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Monday, February 29, 2016

Sylvia Thompson (left), Estonian Ambassador to the US Eerik Marmei (center), and Michael Keller (right) during the presentation of awards ceremony.

Stanford-CA , This weekend, Eerik Marmei, Estonia’s Ambassador to the United States, bestowed Orders of the Cross of Terra Mariana to Sylvia K. Thompson, President of the Kistler-Ritso Foundation and a member of the Stanford Libraries Advisory Council and Michael A. Keller, University Librarian at Stanford University, on behalf of Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia. The ceremony took place at the annual Estonian Independence Day celebration in Sunnyvale, hosted by the local Estonian Society and bringing together more than 200 Estonians and friends of Estonia.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lockss logo

Communities using the LOCKSS Software have collaboratively passed an important milestone and are now preserving over 1000 “long tail” journal publishers, smaller publishers who have ten or fewer journals. Content from these publishers are most at-risk for loss, making preservation vital to guarantee future access to the material for research and teaching.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Chinese Graves screen shot

A faculty-led project developed by the Stanford Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) was recently featured in Stanford Report, which describes it thus: “...a digital humanities project led by Stanford historian Tom Mullaney is creating a map that illustrates the ongoing and multifaceted impact of funeral reform and grave relocation in China. In the last 15 years, grave relocation has been taking place in China on a massive scale. To date, some 15 million deceased people's remains have been moved.” CIDR developers David McClure and Karl Grossner, together with a small SUL team, have been working on the project with Professor Mullaney over the past 18 months, and Mullaney presented a synopsis of the project at the Stanford Libraries’ annual donor event in October, 2015.

Read Stanford scholar uses digital tools to track grave relocation in China.
See also the Libraries' project page: Grave Reform in China.

When We Are No More poster image

Today, we stand at the very edge of a vast, uncharted digital landscape, where our collective memory is stored in ephemeral bits and bytes and lives in air-conditioned server rooms. What sources will historians turn to in 100, let alone 1,000 years to understand our own time if all of our memory lives in digital codes that may no longer be decipherable?

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