Blog topic: Digital library

Introducing Mirador 3: The next generation image comparison viewer

We are proud to announce the completion of the first phase of development of Mirador 3.  For fourteen weeks between January and April, a team consisting of contributors from four institutions across the US and Europe rebuilt Mirador anew.  Following a comprehensive year-long design process led by Jennifer Vine and Gary Geisler, a dedicated team of engineers from Stanford University, Universität Leipzig, Princeton University and Harvard University followed an agile software development process and produced a feature-rich alpha version that is ready for testing and ongoing development.  

Arriving at the 2019 Authenticity Project – introducing fellow Raquel Donahue

April 29, 2019
by Catherine A. Aster

When Cathy Aster, Product and Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) at Stanford University asked if I’d like to do some guest blogging for Stanford Libraries, I was surprised and grateful. As a 2019 Cohort Fellow in the joint, IMLS-funded Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digital Library Federation (CLIR/DLF) + HBCU Library Alliance Authenticity Project

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Spotlight on the transcontinental railroad

The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.

Warhol, AI, and the Idea of the Archive

AI and the Andy Warhol Photography Archive. Contact sheets as big data.

Monday, March 4, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 in the Bender Room at Green Library, Peggy Phelan and Maneesh Agrawala will join the library's digital research architect, Nicole Coleman to discuss the
Andy Warhol Photography Archive, Contact Sheets: 1976 - 1987 and how technology is changing our relationship with media.

Androids, Automata, Avatars, and Agency

January 30, 2019
by Catherine Nicole Coleman

On Tuesday, February 5, in the Bender Room at Green Library, Jessica Riskin and Oussama Khatib will join Nicole Coleman in conversation about robotics past and future. Both have been thinking deeply about artificial life and artificial intelligence throughout their careers. While Khatib has been building robots and breaking new ground in human-robot collaboration, Riskin’s work explores the way that early automatons influenced the mechanistic view of mind and body, evolution and inheritance, and how our relationship to machines continues to influence our thinking today about whether human beings have agency in shaping their destiny.

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SDR Deposit of the Month: Dissertation on AI breakthrough makes leaderboard

Occasionally I review the analytics for content published via the Stanford Digital Repository to see what is currently trending. Upon returning to my Lathrop desk in January after the recent winter break, I checked in and discovered that a dissertation submitted last month by student Danqi Chen had enjoyed a whopping 2,736 pageviews in just four weeks since it was published on December 11, 2018. That is an extraordinarily impressive number!

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