The SDR preserves a wide range of content in many forms: text, images, data sets, geo-spatial resources, audio, moving images, games, web sites, and more. In addition to the large volume of books and other publications digitized in Stanford Libraries' ongoing efforts to provide online access to its holdings, the SDR contains several notable collections.
Stanford was one of the original libraries to partner in the Google Library Project, a core part of the larger Google Books initiative to digitize, search and index the world’s printed books. Files -- page images, full text, and metadata -- produced in the scanning of Stanford’s print collections are stored in the SDR. Ingest of the files began in November 2010.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
In November 2009, Stanford University launched an Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) program enabling graduate students to submit dissertations and master’s theses in digital format to the Stanford Digital Repository. The SDR provides ongoing management of the PDF file submitted by the student along with any accompanying supplemental files, such as data sets, high-resolution images, and multimedia. The works are accessible from Stanford’s online catalog as well as Google. This approach marks a major departure from the way Stanford theses and dissertations have been submitted, preserved, and disseminated in the past.
More information about this pioneering initiative is available.
Preserving Virtual Worlds
The SDR preserves content collected by Stanford Libraries for the Preserving Virtual Worlds (PVW) project. In a collaboration led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the University of Maryland, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Second Life (Linden Lab), the Library of Congress, and Stanford, PVW explores methods for preserving digital games and interactive fiction. Content managed by the SDR includes early video games, scans of the virtual reality world Second Life, and crawls of web sites documenting game culture. This project is funded by the Library of Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
National Geospatial Digital Archive
Stanford worked jointly with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) on creating the National Geospatial Digital Archive with funding from the Library of Congress' NDIIPP initiative. Some 27,000 objects (3.5 TB) from the NGDA are preserved in the SDR, including TIFFs, GeoTIFFs, Shapefiles, Digital Elevation Models, and Digital Orthophoto Quadrangle files. More about this project is available in the Projects section.
Parker on the Web
Parker Library on the Web is a multi-year undertaking of Corpus Christi College, the Stanford University Libraries and Cambridge University Library, to produce a high-resolution digital copy of every imageable page of most manuscripts in the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College. The project was generously supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Grants were also received from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
The Parker Library's holdings of Old English texts account for a substantial proportion of all extant manuscripts in Anglo-Saxon. A total of 559 manuscripts dating from the 6th century were scanned; all image files and detailed bibliographic metadata for the objects are preserved in the SDR.
Monterey Jazz Festival
The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is home to the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) collection, containing thousands of hours of audio and video recordings from the world’s longest running jazz festival and one of the region's major cultural events. Between 2005-2008, Stanford Libraries digitally reformatted and created detailed descriptions of the recordings in order to preserve and enhance access to the material. Funding for the project was provided by Save America’s Treasures, the GRAMMY Foundation, and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Access to the collection database is available from the MJF collection web site and recordings can be accessed at the Archive of Recorded Sound on the Stanford campus. The master files and associated descriptive information are managed for the long-term in the SDR.