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Stanford scholars are harnessing the power of new technologies through an array of digital humanities endeavors. Current digital humanities projects are using tools like 3-D mapping, electronic literary analysis, digitization, and advanced visualization techniques in interdisciplinary research that aims to shed new light on humanities research. With online publishing and virtual archives, creators and users experiment and interact with source materials in ways that yield new findings, while also facilitating community building and information sharing. Stanford professors and students organize an array of workshop style forums to foster discussion of digital humanities scholarship. Guest presenters from around the globe regularly contribute to conversations about the techniques, challenges, and outcomes of digital humanities research.

In collaboration with the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) provides the support and technological resources that enable humanities scholars to conduct leading edge research with digital tools. CESTA offers opportunities for fellows and affiliates of the Humanities Center to pursue digital humanities projects, to participate in workshops and training sessions, and to publish the results of their work in our online venues. CESTA’s innovative model of collaborative scholarly practice in the humanities brings together interdisciplinary research teams made of seasoned researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. CESTA’s collaborative model enhances the research opportunities available in existing humanities departments by providing qualified professional staff support in an open research space with the necessary software and hardware for research.

CESTA is comprised of the following interdisciplinary labs: