CIDR is a diverse group technology specialists, researchers and software developers who provie a wide range of services in support of the humanities, social sciences, and related domains. The following are our key service areas:
Academic Technology Specialists
Academic Technology Specialists collaborate with faculty and staff in various campus departments and research centers, providing leadership and library-based support for innovative uses of information technology for education and research. ATSs are placed within schools, programs or departments based not simply on technical expertise, but on their deep discipline-specific backgrounds. CIDR currently has ATSs in the Departments of History and Anthropology; in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL); and in the Insitutute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). They participate in the departmental culture and share academic interests with their associated faculty and students.
Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) provides services and support to Stanford faculty, staff and students in the acquisition, curation, and preservation of social science data and the selection and use of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative analysis software. SSDS staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include consulting, workshops and help documentation. We are located in the Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC) on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing.
Humanities text provisioning and analysis support
The humanities text support service (known as hText) provides access to digital text resources for research and teaching. The team creates, procures, and stewards many important digital library text collections to ensure their usability for digital humanities and other research, and long-term preservation in the Stanford Digital Repository; hText specialists also conduct outreach, research, and teaching activities focusing on textual resources and services.
Software development and technology support for faculty research projects
CIDR’s team of digital scholarship research developers works collaboratively with Stanford-affiliated scholars on digitally enabled research projects in the humanities and social sciences. The team specializes in developing and applying web technologies and computational approaches that expand the boundaries of conventional research methods to advance new forms of scholarship. Project support consists of consulting, coordination, and software development efforts during dedicated work cycles. Previous and ongoing collaborations are listed on the Projects page.
Guiding principles for new development projects are that each should make a novel contribution to the scholar’s discipline (or disciplines) and should produce tools and methods that are generalizable and reusable. Scholars who are in the early stages of formulating a research idea are encouraged to contact us to discuss its feasibility for either a short- or long-form collaboration and to consult on its technical aspects.