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Special Collections & University Archives

Current projects

GAme MEtadata and CItation Project (GAMECIP) – IMLS-funded collaboration with UCSC

GAMECIP is a three-year IMLS-funded joint initiative between the UCSC Library, UCSC Computer Science, and Stanford University Library to improve library and institutional practice for computer games. Current project progress will be reflected in this webspace. 

Stanford is leading the descriptive metadata development track based on a case set of titles from institutional game collections chosen in consultation with game researchers at UCSC.  Metadata experts at Stanford and UCSC libraries will collaborate on a functional terminology and ontology for digital games to populate this metadata framework. Currently we are working on: 

  • Metadata schema for cataloging games
  • Linked data exploration for controlled vocabularies of computer hardware and platforms

Road & Track Magazine Records - processing project (2014-2016)

Road & Track (often abbreviated R&T) was founded by two friends, Wilfred H. Brehaut, Jr. and Joseph S. Fennessy, in 1947, in Hempstead, New York. Published only six times from 1947 to 1949, it struggled in its early years. By 1952, regular contributor and editor John Bond had become the owner of the magazine, which then grew until its sale to CBS Publications in 1972. In 1988, Hachette Filipacchi Media took ownership of the magazine. In October 2008, Matt DeLorenzo became Editor-in-Chief, succeeding Thos L. Bryant, who had been in place for 20 years. Hearst Magazines purchased the magazine in 2011. In June 2012, Larry Webster assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief, and DeLorenzo became an adviser to the publication. [Wikipedia, 2013 Apr. 16]

Primarily subject files, also called "general manufacturer files, " consisting of a single ordered run of file folders arranged alphabetically by make and model of vehicle, then chronologically. Also included are documents pertaining to the Bond family and the 1499 Monrovia building (1-2 boxes). The gift included periodicals and circa 2,000 books which are cataloged separately (Road & Track Library).

This is a two-year project, which is expected to end August 2016. The processing staff are: David Krah, Kendra Tsai, and Gurudarshan Khalsa. The collection is partionally open while being processed.

Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection - software project with NIST

The Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The project, which will end on Aug. 31, 2014, will be dedicated to the creation of basic metadata for the 15,000 software titles in the Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of Microcomputing, managing the logistic of cross continent shipments of software to the NIST for creating forensic images, quality checks and eventual deposit into the SDR. The project is underway and several shipments have been received at NIST already. Preservation of the Cabrinety Collection and its addition to the NSRL hash dataset will provide significant contributions to law enforcement and towards the preservation of software history. In addition, this project will contribute valuable information for future software preservation activities. See full library press release. Also, related interview with Henry Lowood on software preservation

Gordon Moore Papers processing project (2014-2016)

Gordon Moore is the well-known co-founder of technology giant Intel Corporation and the proponent of Moore’s Law (predicting the doubling of silicon-chip processing power and the halving of chip cost every two years). Moore once worked with Nobel-laureate William Shockley and Robert Noyce, who, with Moore was part of the “Traitorous Eight” who left Shockley Semiconductor to start Fairchild Semiconductor. Moore and Noyce then left Fairchild to start Intel Corporation, which is now a Fortune 100 company.

The Gordon Moore archive consists of traditional papers and digital surrogates including lab notebooks, manuscripts, electronic files, photographic, and audio-visual materials. These items primarily document Moore’s work at Intel. The archival team of Penny Ahlstrand and Gurudarshan Khalsa will process this hybrid collection with special regard to confidential material and be responsible for recommending access and delivery strategies with consideration to any privacy/copyright issues. Stanford is working with Gordon Moore, Intel and colleagues at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to provide the fullest access possible to the collection by February 2015.

This project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The collection is closed until processing is complete.