January 08, 2007

Web-based Survey Authoring and Deployment App Available

IRISS is pleased to offer a new service to Stanford social science researchers allowing the construction and deployment of online surveys on in-house servers. The software, Opinio from ObjectPlanet, allows for managed personalized invitation lists, unlimited question designs, multimedia and internationalization support, and online reporting of results all from a web browser anywhere on the Internet. More info can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/resources/.

Posted by vijoy at 04:22 PM

December 18, 2006

Spatial Thinking in the Social Sciences and Humanities

UIUC Holds GIS Conference/Workshop.

UIUC and NCSA sponsored a conference/workshop titled "Spatial Thinking in the Social Sciences and Humanities" This workshop brought together leading figures from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who use spatial analysis and GIS in their work. The objective was to reflect on how spatial thinking affects substantive findings and changes the way research questions are approached, and to assess the role of computation. The goal was to end up with useful insights and recommendations on the requirements for cyberenvironments and cyberinfrastructure for the social sciences and humanities.

More information and a schedule and FAQ can be found at:

Posted by vijoy at 06:06 PM

October 06, 2006

Stanford IT Open House approaching

Stanford University Libraries and Information Technology Services are happy to present the 2006 on Wednesday November 1 in Meyer and Green Libraries. Come talk to campus representatives from nearly every technical, media related, and communications related service. More information can be found at http://itopenhouse.stanford.edu/

Posted by vijoy at 04:44 PM

July 17, 2006

Technology Update -- July 2006

Applications of Technology at IRISS

Social Web/Web 2.0 Technologies
    - Weblog Technology (Movable Type licensed by ITS)
       - time sorted posts entered through a web interface
       - syndicated feeds displayed in various locations such as web pages, mail applications
       - IRiSS weblog running 5 feeds to our website for updates and posts
       - internal MAPSS weblog for faculty

    - Wiki technologies
       - updates to web pages without the need for specialized software and skills
       - opportunities for research groups to develop an intranet where content developers publish directly to the web
          - Drupal for Fred Turner (Comm)
          - PmWiki for Mike Tomz (Poli Sci)
          - Drupal for Virtual-Summer Institute Political Psychology

Model for distance education/collaboration: Virtual-Summer Institute Political Psychology
    - running a virtual summer institute with 80 participants spread out over the globe
    - managed by two graduate students (one in NYC, one at Stanford) and one technologist
       - streaming audio/slideshow
       - synchronous chat (4 sections of 20 participants, broken up by region/time zone)
       - asynchronous discussion forum (threaded/orgranized)
       - asynchronous personal space and weblogs on external yet integrated wiki space

Posted by vijoy at 11:15 AM

June 20, 2006

Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology

Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

This issue of Vectors features a range of projects related to the theme of ephemera, from the perspectives of history, anthropology, cultural geography, film, media studies, video games, tourism, politics, art and literature. Contributors include Rick Prelinger, Judith Jackson Fossett, Amelie Hastie, Melanie Swalwell, Jeffrey Schnapp, Kim Christen, Chris Cooney, the Center for History and New Media and the Transcriptions Project at UC Santa Barbara.

Vectors is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to expanding the potentials of academic publication via emergent and transitional media. Publishing two issues a year, Vectors proposes a thorough rethinking of the dynamic relationship of form to content in academic research, focusing on the ways technology shapes, transforms and reconfigures social and cultural relations. Vectors is edited by Tara McPherson and Steve Anderson with art direction by Erik Loyer and Raegan Kelly.

Posted by vijoy at 11:43 AM

May 23, 2006

Do you have your Blog set up on your Wiki?

Ever wonder what a Blog (aka Weblog) or Wiki is? Or how it might benefit your research? Or your lab?

IRiSS is able to setup Weblogs for you and or your lab to make regular postings in a 'lab diary' fashion that can be restricted to your lab users, or can be a conduit of information to the general public. Similarly, wiki web sites allow research labs to have a web presence where authorized readers can actually make updates and upload content without any knowledge of web programming or specialized software beyond a browser. Regular visitors simply see a web page.

If you're curious about these new technologies and how they may be beneficial to your research, talk to Vijoy Abraham (vijoy@stanford.edu) at IRISS to help set you up with these services.

Posted by vijoy at 10:51 AM | Comments (0)

January 12, 2006

SDSC Announces Data Central

San Diego SuperComputing Center offers mass storage: Interdisciplinary collaborations and community-shared data are becoming increasingly important to the progress of science. To support these endeavors, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), a National Science Foundation center, has launched Data Central -- the first program of its kind to make available significant research and community data collections and databases.

With storage facilities offering more than Petabyte of online disk and Six Petabytes of archival tape storage, SDSC currently hosts more than 60 publicly available data collections. Eligible researchers can request a data allocation from SDSC that provides expanded access to SDSC's Data Central facilities and expert knowledge in data collection managing, hosting, analyzing and data mining.

Go to http://datacentral.sdsc.edu/

Posted by vijoy at 06:11 PM