Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Jeffrey Schnapp led the Stanford Humanities Lab between 1999 and 2009. After joining the Harvard University faculty in 2011, he founded metaLAB, where he serves as faculty director as well as codirector of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Among his recent publications are Digital_Humanities (2012), The Library Beyond the Book (2014), and the pamphlet “Knowledge Design” (Herrenhausen Lectures, Volkswagen Foundation, 2014). He is the cofounder and CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward, a Boston-based company devoted to developing innovative solutions to the mobility and transportation challenges of the contemporary world.