Branner Library News

Chris DeBoever and Mary-Ellen Petrich at Carpentries Instructor Training

Software and Data Carpentries: Building Campus Capacity

May 23, 2017
by Amy E. Hodge
One thing Stanford Libraries knows about running Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops on Stanford’s campus is that workshop demand is high. Case in point: when we invited post-docs for a Data Carpentry workshop on an upcoming weekend this June, we had 120 people interested in the 40 available seats. 
 
That’s some serious demand. 
 
Software and Data Carpentry are sister organizations focused on teaching computing best practices to scientists. The idea is to make research faster, more efficient, and more reproducible by teaching scientists the basics of version control (usually Git), task automation (using the shell), and modular programming (typically in Python, but sometimes R). The two-day, hands-on workshops are taught by volunteer instructors, but workshop hosts are responsible for other costs, like instructor travel and food.
Co-expression of CDT1A and SOL2 in Arabidopsis thaliana seedling leaf

SDR Deposit of the Week: Video tutorials for 4D visualization

May 15, 2017
by Amy E. Hodge

Many researchers rely on open source software for data analysis, but lack of documentation on how to use the software can sometimes be an issue. In these situations, it's up to someone in the community to step up and create better resources to help people learn how to get the most out of these tools.

Stanford biology undergrad Nathan Cho found himself in just this situation recently while working on his honors thesis. Cho's project involved studying how stem cell development in plants affects the timing of the cell cycle, the process by which cells grow and divide. Analysis of his microscopy images required him to use open source software from the Max Plank Institute called MorphoGraphX.

Johan de Witt

A better home for your scholarly work: the Stanford Digital Repository

April 25, 2017
by Amy E. Hodge

What do you do when a Google search for an article title only returns one dead link and two advertisements? And yet you have this article in front of you so you know it exists? If you want to cite that article in a research paper but you don't have all the publication information to create the citation, you do the obvious thing.

You contact a librarian.

A student at Berkeley recently contacted Stanford Libraries, hoping that we could provide her with citation information for an article about Johan de Witt (the dashing gentleman in the image above) that she knew had come out of Stanford. The URL where she had accessed the article was at web.stanford.edu, but, sadly, this link no longer worked. She hoped someone at the library could help her identify the publisher of this article.

New Resources in Branner Library

Following is a listing of new print and e-books recently added to the Branner Earth Sciences Library.

  1. Ibrahim Çemen, Yücel Yilmaz. 2017

  2. edited by P.C. Bandopadhyay and A. Carter. 2017

  3. Frédéric Encel ; cartographie, Alexandre Nicolas. 2017

  4. Gerald Mayr (Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, Senckenberganlage, Germany). 2017

Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services
Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
(650) 725-1102

DMP Tool / Amy Hodge