Digital Library Blog

Call for feedback and contributions to forthcoming ArcLight work cycle

June 12, 2019
by Mark A. Matienzo

Stanford Libraries is organizing a work cycle later this year for ArcLight, a Rails engine supporting discovery of archival material. The work cycle is expected to run from August 12 to October 11, 2019, with planned contributions in terms of staff and development time from Stanford University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Princeton University. This work expands upon the work undertaken between April to June 2017 to develop a minimum viable product, and focuses on adding features, fixing bugs, and ensuring it is better suited as a product for future adoption and development. 

As a part of planning for this work cycle, Stanford, Michigan, Indiana, and Princeton have begun developing a collaborative roadmap to help us scope candidate areas of development. Following the process undertaken recently by the Spotlight community, we are now looking for contributions to and feedback on the roadmap to inform our work. If you’ve previously shared evaluations of ArcLight internal to your organization, we welcome you incorporating your ideas for features and improvements to this document. Our first deadline for contributions to the ArcLight work cycle roadmap is June 28, 2019.

Device used in marine nitrogen cycle research

SDR Deposit of the Month: All in the Family

May 3, 2019
by Hannah Frost

By many measures, Stanford is a big place. Two typical measures: the historic campus (6th largest in the US) stretches across 8,180 acres, and is home to over 31,000 students, faculty, and staff this academic year. A random measure: for the JSTOR database subscription provided by the Libraries, Stanford's institution classification level is “very large".

But some days, Stanford feels like a small, close-knit town where degrees of separation between community members rarely exceed two or three. 

Arriving at the 2019 Authenticity Project – introducing fellow Raquel Donahue

April 29, 2019
by Catherine A. Aster

When Cathy Aster, Product and Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) at Stanford University asked if I’d like to do some guest blogging for Stanford Libraries, I was surprised and grateful. As a 2019 Cohort Fellow in the joint, IMLS-funded Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digital Library Federation (CLIR/DLF) + HBCU Library Alliance Authenticity Project

Snow plow at Cisco

Spotlight on the transcontinental railroad

The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.

HBCu-DLF Authenticity Project

Cathy Aster selected for HBCU-DLF Authenticity Project

April 2, 2019
by Hannah Frost

Cathy Aster has been selected as a Conversation Partner for the IMLS-funded Authenticity Project. In a collaboration by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance  and the Digital Library Federation, the mentoring and professional development program provides opportunities for staff at HBCUs and predominantly white institutions (PWIs) to foster connections and build information exchanges using a project-based focus. The goal of the Authenticity Project is “to create a more diverse, inclusive, collaborative and cohesive next-generation digital library workforce, ready to work across types of institutions in building infrastructure of various kinds (social and technological) in service to a wide array of communities.” 

Chinese Deathscape cover

CIDR project "The Chinese Deathscape" is published by Stanford University Press

March 20, 2019

The Stanford Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) is proud to share in the announcement of a new publication, by the Stanford University Press, of The Chinese Deathscape: Grave Reform in Modern China, a longstanding collaboration led the publication's editor, Professor Thomas S. Mullaney of the Department of History, and featuring custom design and software development primarily by former CIDR developer David McClure.

This publication is the latest in SU Press's Digital Scholarship series of interactive scholarly works, and the first fully peer-reviewed and professionally published of CIDR's many projects in the digital humanities and computational social sciences.

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