Blog topic: Digital preservation

Russell and Sigurd Varian audiorecordings added to the Internet Archive

September 14, 2017
by Jenny Johnson

The Stanford University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of 19 audiorecordings from the Russell and Sigurd Varian Papers. This digitization is a result of our most recent round of collaboration with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). The CAVPP assists repositories by coordinating and funding digitization of materials deemed to be of “statewide significance” and at risk of loss due to physical condition and format obsolescence.

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2000+ audio cassettes from Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming from SearchWorks

July 18, 2017
by Geoff Willard

Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield's recent post about "Howl" going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date from the 1970s to 1990s.

Stanford Open Policing Project Website

SDR deposit of the week: the Stanford Open Policing Project

On June 19th 2017, the Stanford Open Policing Project launched its website to provide access to the data collected about police stops around the country and to provide information about research that this data is driving. Stanford Libraries is pleased to be a partner in the long-term preservation of this data, which has been deposited into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

Neighborhoods, Baghdad, 2010

Baghdad City data now available through EarthWorks

June 12, 2017
by Kimberly A Durante

Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with Stanford University can now find and access GIS vector shapefile data for Baghdad, Iraq using the EarthWorks discovery platform.

Created by LeadDog Consulting, this collection contains layers representing city streets, land use, points of interest, bodies of water, airports, neighborhoods, and railroads from 2010.

Bodrell Joer'dan Smith and Associates

Brochure of 1960s architecture by Bodrell Joer'dan Smith, shared in honor of Father's Day

June 9, 2017
by Astrid Johannah Smith

In honor of Father’s Day, it is a pleasure to share a very special object of personal significance that was recently donated to the Stanford Libraries in digital form. The item is a small “promotional brochure for an architecture firm based in Los Angeles in the 1960s with a list of their projects including drawings, maps, and photographs both of buildings and architectural models,” as described by rare book cataloger Ann Myers. The architect—my father—was Bodrell Joer’dan Smith, and this pamphlet both promoted and celebrated the accomplishments of his early career.

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Changing LOCKSS

March 22, 2017
by Nicholas Taylor

You may already know the story of LOCKSS’ beginnings (PDF).

On a fall day in 1999, a hike in the woods became the backdrop for a spontaneous problem-solving session on the preservation gap affecting online journals. The hikers, an electronic serials librarian (Vicky Reich) and a computer scientist (David Rosenthal), sketched out a plan to replicate the incidentally distributed, redundant architecture by which print journals had been preserved, in a digital system. They brought the proposal to the Stanford University Librarian, Michael Keller, who famously blessed the project with the admonition, “don’t cost me any money; don’t get me into trouble; do what you want.”

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