Digital Library Blog

SDR Deposit of the Week: Micrographs that touch a nerve

April 4, 2014
by Dr. Amy E. Hodge

You might not think of worms when someone mentions neuroscience, but it turns out the tiny, transparent worm C. elegans 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. 

More recently, researchers Juan Cueva and Miriam Goodman have performed studies using C. elegans 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 Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) and are now available for download and reuse by other researchers around the world (see below for links to the images).

PowerPoint slide from SDR online deposit on Anthopleura Sea Anemone Distribution in the Rocky Intertidal at Hopkins Marine Station

New digital collections available in SearchWorks

Four new digital collections were added to SearchWorks via Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) online deposit 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.

How Big is a Big Map? Digitizing William Smith's Stratified Map of England, Scotland and Wales from 1815

March 28, 2014
by Deardra Fuzzell

By Deardra Fuzzell and Wayne Vanderkuil
A historic geologic map, the data for which was compiled over the course of many years by one determined man, William Smith. Completed nearly 2 centuries ago, it remains incredibly relevant.

This is one of the largest and most difficult oversized objects Stanford has digitized thus far.
See how the Digital Production Group went about imaging this unique item.

Art by Kimi Tanabe

SDR Deposit of the Week: New collection of theses in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

March 27, 2014
by Regina Lee Roberts

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 "Gender News". 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).

Ampex VR3000

Early video from Ampex Corp collection at SF History Expo this weekend

February 27, 2014
by Hannah Frost

The San Francisco History Expo is this weekend (March 1-2, 2014) at the Old Mint. Some very early video footage from the Ampex Corp collection at Stanford will be on view there.

This footage -- preserved through the state-wide California Audiovisual Preservation Project -- is special because it demonstrates Ampex's first portable video recorder, the VR-3000. It depicts scenes recorded on a San Francisco cable car going steeply down (probably) California Street in 1967!

Album A: Photographs of China's natural landscapes, urban scenes, cultural landmarks, social customs, and people.

New digital collections available in SearchWorks

Fourteen new digital collections representing content from SUL, Image, Video and Multimedia Systems - Stanford University and Hoover Archives, are now available in SearchWorks. These collections take advantage of recently released SearchWorks functionality that provides researchers with new rich discovery and access capabilities for finding and working with digital collection content. In addition to the 11 collections from Stanford University Archives that Daniel Hartwig blogged about, researchers may now discover:

Fan Image

Fanning Flames : Advice for a lady -- on love, life, and happiness -- inscribed in the folds of her fan

February 14, 2014
by Astrid Johannah Smith

By Astrid J. Smith and Wayne Vanderkuil.
An object associated with demure and lady-like behavior, the captions underneath each detailed etched vignette on this 1797 fan are surprisingly wry, witty, and thought provoking. Once commonplace, no self-respecting Georgian era lady would be without such an object. As Leah Marie Brown states, “Fans were must-have accoutrements for ladies of 18th century. They were used to perform multiple functions: They could offer a gentle breeze in an overheated room, allow the user to spy on people behind her (some fans had small mirrors on their sticks), conceal gossiping lips, and convey a secret (or not so secret) message.”
See how Digital Production Group went about imaging this unique ladies' fan.

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