'Go Global' spotlights international research, courses, events at Stanford

When faculty members add information on their international activities to their Stanford Profiles, that information – a journal article, course or research project – will automatically appear on the Go Global website.

Courtesy Go Global Stanford MBA students explore the Atacama Desert on a trip to Chile

Stanford MBA students studying Chile's economic and political success make an excursion to the Atacama Desert. A new website spotlights the university's international activities.

Stanford has created a new website – Go Global – to showcase the university's international research, teaching and learning on campus and abroad, as well as events and news.

People who visit Go Global will see the cutting-edge ideas Stanford faculty members are pursuing all over the world, said Brendan Walsh, director of the Office of International Affairs at Stanford.

Go Global features an interactive world map with dots indicating the places where Stanford scholars are conducting research projects.

Click on China, for instance, and a chart appears noting the number of projects, courses, news stories and events, including a screening tonight of a documentary on Ai Weiwei, China's most famous international artist and outspoken domestic critic.

Users can also search Go Global by keyword, location, faculty names and the names of foreign universities.

A search for "pollution in China" reveals a recent study of nitrogen emissions in China by researchers at Stanford and China Agricultural University in Beijing. A search for "hepatitis B" includes descriptions of four collaborative research projects by Stanford School of Medicine and health ministries in China and Vietnam.

Walsh said the website is powered by a new web application module that allows Go Global to automatically "pull" international information from Stanford Profiles, a website featuring biographical and professional information on faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff.

"Rather than constantly asking faculty members to send us information about their international research, we can pull that information from a faculty member's profile on Stanford Profiles and display it in innovative ways on Go Global," he said.

"When a faculty member adds new information on their international activities to their profile pages – a journal article, course or research project – that information will automatically appear on our beautiful new 'Go Global' website," Walsh added.

The university launched Stanford Profiles last year. Currently, it has about 23,500 profiles, including 4,751 profiles of faculty, research and teaching staff.

Walsh said Go Global will be an important resource for forging new connections within and across disciplines, departments and schools at Stanford.

"The more that faculty members leverage their Stanford Profile pages, which is really easy to do, the more that we can do to improve networking opportunities, and to find new collaborators abroad and on campus," he said.

The Office of International Affairs has created a guide to updating Stanford Profiles.

The new module connecting data from Stanford Profiles to other Drupal-based websites is open source and freely available. It is maintained by Stanford Web Services, which provides a full range of planning, design development and maintenance for websites hosted on Stanford Sites, the university's centrally supported Drupal service.