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Colloquium on Rethinking the Future of Scientific Communication

On March 8-9th of this year, the Colloquium on Rethinking the Future of Scientific Communication was convened by Nader Rifai of Harvard Medical School and Stanford’s own Michael Keller and John Sack. There was an impressive roster including but not limited to: Anurag Acharaya, a distinguished engineer at Google Scholar; Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing for California Digital Library; Rick Luce, Vice Provost & Director of Libraries at Emory University along with several equally accomplished participants.

These industry leaders were brought together to identify innovative ways to harness the information technology explosion that allows researchers new ways to access the scholarly communication pipeline. New access options on the pipeline include everything from blogs to online datasets and ranges from manuscript submission to post-publication revisions. The participants highlighted ways to create continuity across the pipeline and providing better filtering for material. Discussion topics allowed them to emphasize the urgency need to keep pace with the revolutionary transformation of search and discovery by the popular press. Topics included:
➢ Filtering: coping with information overload
➢ Social bots (AI)
➢ Shared data and circles of trust between labs
➢ Linked data in support of research and scholarly communication
➢ Discovery of and contextualization of data
➢ Citizen science: calls for local and global thinking
➢ Annotation: linking comments back to content and context

Mike Keller addressed two topics in his opening remarks. He discussed web-based annotations specifically. Generally speaking these are annotations of individual lines or sentences of digital objects by scholars. Mr. Keller shared that Stanford University Libraries along with scholars from other universities are engaged in web-based annotations relating to digital avatars of medieval manuscripts.

Secondly, Mr. Keller discussed linked data, which involves transcoding from metadata or preparing RDF triples and URIs. This process enables navigation among countless information objects. If these are then transmitted to the global cloud and reconciled the process will lead to the establishment of new relationships as well as the reconciliation of ambiguities. For more information on this progressive colloquium, click here.

41st annual Stanford Powwow this weekend

Nico Phoenix competes in the 2009 Stanford Powwow teen boys' traditional dance competition.

The 41st annual Stanford Powwow will be taking place this weekend (May 11-13) in the Eucalyptus Grove.

From the Stanford Report article on the Powwow:

A powwow is a large social gathering of Indians – a place to renew old friendships and forge new ones, to celebrate and preserve a rich cultural heritage through singing, drumming and dancing, and to introduce the old ways to the young. It is also a place for non-Natives to become part of the celebration of Native ways.


The Stanford Powwow is free and open to the public. Participants are expected from American Indian tribes near and far. The event is expected to attract about 30,000 people. It is the largest student-run powwow in the nation.

You can look here for library resources on Native North Americans and American Indians and here for resources on Native Americans of California more specifically.

Photo by L.A. Cicero.

Maurice Sendak has died at age 83

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of 1963's Where the Wild Things Are and 2011's Bumble-Ardy, has died at age 83. The New York Times has a good obituary that addresses Sendak's "splendid nightmares."

Maurice Sendak spoke last fall with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air; you can listen to that interview here. You can also read here the interview that Sendak did with the Guardian in the fall.

Dr. Sam-Chung Hsieh Memorial Lecture

Frederick Tsao picture

Frederick Chavalit Tsao on
Family Business and Sustainability

Mr. Tsao will address the intersection of family and business in the developing world. As Chairman of a family-owned multinational corporation, he is interested in the peculiar challenges faced by family-owned businesses and the role of such businesses in promoting development. He is particularly concerned with the destabilizing effects of rapid economic growth on traditional social structures. Mr. Tsao will discuss recent efforts to promote development while preserving family, social, and cultural harmony.

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Green Library, Bender Room, Fifth Floor, Bing Wing
RSVP: Sonia Lee if you would like to attend,, 650.736.9538

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

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