the previously deposited works to familiarize themselves with the finished published product, the deposit process, and key issues to consider, such as licensing and embargo.

Rock fractures

Faculty retire, projects end, and the outputs of important research languish on forgotten hard drives and servers. It happens all the time. But retiring Professors Atilla Aydin and David Pollard wanted to be sure it didn't happen to them. For 25 years they co-directed the Stanford Rock Fracture Project (RFP) in the Geology and Environmental Sciences Department, but they were concerned about the long-term availability of the research outputs of that project once they retired. 

Until they found out about the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

Tip jar

Check out these 5 tips from the trenches on writing a great data management plan (DMP) for your next research grant proposal. These tips are based on feedback given about real-life data mangement plans! Find out more about data management plans from our web site.

New Resources in Branner Library

Following is a listing of new print and e-books recently added to the Branner Earth Sciences Library.

  1. Robert F. Austin, David P. DiSera, Talbot J. Brooks. 2016

  2. John R. Jensen (University of South Carolina). 2016

  3. Kathryn Keranen, Robert Kolvoord. 2016

  4. Noel P. James (Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada,, Brian Jones (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3, Canada, 2016