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Projects & innovations

As a modern research library, SUL takes on transformative ventures, many of which will change the very nature of libraries. These projects involve innovative partnerships with peer libraries and companies worldwide and range from augmenting our existing strengths to improving search and academic collaboration with new technologies. Explore these initiatives here.

Stanford is one of the libraries partnering with Google in this project to digitize, and make searchable, tens of millions of books.
Designing a scalable, prototype system to demonstrate the viability and efficacy of a linked data environment for improving discovery and navigation.
The Digital Forensics lab analyzes, preserves and provides access to born-digital archival materials.
In the real world, medieval scholars work with materials from many libraries; interoperability lets them do the same in the digital world.
Emerging Technology Team
The ETT identifies, tests, and assesses new and emerging technologies for the academic library environment.
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ePADD is a software package that supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.
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Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs) was a Mellon-funded project to develop infrastructure to support curators in collecting simply-structured, single-object digital materials typically published on w
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Gear Up for Research at Stanford is a research fair for graduate students and post-docs from all schools and departments on campus.
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Hypatia—a Hydra application—was a grant funded proof-of-concept to support accessioning, arrangement, description, discovery, delivery, and long term preservation of born digital archival collections.
An international effort to build a framework for sharing digitized images across digital library repositories.
LDCX is a series of technology conferences for libraries and related cultural heritage institutions
LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) provides libraries with digital preservation tools to easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content.
The Stanford Geospatial Center has created this site to help people analyze the data related to the mass shootings in the United States over the past few decades.
The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) serves to preserve and enhance access to original sound and moving image collection materials held by Stanford University Libraries.
The organization is focused on sharing open computing solutions and best practices
The Preserving Virtual Worlds project explores methods for preserving digital games and interactive fiction.
Creating a digital repository and online research environment supporting research on automotive history
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Science boot camps for librarians feature educational presentations delivered by scientists plus discussion and information sharing.
Stanford’s Silicon Valley Archives identify, preserve, and make the documentary record of science and technology available to students, scholars, and the general public.
Spotlights in the Centre Ceramique, Maastricht
Spotlight is an application that extends the repository ecosystem by providing a means for institutions to reuse digital content in easy-to-produce, attractive, and scholarly-oriented websites.
Stanford Campus Mapping Project
Stanford Geospatial Center has created a series of campus web mapping applications showcasing the latest trends in geospatial technology.
Capture Lab
Stanford Capture Lab is a three day unconference for technologists focused on the bit level capture of digital content from legacy computer media.
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This award recognizes individual research libraries for sustained and significant innovation in any operational area.
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The home of the Player Piano Project, including information about piano rolls, players, and supporting research materials.
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Collecting, preserving, and providing access to at-risk web content for institutional, public, and scholarly uses.
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Prize guidelines and application information.
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The Byra J. and William P. Wreden Prize for Collecting Books and Related Materials