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This collection includes research outputs from Stanford-associated researchers on the wide variety of topics and fields under investigation at Stanford University, including statistics, engineering, biology, chemistry, social sciences, humanities, medicine, physics, geosciences, and the environment. This content is made discoverable and accessible via deposit into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). You can find out more about the SDR service and federal funding agency requirements for data sharing and preservation on the About page.

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"I think every scientist should consider using Stanford Digital Repository. It provides an easy-to-use platform for efficient communication of research findings which is essential to reproducibility and trust in science publications."

– Hatef Monajemi, Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering


SDR Deposit of the Week: Tunable Properties of Graphene

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It's likely not news to you that Stanford researchers are undertaking all manner of cutting-edge and groundbreaking work. Applied Physics graduate student Aaron Sharpe is one such researcher who has become intrigued by a single-atom-thick layer of carbon called graphene that he says has, "continuously shaken up the field of condensed matter physics." Graphene sheets, as well as stacks of these sheets, show "unique and tunable electronic properties." We see why Aaron couldn't resist! We talked to Aaron about the research he and his colleagues have been undertaking with graphene and that has recently been published in Science.

Outreach by Stanford science librarians led Aaron to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), which he used to make the data and code for this publication publicly-available. "We chose the SDR because it was an easy process to make our data publicly available and permanent and to obtain a digital object identifier (DOI) to reference it in our publication." We completely agree with Aaron's comment that "with any publication, it is important that the data be publicly available."

One way they help to make this easier for others is by using Jupyter notebooks, which Aaron says is "a fantastic platform." In his research group, they use them "for everything from data acquisition and talking with instruments to data analysis and generating figures. On top of that, Jupyter is open-source, making it an obvious choice" for their lab.

Jupyter notebooks combined with the SDR are a great combination. "We hope that by sharing our data along with the Jupyter notebook that anyone can easily download and look more closely into the data presented in our paper," Aaron told us. "This is important not just for other groups trying to replicate and build on our work, but also because others might find something important in our data that we’ve missed, which could advance the field as a whole."

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SDR Deposit of the Week: Rocks and Sustainable Energy

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When you think about rocks, you might not think about energy, but Christopher Zahasky does. Chris has been looking at vesicular basaltic volcanic rocks, like the one shown below, and the way fluid flows through them (see the graphical abstract for his recent article above). "These volcanic rocks are an important source of geothermal energy and provide a potential location for large-scale subsurface carbon dioxide storage for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation," Chris told us. "Understanding fluid flow is important for more effectively using these types of geologic systems for sustainable energy resource development."

As with all fields of science, data analysis and management challenges still exist. For Chris's field, these include the transparency of methods included in the published literature and robust quantification of data uncertainties. We hope the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), where Chris and his co-authors have deposited code and data generated as part of this research, can help. Chris chose to share these additional data in the SDR because "accessible, permanent, discoverable data and methods provide a foundation for future scientific inquiry and provide scientific accountability of published research." We couldn't agree with you more, Chris.

Chris also indicated that "by sharing this content we hope other people may use these models to better couple fluid flow and geochemical reactions in these types of rocks." The article describing this particular research project can be found in Advances in Water Resources.

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