Blog topic: Science

Bird Rock weather station

SDR Deposit of the Week: Get wind of this weather data

January 26, 2015
by Amy E. Hodge

Weather is often a hot topic for discussion (no pun intended!), even here in the usually moderate Bay Area where thoughts on the current drought are frequently proffered. But our discussions of the weather would be baseless if it weren't for weather data and our ability to track weather changes over time.

Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove has been tracking the weather in their neck of the woods for years. Detailed data from this weather monitoring project is now available online via the Stanford Digital Repository in the Hopkins Marine Station collection.

Cambridge Structural Database - 2015 version is now available at Stanford

January 16, 2015

Cambridge Structural Database - Annual GrowthEstablished in 1965, the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. Containing the results of over half-a-million x-ray and neutron diffraction analyses this unique database of accurate 3D structures has become an essential resource to scientists around the world.  

The 2015 version of the Cambridge Structural Database System has been released, providing access to over 700,000 curated structures.

Overleaf/WriteLaTex: trial access for one year (Jan-Dec 2015)

January 14, 2015

Overleaf logoOverleaf is a new collaborative writing and publishing system developed by the team behind the popular WriteLaTeX editor. Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing scientific papers much quicker for both authors and publishers. Overleaf/WriteLaTeX can also be linked to your Mendeley account for quick import of your Mendeley reference library.

The Stanford University Libraries are sponsoring a one year free trial of Overleaf/WriteLaTeX for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.

Happy Anniversary SDR!

December 13 is a momentous date in the history of the Stanford Digital Repository. It's the date in 2012 when the very first research data item was deposited in the SDR through our online deposit application. Which makes Dec. 13, 2014, the second anniversary of this historic occasion!

Who was our first depositor, how did he find us, and what did he deposit? 

At the 50th-anniverary celebration of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Kevin Lohner, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, showed onlookers a “hybrid” rocket engine demonstration unit in action.

Improving Hybrid Rocket Fuels at Stanford

November 6, 2014

Prof. Brian Cantwell has a new IEEE Spectrum feature article reporting on the work of Stanford University researchers who are improving hybrid rockets.  These hybrids are designed to deliver a huge amount of thrust while avoiding the most dangerous drawback of liquid-fueled and solid-propellant rockets—uncontrolled combustion and explosion.

Read the full article in IEEE Spectrum.

Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle

Space travel, reusable rockets and unmanned aircraft

October 13, 2014

Are you interested in working for or developing products in the aerospace industry?  Want to research the latest information on small satellites or reusable rockets? Want to know about Europe’s Clean Sky research program? Have you booked your trip to the moon? 

'The Dish (HDR)' by Flickr user whsieh78 under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Web Observatory briefing and workshop

October 9, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Stanford University Libraries hosted Dame Wendy Hall, Jim Hendler, and other web scientists affiliated with the Web Science Trust for a briefing on the Web Observatory initiative and a follow-on workshop organized by Lisa Green from Common Crawl. The notion of a Web Observatory implies a center proferring scientific instruments, but for the analysis of web data rather than natural phenomena. Indeed, the group's vision is that Web Observatories provide access to web datasets, projects, and tools. Eventually, a network of Web Observatories might offer both an interoperable architecture and distributed infrastructures for sharing and analysis of web datasets. The initiative touches on several areas of interest and investment by Stanford University Libraries, including data curation, web archiving, and supporting social science research.

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