Alan Liu is Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information(2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008). Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research in 1994. He is founder and co-leader of the 4Humanities.org advocacy initiative. Currently, he is leading the 4Humanities.org big-data, topic-modeling project titled "WhatEvery1Says" on public discourse about the humanities.