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Developing an Anti-Racist Strategy for the Library

Background I came to the CfA in 2015, and in 2017 I became Head Librarian here. At that time, I decided I wanted to update the library’s mission. I also wanted to make explicit the library’s priorities (what we do) and guiding principles (how we do it). However, at the time, I was not considering …

New Guide to Data Archiving and Sharing

The Wolbach Library has developed a guide to archiving and sharing research data. You can find it posted on the library’s website. Why would you want to put your data on the web? First, archiving a copy of your data in another physical location–on somebody else’s server–is a great way to prevent a data loss …

UAT v.2.0.0 Released

Today we are releasing Version 2.0.0 of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus. This release cleans up minor errors, such as duplicate concepts and preferred label consistency. We have also changed all concept IDs to numeric identifiers, a change that will facilitate editing and management of the UAT going forward. Overview of Changes The UAT was switched …

Status of the UAT Project

This is a short summary update of the status of the UAT project. http://astrothesaurus.org/ — 1) UAT v1.1.0 Published Online A few weeks ago we published version 1.1.0 to Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA), a controlled vocabulary discovery service from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).  We’ve been collaborating with ANDS for the better part of …

New Leisure Reading Collection in Wolbach Library!

We’re happy to announce that Wolbach’s staff have created a small physical leisure reading collection that is now available for circulation You can check out what’s available here on LibraryThing! We hope you take a moment to take a breath and stop by to check out the collection. We’re also glad to take recommendations! You …

New Research Tools portal

The Wolbach Library recently launched a new Research Tools portal, http://www.researchtools.altbibl.io. Here you can browse recommended tools pertaining to all parts of your research workflow by name or category, in list or tile format, and learn about use cases, tutorials, blog posts and more. You can access this page using the link above or from …

Introducing ORCID @ CfA!

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) iDs are unique, persistent identifiers for researchers. Why sign up for an ORCID iD? This author identification tool is an effort that is being supported by libraries, publishers, and funders to help connect researchers to their works. Some publishers and funders already require ORCID iDs, and many others will …

Docker Training in the Library

On May 9th the Wolbach library hosted a training on Docker, a development tool that allows users to package up a piece of software within the environment necessary to run that software (including all of its dependencies) into a single unit, called a container. This can aid in sharing software, reproducing scientific results, and preserving …

JupyterDays Day 2

JupyterDays day two was filled with more talks and demonstrations from the event speakers. The running theme throughout day two was integrating Jupyter Notebooks into your already existing workflows to solve problems. The morning started out with an introduction to Docker by Jonas Rosland, a Developer Advocate at EMC {code}. Jonas clarified that “Docker is just a file …

JupyterDays Day 1!

Welcome to Jupyter Days Boston 2016 Day 1! This post will cover the highlights of the first day of the meeting. The event is taking place at the Harvard Law School and is organized by Project Jupyter, O”Reilly Media, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library. Follow along on Twitter #JupyterDays. The day started with opening words of welcome …