September 21st, 2011
Long hidden behind journal articles and under thousands of lines of processing code, data have finally been getting their day in the sun. Long recognized as an important resource to centralize in the social sciences (Happy 50th Birthday ICPSR!), discussions about the new roles and possibilities for data in modern research have been going on at high levels for years. However, it has been only recently that data issues have been recognized by individual researchers and even the broader public.
The holders of the research funding purse strings have been showing more and more interest in the bits and bytes of data as well. Since the NSF announced the requirement of a Data Management Plan submission with every proposal to the agency on January 18, 2011, funders have been quickly re-writing policies and upping the ante on researchers. Soon after the NSF policy was implemented, the directorates themselves added more specific requirements on to the general guidelines. For instance the Ocean Sciences division of GEO states that, data must be submitted to an approved repository “no later than 2 years after the data are collected.” Rumors are swirling that NOAA will soon be trumping even this tight timeline by requiring “all environmental data created using NOAA grant funding must be shared no later than 90 days after the end date of the project (at the same time the final project report is due).”
The trend at this point seems clear - labs will be under more and more pressure to share and preserve their data, and standardize their documentation. The Stanford University Libraries are in the early stages of growing a Data Services program on campus….How can we help you?
September 16th, 2010
Earth sciences librarians have been chatting lately about good resources in geology for non-majors. There may be something here of interest to you earth scientists as well.
* The Roadside Geology series. This series is a good introduction on a state by state basis. Great to take along as you drive as the information is arranged by the roads throughout the state.
* The University of Texas at Austin has a great site highlighting virtual geologic field trip guides.
* If you’re interested in national parks, these two books will be of interest, both available at Branner: Parks and Plates: the Geology of our National Parks, Monuments and Seashores and Geology of U.S. Parklands.
September 29th, 2009
Welcome to the 2009-2010 school year. Information about new materials, changes in access and interfaces, and budget cuts appears in the
September 22nd, 2008
Welcome to the 2008/2009 school year! We’ve been busy at the library over the summer working on access to new digital content, loading digital book content into Socrates, and expanding the map and GIS collections. You can find out more about these changes by reading the fall newsletter.
August 15th, 2008
Stanford affiliates now have access to the California Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from 1867-1970. These maps provide a unique view of the history of California’s cities and towns show urban growth, changes in ownership, building use, and materials.
May 22nd, 2008
The Urban & Environmental Footprint 2050 Project at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) at UC, Berkeley have constructed a GIS toolkit consisting of a series of ESRI shapefiles and grids describing, “many of the physical, administrative, transportation, demographic, economic, land use and land cover, and environmental characteristics of the 48 contiguous United States.” The data were pulled together by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and and the IURD. Layers include boundary files, census block files and attributes, transportation networks, major employment center information, measures of job accessibility, boundaries of federal lands, elevation and slope data, location of water bodies, and location of wetlands. The data are free and can be used for any purpose with attribution. A great new, free resource!
January 9th, 2008
The AGU Digital Library is here!
Socrates records will be updated soon to reflect the new electronic content, but right now, the best way to access the articles is by clicking on individual journal titles from the AGU contents page. Full articles are available as pdfs. The AGU search engine covers 1988-present currently, but will allow you to search for content back to 1896 soon.
Let us know if you have any questions.
November 8th, 2007
Read them electronically.
Branner has many e-books for you to peruse.
Visit this page to see what we have and what’s on the way.
October 17th, 2007
On a related task, we were trying to figure out what’s going on with the record for the microfilm version of the Phosphate Rocks of Arkansas (everyone talks about the future of print, but you really don’t hear much about the fate of microfilm…). It turns out that our print copy is now findable on Google Books, and it also turns out that Google Books has a nice new embeddable clip sharing feature. Run your mouse over the icon to the right of the hand and you can “save, send or embed a section of the page.”
October 10th, 2007
Stanford readers, we now have access to the Lyell Collection from the Geological Society of London. Check it out and let us know what you think.
From the site:
The Lyell Collection , created to mark the Geological Society of London’s 200th anniversary in 2007, represents one of the largest integrated collections of online Earth science literature available. Bringing together Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Special Publications and key book series on a single electronic platform,the Lyell Collection is a unique resource for researcher and student alike.