Digital preservation https://library.stanford.edu/feeds/topic/301 en Research data lost to the sands of time https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2014/04/research-data-lost-sands-time <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>[Originally posted on <a href="http://freegovinfo.info/node/8521" target="_blank">Free Government Information blog</a>] Here's an interesting article, not on link rot (a topic <a href="http://freegovinfo.info/node/tag/link_rot" target="_blank">FGI has been tracking</a> for some time), but on <em><strong>*data rot*</strong></em>. In a recent article in <em>Current Biology</em>, researchers examined the availability of data from 516 studies between 2 and 22 years old. They found the following:</p> <ul><li>that the odds of a data set being reported as extant fell by 17% per year;</li> <li>Broken e-mails and obsolete storage devices were the main obstacles to data sharing</li> <li>Policies mandating data archiving at publication are clearly needed</li> </ul><p></div></div></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:15:12 +0000 jrjacobs 47677 at https://library.stanford.edu SDR Deposit of the Week: Micrographs that touch a nerve https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/04/sdr-deposit-week-micrographs-touch-nerve <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>You might not think of worms when someone mentions neuroscience, but it turns out the tiny, transparent worm <em>C. elegans</em> is a great organism for studying the senses. That's in part because researchers have previously mapped the locations and synaptic connections of each of the 302 neurons of these 1mm long creatures. </p> <p>More recently, researchers Juan Cueva and <a href="https://cap.stanford.edu/profiles/auth/frdActionServlet?choiceId=facProfile&amp;fid=3813&amp;hs_tab=profiles">Miriam Goodman</a> have performed studies using <em>C. elegans</em> to examine how certain touch receptor neurons are activated. They generated nearly 3300 electron micrographs of worm cross sections that have been preserved in the <a href="http://library.stanford.edu/sdr">Stanford Digital Repository</a> (SDR) and are now available for download and reuse by other researchers around the world (see below for links to the images).</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:37:14 +0000 amyhodge 47646 at https://library.stanford.edu New digital collections available in SearchWorks https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/03/new-digital-collections-available-searchworks <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p class="p1">Four new digital collections were added to SearchWorks via <a href="http://library.stanford.edu/research/stanford-digital-repository"><span class="s1">Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) online deposit</span></a> during the month of March. These collections take advantage of recently released functionality that provides researchers with new rich discovery and access capabilities for finding and working with digital collection content.</p> <p class="p1"> </div></div></div> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:44:00 +0000 lauraw15 47619 at https://library.stanford.edu SDR Deposit of the Week: New collection of theses in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/03/sdr-deposit-week-new-collection-theses-feminist-gender-and <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford has been around since 1981, but in 2013 the program officially changed its name to the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies in order to be more inclusive of the broader range of scholarship related to gender and sexuality research. For the history of this name change, please see the story in "<a href="http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2013/program-feminist-gender-and-sexuality-studies-enters-new-era">Gender News</a>". <span>Apropos of the name change, 2013 also marks the first year that the program's undergraduate honors theses have been archived as digital files in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).</span></p> </div></div></div> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:33:44 +0000 regirob 47609 at https://library.stanford.edu SDR Deposit of the Week: Data happy as a clam https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/03/sdr-deposit-week-data-happy-clam <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><span>"[T]he oceans have always belonged to the clams."</span></p> <p><span>At least from a metabolic perspective, according to Earth Sciences Professor <a href="https://pangea.stanford.edu/researchgroups/paleobiology/">Jonathan Payne</a> </span><span>and his co-authors. The researchers have just published an <a href="http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1783/20133122">article</a> in the <em>Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences</em> about the struggle for dominance between brachiopods and bivalves.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:28:31 +0000 amyhodge 47584 at https://library.stanford.edu SDR Deposit of the Week: 4chan forum archives https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/01/sdr-deposit-week-4chan-forum-archives <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>The free-for-all, anything-goes nature of anonymous posting to discussions boards is a defining feature of Internet subculture, and arguably nowhere has this practice been more vigorous or virulent than on <a title="4chan" href="http://www.4chan.org">4Chan</a>.  </span>Now those notorious anonymous posts are <a title="4chan forum archive in SDR" href="http://purl.stanford.edu/tf565pz4260">available from the SDR</a>. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </div></div></div> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:16:16 +0000 hfrost 47154 at https://library.stanford.edu How accessible are our media collections? https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2014/01/how-accessible-are-our-media-collections <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>During the fall of 2013, Stanford University Libraries (SUL) convened a working group to investigate the current state of access to audio and moving image materials held within its various collections, notably rare materials within its different special collections departments, along with those held at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. </p> <p>Following many weeks of investigation, the Media Access Working Group (MAWG) produced a report in December 2013 outlining its findings, along with various recommendations to help tackle the issues discovered. The group considered issues relating to use cases, copyright status, available technologies - including media streaming, and content usage. </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:20:00 +0000 jmanton 47129 at https://library.stanford.edu Additional University Archives films added to the Internet Archive https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/01/additional-university-archives-films-added-internet-archive <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Stanford University Library's (SUL) collaboration with the <a href="https://archive.org/details/californialightandsound">California Audiovisual Preservation Project</a> (CAVPP) has yielded two more preserved objects on the Internet Archive: </p> <p></div></div></div> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:18:10 +0000 gwillard 47116 at https://library.stanford.edu Celebrating 50 years of the Stanford Mendicants at the Archive of Recorded Sound https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2013/10/celebrating-50-years-stanford-mendicants-archive-recorded <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p class="p1">Ahead of their <a title="Mendicants 50th Anniversary Show" href="http://live.stanford.edu/event.php?code=MEND" target="_self">50th anniversary show</a> this Saturday (October 26th) at the Bing Concert Hall, I am very pleased to announce the successful recent completion of a 6 month project aimed at archiving and digitally preserving the <a title="Stanford Mendicants website" href="http://www.stanfordmendicants.com/" target="_self">Stanford Mendicants</a>' complete recorded output between 1964-2012.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:10:50 +0000 jmanton 46837 at https://library.stanford.edu SDR Deposit of the Week: Ordinary images in the service of extraordinary possibilities https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2013/10/sdr-deposit-week-ordinary-images-service-extraordinary <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Some of the items most recently deposited to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) include thousands of images that are nothing short of, well, ordinary. </span><span>For instance, in the <a title="Names 100 Dataset" href="http://purl.stanford.edu/tp945cq9122">Names 100 Dataset</a></span><span>, you can download a folder containing 80,000 small images depicting the faces of ordinary people. <a title="San Francisco Landmark Dataset" href="http://purl.stanford.edu/vn158kj2087">In another case</a>, there are millions of snapshots of San Francisco street scenes and buildings. Each image is notable for its lack of distinction. </span><span> </span><span>It’s as if anyone could have captured these images using their smartphone. And that is precisely the point.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:54:57 +0000 hfrost 46829 at https://library.stanford.edu