Blog topic: Government information

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October 24 is UN Day!

October 22, 2019
by Kris Kasianovitz

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter, the founding document of the Organization. Signed in San Francisco by 51 Member States, the Charter lays out the main goals of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security, to protect human rights, to promote sustainable development, to deliver humanitarian aid, and to uphold international law.

Databases of the week: highlighting the data providers at Gear Up For Social Science Data Extravaganza

October 15, 2019
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

This week's "databases of the week" is a "twofer." We'd like to highlight the databases from the data providers who will be attending our 2019 Gear Up For Social Science Data Extravaganza on friday October 25, 2019 from 10am - 5pm. The Social Science Data Extravaganza will include a DATA EXPO with one-on-one consultations with representatives from the data providers listed below and more!; DATA TALKS by invited Stanford affiliated researchers; and DATA DEMOS by Stanford Library an

Databases of the week: the world of US government information

September 24, 2019
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

Welcome to the fall 2019 quarter at Stanford libraries. We're here for all of your information and data needs, and it all starts at library.stanford.edu. One of the ways we do that is to subscribe to databases of various types of content and information - journal articles, news, ebooks, archival resources, statistics and data, images, streaming video,  and more. We currently have 2550(!) databases on the library's databases page.

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National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds June 2019 meeting

July 17, 2019
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its first in-person meeting of the year on June 11-12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The full report of the meeting is available on the NGAC website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

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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.

National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds December 2018 meeting

December 20, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held their final meeting of the year on December 6, 2018 via teleconference.  The full report of the meeting is available on the NGAC website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

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