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Japanese Imperial Maps article

November 22nd, 2011

The recent issue of ReMix contains an article summarizing the symposium on Japanese maps, in which Branner Library participated last October.

Using Google Citations: LOVE IT!

November 21st, 2011

Well, just in time for Thanksgiving folks, comes Google Citations. For those that attended this month’s Advanced Google Class, this is a tool that greatly augments your ability to track your own scholarly citations.
Using Google Citations you can graph citations over time, compute several citation metrics and be alerted to articles citing you.
You also have the ability to make your personal profile private, or open to the world so that your name appears in Google Scholar results. For example, here is School of Earth Sciences Professor Emeritus Michael McWilliams: School of Earth Sciences Professor Emeritus Michael McWilliams: profile on Google Scholar

His profile can also be viewed here on Google Citations.

A librarian friend at Portland State Library had this to say about it:

@joanpdx “Started using Google Citations this summer and just got an alert that one of my articles was cited. Love it.”

Pretty good endorsement for a free Google Tool!

Do you need to create your own spatial data? Do you have a set of addresses or zipcodes that you need to locate on a map? Did you get a set of GPS locations for your research project and don’t know how to plot it?

Then we have the right workshop for you!

Next Monday, October 17th, Patricia Carbajales will show you how to master these very important, but not so intuitive skills. This is a very practical workshop, so be ready to get your hands dirty with GIS data.

The topics included in this workshop are:

- Georeferencing images

- Importing GPS data

- Importing table data (Excel, .csv, Access)

- Joining Tables

- Geocoding (addresses, zipcodes)

When: Monday, October 17th, from 1pm to 4pm

Where: A65 classroom (Sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building)

Who: Any Stanford patron with basic familiriaty with ArcGIS

RSVP fast by emailing Patricia Carbajales at
For more information visit the workshop website at

Do you need to create a map? Is there some spatial analysis needed for your project? Do you need to find spatial patterns on your data? Then we have the right workshop for you.

We are offering a 3-hour very hands-on workshop on GIS for all of the new users to spatial technology. This is a free workshop for all of our Stanford patrons (staff, faculty and students) and you just need to bring yourself! We will provide the rest.

When: Oct. 10 , 12:30-3:30pm
Where: Room A65 in the sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
Who: Stanford Community - All are welcome.

RSVP fast by emailing Patricia Carbajales at
For more information visit the workshop website at


Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: A Symposium on the History and Future of the Gaihozu

Please join us for a talk by Professor Kobayashi Shigeru!

Stanford University owns a large but uncatalogued set of Japanese colonial surveys (gaihōzu), mostly from the 1930s and 40s, including detailed topographical maps of the entire empire as well as thematic maps for Manchuria. While similar materials also exist in other collections (the Library of Congress, as well as more than a dozen other institutions in the US, Taiwan, & Japan), these maps have mostly lain outside of the purview of colonial historians until now. This symposium will examine the utility of these colonial maps as tools for historical research. Our presenters represent a diverse, international group of scholars who are interested in reconstructing past landscapes—whether urban or rural—and analyzing colonial development priorities and practices by using cartographic documents as a resource.

Friday, October 7, 2011. 05:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Building 200 - Room 307, History Corner, Main Quad (Map)
Free and open to the public. RSVP requested by October 5 to Sayoko Sakakibara at Please include name, affiliation
and field of study.
For more information, visit:

Back by popular demand: the free Introduction to ArcGIS training by Branner Library staff! This 3-hour workshop is designed for the new user to GIS technology. With a very hands-on approach, we guide you through your first steps learning this very powerful, but somewhat not very user-friendly technology. No previous GIS experience is required. This workshop is mandatory for anybody wanting GIS consultant services at Branner Library.

When: Oct. 3, 1-4pm
Where: Room A65 in the sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
Who: Stanford Community - All are welcome.

RSVP fast by emailing Patricia Carbajales at
For more information visit the workshop website

Long hidden behind journal articles and under thousands of lines of processing code, data have finally been getting their day in the sun.  Long recognized as an important resource to centralize in the social sciences (Happy 50th Birthday ICPSR!), discussions about the new roles and possibilities for data in modern research have been going on at high levels for years.  However, it has been only recently that data issues have been recognized by individual researchers and even the broader public.

The holders of the research funding purse strings have been showing more and more interest in the bits and bytes of data as well.  Since the NSF announced the requirement of a Data Management Plan submission with every proposal to the agency on January 18, 2011,  funders have been quickly re-writing policies and upping the ante on researchers.  Soon after the NSF policy was implemented, the directorates themselves added more specific requirements on to the general guidelines.  For instance the Ocean Sciences division of GEO states that, data must be submitted to an approved repository “no later than 2 years after the data are collected.”    Rumors are swirling that NOAA will soon be trumping even this tight timeline by requiring “all environmental data created using NOAA grant funding must be shared no later than 90 days after the end date of the project (at the same time the final project report is due).”

The trend at this point seems clear - labs will be under more and more pressure to share and preserve their data, and standardize their documentation.   The Stanford University Libraries are in the early stages of growing a Data Services program on campus….How can we help you?

In recent months I have had the good fortune to visit the physical David Rumsey Collection. It really doesn’t take much to be in complete awe when you are surrounded by atlases, travel narratives, maps, globes and other rare cartographic artifacts that are hundreds of years old. When I there last week, I happened upon the Sonnenschein & Allen’s Royal Relief Atlas of All Parts of the World . Here are a couple of pictures from the Atlas shot from my iPhone:

Western United States and Canada

Deccan Plateau, India

This Atlas was published in London in the year 1880 and contains 32 pages of maps. What’s so special about these maps you say? Most of the maps are, what the atlas calls embossed, or put another way, raised-relief, where you can see the indentations of the valleys and paper raised upwards, to the height of the mountains. The modern day equivalents are usually in plastic–check these out at the Branner Library. These days, it is relatively easy to purchase a raised relief map that can be hung on a wall, especially of popular maps such as one of the United States.

For high quality scans of this Atlas, watch the David Rumsey site in the coming months. David Rumsey is bound to announce it on Twitter.

Hold on to your seats - the new Fall 2011 Library Workshop season has arrived! Over 20 classes in four libraries have been scheduled to help with data services, GIS training, citation management and database searching.

While the libraries sponsors many different workshops throughout the year, we are also willing to arrange for an on-demand group workshops on a topic of your choice. Please contact Branner Library ( for more information.

Workshop Descriptions & Schedule

The complete workshop schedule is also available online.

Science & Engineering Libraries Information Tools

Three sessions of New Graduate Student Orientation to
Science & Engineering Libraries Information Tools will be held:

• Monday, September 19, 1:30-2:30 - NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Center
• Tuesday, September 20, 1:30-2:30 - NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Center
• Wednesday, September 21, 1:30-2:30 - NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Center

NVIDIA Auditorium is on the terrace (lowest) level of the building.