Blog topic: Engineering
Several librarians across the United States have been petitioning ISO and ANSI to release or open up access to several critical standards in the response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANSI has announced a portal that contains several of these important standards, including standards for the fabrication of ventilators and standards for incident management response, released to the public. At this time, 31 of these ISO standards have been released, and you can access them by visiting the following links.
At the VALA2020 conference on Libraries and Technology last month I stated, as I have in numerous other presentations, reports, and recommendations, that implementations of technology (and I am usually speaking about AI) in libraries should reflect the ethos of the library. I say this not because the ethos of the library is correct, just, or even well-defined; but it is something to which we who work in libraries can be held accountable.
Established in 1965 by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures.
We have a campus-wide site license for CSD Enterprise which includes ALL CSD software and ALL application data. Access to CSD software is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. You must have the activation key and the license customer ID before you are able to download the software. To request an activation key, please see: https://library.stanford.edu/science/software/cambridge-structural-database
Origin is a complete graphing and data analysis software package that provides a suite of features catering to the needs of scientists and engineers. OriginPro offers all of the features of Origin plus extended analysis tools in the areas of Peak Fitting, Surface Fitting, Statistics, Signal Processing, and Image Processing.
Our campus-wide site license for OriginPro was recently renewed with the new license expiring 4/15/2020. Access is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. Please go to https://library.stanford.edu/science/software/originpro to download a copy of the software and to request a license key. You do not have to be connected to the network after installing the program.
Mnova 14 is a major release that incorporates many new features in NMR, MS, NMRPredict and Screen plugins as well as others. They have integrated a new Electronic and Vibrational Spectroscopies (ElViS) module and as usual they have fixed several bugs.
The 2020 license keys for Mnova are available to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. The 2019 license keys will expire 2/14/20 and the 2020 license keys will expire 2/14/21. In addition to being able to download to your personal computer, Mnova (or Mestrenova) is also available on cluster computers.
Engineers don’t just design things, they also need to build and sell them! This week, Linnea Shieh from the Terman Engineering Library gives us a tour of databases that focus on markets and finance for entrepreneurial engineers and their companies.
Databases of the week - Accelerate your research by using xSearch, Funding Resources, and Chemical Safety search
One challenge that researchers face is where to look for information. Google Scholar is popular but doesn’t include the wide array of resources licensed by the Stanford Libraries. Google Scholar (GS) search results are also limited by the last time GS crawled a website. Current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford are able to use three customized collections of databases to find needed information. Developed by the Stanford Libraries and Deep Web Technologies, these databases are grouped by subject categories and multiple subject categories can be searched at one time. Up to 100 citations are available from each database and the information is retrieved in real-time.