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What contributions are made by research in the digital humanities, and why should it be vigorously pursued? One reason is that digital technologies now pervade our lives to the extent that they are fundamentally, yet in some ways unnoticeably, changing how we think, feel, act and interact. In a word, what technology now offers is redefining what it means to be human, and researchers at Cambridge and elsewhere have increasingly attempted to gauge the implications of that redefinition while harnessing the power offered by technology for exploring, defining and embodying new forms of knowledge and insight about the human condition. The following summaries of Cambridge DH research initiatives indicate how this has been done in the past – but they are only a sample of the work being conducted at the University, often in collaboration with partners from around the world.