Blog topic: Science

Mapping for Nepal earthquake response at Branner Library

In response to Friday’s powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Stanford volunteer “crisis mappers” are working with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap to assist in disaster relief by mapping Nepal’s road networks, buildings, and residential areas.

Anyone with a laptop and spare time can help responders on the ground. The Stanford Geospatial Center housed in the Branner Earth Sciences Library will be hosting ongoing Introductory Relief Mapping sessions all week to help train people to use OpenStreetMap, an open source and open data sharing tool adding information to relief effort maps. Drop-in volunteers are encouraged to join all day from 9am-9pm, Monday-Friday.

The first Introductory Relief Mapping session will be held Monday, April 17 from 6-7pm at the Branner Earth Sciences Library Teaching Corner, on the 2nd floor of the Mitchell Earth Science Building.

Salmon data in EarthWorks

Introducing EarthWorks, Stanford's new GIS data discovery application

Stanford University Libraries is happy to introduce EarthWorks, our new geospatial data discovery application. EarthWorks is a discovery tool for geospatial (a.k.a. GIS) data. It allows users to search and browse the GIS collections owned by Stanford University Libraries, as well as data collections from many other institutions. Data can be searched spatially, by manipulating a map; by keyword search; by selecting search limiting facets (e.g., limit to a given format type); or by combining these options.

Gear Up for Research Day, Monday April 6, 2015

March 31, 2015

The Science and Engineering Libraries and the Lane Medical Library have teamed up to create an event for graduate students, post-docs, and undergraduate researchers. Gear Up for Research Day on Monday, April 6 will have multiple activities including an information fair, lightning talks, demos, and publisher workshops.

Campus organizations and units attending the event include the Office of Research, Biosciences Grant Writing Academy, ICME C2 Consulting, the Stanford Geospatial Center and the Technical Communication Program.  External participants representing publishers and research tool vendors such as Mendeley, EndNote, JOVE, PeerJ, IEEE, Annual Reviews, Elsevier and Springer will also offer lightning talks and workshops.

SDR Deposit of the Week: Better processes for better chips

It only makes sense that if you were making solar cells or computer chips that you would choose the best materials for those tasks. It's a no-brainer, right? The problem is that the best materials might be very expensive to use. 

Such has been the case with gallium arsenide, but this may be changing.

Bruce Clemens and Garrett Hayes have developed a new way of making chips from gallium arsenide that brings down the cost considerably. They created a video that describes a new manufacturing process, and they have preserved that video in the Stanford Digital Repository for you to download and watch!

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Overleaf trial--feedback request

March 11, 2015

The Stanford University Libraries are hosting a one-year trial of Overleaf Pro for those who use LaTex for writing articles or dissertations and for those working on collaborative projects.  We would like your feedback on the Overleaf trial.  Are you using Overleaf?  Do you have suggestions for the Overleaf development team? Use this link to provide your comments.

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SDR Deposit of the Week: Reliability of Marine Structures

February 3, 2015
by Amy E. Hodge

Construction of marine facilities is an expensive endeavor, with platforms built in deep waters costing in the billions of dollars. That makes it important to do it right the first time. Research at the John A. Blume Center for Earthquake Engineering has helped to advance the offshore industry's knowledge of how to build these structures more reliably.

Student theses and research reports from visiting scholars in the Reliability of Marine Structures (RMS) Program are now preserved and available through the Stanford Digital Repository.

Fragment of Text of Canon Law dealing with statues in church

Eight new digital collections now available in SearchWorks

Eight new digital collections are now available in SearchWorks. These collections take advantage of SearchWorks' ability to provide users with rich discovery and access capabilities for finding and working with digital collection content.

Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th cent

Abstract: Primarily fragments, these specimens were acquired to demonstrate the development of writing in the western world. A variety of scripts are represented, from Carolingian minuscule to the humanistic hands and the "cancelleresca."

Collection contact: Benjamin Albritton

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Mendeley Workshops, January 27, 29, 30 in Huang 203

January 22, 2015

New to Mendeley? Want to know more about the Stanford Mendeley Group account features?  Have questions about how to streamline your workflow?  Interested in the integration with Overleaf for LaTeX projects?

Sign-up in Coursework or Drop-in for one of our Winter Quarter Mendeley workshops.  All students, faculty and staff welcome to attend.

•       Tuesday, January 27--12-1 Huang 203

•       Thursday, January 29--12-1 Huang 203

•       Friday, January 30--1-2 Huang 203

Bring your lunch, snacks provided.

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