Here at the Stanford Libraries, we are a big fan of Who’s on First. While the comedy routine by Abbott and Costello is pretty good, here we are talking about the gazetteer project Who’s on First created by the team at Mapzen. The Who’s on First (WoF) gazetteer is a “big list of places” comprising one of the largest and richest compilations of Open and permissively licensed geospatial data.
Blog topic: SearchWorks
The Stanford Libraries has added article search capabilities to its online catalog and resource discovery environment, SearchWorks. Stanford students, faculty, and patrons world-wide can now search a database of over 300 million journal articles, ebooks, patents, book chapters, newspaper articles, reports, and other high-quality scholarly resources from over 80,000 journals and other sources. SearchWorks Articles+ is now live at https://searchworks.stanford.edu/articles.
A new SearchWorks catalog index was released on Thursday, August 17, 2017. To ensure accuracy of the data in SearchWorks, we do a quarterly "fresh" indexing of all bibliographic data from Symphony (Stanford Libraries' integrated library system).
This quarter's new index includes an enhancement to the Genre facet: there are more terms indexed into this facet than previously.
Stanford Libraries introduces new features in SearchWorks to support enhanced access to image collections
The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) has introduced new features in its online catalog, SearchWorks, and the Stanford Digital Repository to make it easier for users worldwide to get access to a treasure trove of high resolution digital images. The basis of these new features is the International Image Interoperability Framework, a global initiative co-founded by SUL to support the creation of a global network of broadly accessible images curated and produced by libraries, museums, archives and galleries to support research, teaching and broad public use.
The second round of SearchWorks work has just wrapped up (see part 1). Most of these changes are already visible, with a few more to come over the next week or so. This batch focused on improvements to metadata and availability display; user-requested, usability, and accessibility changes; and new content.
Stanford Library's Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) recently announced some enhancements to the Searchworks catalog, including a powerful government documents access point to that makes government documents a "featured resource" and enhances access to our rich and historic California, US Federal, UN, UK and EU documents collections and rapidly expanding number of digital government documents.
You may have noticed some changes in SearchWorks over the past several weeks. We've been working on a list of features prioritized by the SearchWorks Steering Committee and user feedback: new Requests forms, a Government Documents access point, better discovery and display of digital content, new items feed, and more email options.
Here's an end-of-year wrap-up and a look at what's still to come in 2016.