Product briefings

Product briefings are 30 minute presentations and demos on research tools available at Stanford. The product briefings are held in Huang 304 or 306.

Room 304

Green Pocketbook

Neelam Vaidya CEO and Rahul Vaidya CTO, VerdisChem, Inc.

Green Pocketbook provides critical data for R&D, safety, and education by providing toxicity information in the form of ecological, health and safety scores for individual chemicals. This demo will include an overview of features and how Green Pocketbook could be used for R&D, lab-safety and education.

Data Vis for Materials Properties from AccessEngineering

Vincent Pizzoli, Digital Platform trainer, AccessEngineering

Data Vis covers 200 materials and 65 properties, including cost, this new interactive tool allows for comparisons within each property and across classifications.  Easy to use interface includes simple search, single property material visualization, scatterplots comparing two properties and the ability to evaluate up to five properties simultaneously.

Phoenix Bioinformatics: BioCyc and TAIR

Donghui Li, Scientific Curator, Phoenix Bioinformatics

Join Donghui to learn about two data resources BioCyc, genome and metabolic pathway information for over 9,000 microbes and TAIR, online database of genetic and molecular biology data for Arabidopsis thaliana. Both data resources are critical to solving big scientific problems and are organized, integrated, discoverable and available from Phoenix Bioinformatics.

Compendex/Engineering Village - Better Research Productivity and Outcomes

Sally Fell, Product Manager Engineering Village

Compendex is the essential engineering literature database. This session that will focus on streamlining your research process with new tools and content including numerical searching, a powerful tool for better research results and access to Knovel technical handbooks within Engineering Village.

Taking the search out of discovery

Ruth Pickering, Yewno
Learn about Next Generation Search and how Yewno is using the latest techniques in computational linguistics, graph theory and machine learning to recreate an intuitive way to find connections across multi-disciplinary information sources.  Yewno is currently in beta at Stanford.

XSearch: query multiple databases at one time

Grace Baysinger, Stanford University Libraries
xSearch includes 350+ databases. Create alerts to keep current.

Room 306

Local data for community projects from San Mateo County Open Data

 John Ridner, San Mateo County’s Open Data Community Liaison

Join John to find out how to access the County’s data, get involved in data-driven community projects, and more. San Mateo County’s Open Data Portal ( provides over 500 datasets.

Explore and analyze data with SimplyMap

Justin Lehrer, Director of Product Management for Geographic Research
Join Justin for a live demo of SimplyMap, a powerful demographics, business analytics and data visualization tool for non-technical users. This session will show you how to create custom maps, rankings, reports, and business lists and provide tips to help you find, map and analyze data. At 3pm Justin will also demo SimplyMap at the HIVE on the scientific visualization wall that is 10 feet tall, 24 feet wide with 13440X5400 resolution.

Geofacets: new information tool for geoscientists

Kimberly Pierce, Geofacets

Geofacets offers over 1.5 million maps, figures and tables sourced from scientific publications covering a wide spectrum of geoscience disciplines. Learn how to access this information and data with advanced search targeting and integration capabilities, as well as how to pull information and data into ArcGIS, and other software.

Find funding using PIVOT

Andrea Sevetson, Customer Experience Training, ProQuest

Learn how to use PIVOT to find funding opportunities, travel grants, junior research awards and more.  Set up alerts to be notified when new funding opportunities that meet your criteria are added to the database.

Tableau for interactive data visualizations

Dawn Furseth, Tableau

Tableau helps people see and understand data. Explore with limitless visual analytics, then share your work and enable anyone to transform data into actionable insights. Learn how to get Tableau for free through the Academic Programs.This session is designed for all audiences and skill levels.

Mendeley and Overleaf: collaborate with your team

Doug Feldner, Mendeley and Shelly Miller, Overleaf

Learn about the latest integration between Overleaf and Mendeley. Your private groups and libraries of articles in Mendeley can be easily integrated into your Overleaf projects.