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Blog topic: Science

 A scientist in the Dekas lab enters information into a lab notebook.

Ten tips to better data while you shelter in place

April 22, 2020
by Amy E. Hodge

Science can be hard on even the best of days. I remember. But when you can't get to your lab, it's much more challenging to be productive. I've assembled 10 tips on ways you can be productive and help the future you do better, more efficient science once you're able to get back to the lab.

Pick one tip from the list below that seems the most doable or the most critical for your work and get started on it this week. When you have that under control, move on to another!  

ANSI

ANSI releases select standards for COVID-19 support (UPDATED)

Several librarians across the United States have been petitioning ISO and ANSI to release or open up access to several critical standards in the response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANSI has announced a portal that contains several of these important standards, including standards for the fabrication of ventilators and standards for incident management response, released to the public. At this time, 31 of these ISO standards have been released, and you can access them by visiting the following links.

Consulting an instructor, image by Amy Hodge CC BY 2.0

Virtual R support this quarter

April 2, 2020
by Claudia A. Engel

Below are some ways for you to stay connected and get help with R this quarter.

Virtual R Lab

Starting next week (April 8) the weekly R Lab will be online. This is a collaborative space to get started with R, to troubleshoot and connect.
Time: Wednesdays 2-4pm from April 8 to May 27
Location: Zoom link

Technical reports

Databases of the week: let's get technical with tech reports

February 4, 2020
by Zac Painter

Technical reports are a form of the “grey literature” which is extremely important for researchers in a variety of fields. While most technical reports aren’t strictly “academic work”, they often contain valuable information for researchers. Finding technical reports can be tricky, and there are no real standards for how they can be accessed. Nonetheless, we have a few suggestions for you!

Crocodylus suchus (West African Crocodile), Ghana

SDR Deposit of the Month: Crocodile constraints

Lots of interesting research is deposited into the Stanford Digital Repository every month, but when the research is about crocodiles, you know we have to know more!

While there are at least 26 species of crocodiles around today, many more forms of crocodiles have existed over the past 250 million years. Extinct crocodiles include those that were both much larger and much smaller than those living today. 

Software news: Cambridge structural database (CSD) 2020 release available

January 17, 2020
by Grace Baysinger

Established in 1965 by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures.

We have a campus-wide site license for CSD Enterprise which includes ALL CSD software and ALL application data.  Access to CSD software is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. You must have the activation key and the license customer ID before you are able to download the software.  To request an activation key, please see: https://library.stanford.edu/science/software/cambridge-structural-database

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