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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.
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Explore literary references to London locations in texts by 47 authors, written over 6 centuries.
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A platform for organizing, visualizing, sharing, and searching archives.
The Cabrinety-NIST Project is a collaborative large-scale digital preservation effort between SUL and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to create forensic disk images and photograp
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Using spatial-temporal visualization and Linked Data to make 20+ years of excavation results accessible. Principal Ivestigator: Ian Hodder, Department of Anthropology.
Railroad with train rounding bend as Chinese workers look on; deep ravine with river and site of Sutter's Mill, Coloma, California at right.
Understanding how Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West.
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Explore and analyze uneven distributions of natural spaces at neighborhood scale in large US cities. Principal Investigators: Jon Christensen and Michael Kahan
Cultural Heritage Imaging Professionals Conference
A meeting of digitization program managers, imaging lab professionals and imaging experts involved in large scale, high quality image digitization programs at Libraries, Archives and Museums.
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.
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The ETT identifies, tests, and assesses new and emerging technologies for the academic library environment.
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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Geography of the Post visualized 14,000 postoffices in the 19th century American West. Principal Investigator: Cameron Blevins
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This project uses digital tools to analyze and narrate the story of funeral reform and grave relocation. Faculty PI: Thomas Mullaney, History
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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.
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A network of 30,000 people, including many iconic figures in British culture, connected through family relationships. Principal Investigator: Nicholas Jenkins, English.
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.
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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.
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Explore and analyze routes and costs associated with travel and commerce in the Roman Empire. Principal Investigator: Walter Scheidel, Classics
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Palladio is a web-based platform for the visualization of complex, multi-dimensional data.
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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WEST is a collaborative, sustainable journal archiving program
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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