The Oriental Institute established a Computer Laboratory in July, 1990, to facilitate and encourage the use of computer technology by the faculty and staff in their analysis of the ancient Near East. The Laboratory provides faculty and staff with technical assistance in the selection, development, and operation of specific computer applications, including word processing, database management, and graphics applications. High performance computing equipment allows the computer laboratory staff to work closely with Oriental Institute archaeological expeditions to produce sophisticated computer models and graphic images of their sites.