Project Participants

David A. Wallace, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Information and is the specialization coordinator in the Archives and Records Management specialization in the Master of Science in Information program. Wallace's major areas of research include investigations into the connections between archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; the role of archives in enabling and denying accountability; and computerization of government records. Wallace had taught at the School of Information from fall 1997 through the winter 2004 term. He then became a visiting faculty member at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has authored more than 45 publications and given over 50 presentations at professional forums on recordkeeping and accountability; freedom of information; government secrecy; professional ethics; electronic records management; graduation archival education; information infrastructures; and, cultural heritage on the Web. He is co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (Westport, Connecticut: Quorum Books, 2002), and served as the series technical editor to the National Security Archive's The Making of U.S. Policy series (Chadwyck-Healy & National Security Archive, 1989-1992), where he also served as their records/systems/database manager. In 2001 he received ARMA International's Britt Literary Award for best article in the peer-reviewed Information Management Journal. Wallace has consulted widely, including associations with the South Africa History Archive, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. His current projects include archiving cultural continuity in post-genocidal Rwanda, assessing the social justice impact of archives, and exploration into the archival dimensions of Wikileaks. He has a current grant from UM’s African Studies Center examining the archiving of cultural continuity in post-genocidal Rwanda.

Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D., is Professor at the School of Information and teaches in the Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information specializations in the Master of Science in Information program. Before joining the SI faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of archival and records management settings. Her research interests include user needs, user-based evaluation, and access to archival materials, particularly in the digital realm. Currently, she is working on an Institute for Museum and Library Services-funded research project, Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse which is examining data reuse and digital preservation in three disciplinary communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Yakel has published widely in major archival journals, including American Archivist, Archivaria, and Archival Science. Yakel is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and has won numerous awards for her research and writing in the area of archives. On this grant, Yakel is a co-Principal investigator. She will develop the curricular modules for Access Systems for Archival Materials, Web Archiving, and Digital Preservation. She will also assist in planning the evaluation component.

Paul Conway, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Information. He has taught and lectured extensively in the preservation and archives fields and has made major contributions over the past thirty years to the literature on preservation management, archival users and use, and digital imaging technologies. His research interests include the challenges of representing and interpreting visual and textual resources in digital form, ethics and information technology, and quality issues in large scale book digitization, particularly in the context of emerging interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities. He has held leadership positions at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Society of American Archivists, Yale University, and Duke University. In 2005, Conway received the American Library Association's Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award for his contributions to the preservation field. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Margaret Hedstrom, Ph.D., is Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research. She teaches in the areas of archives, electronic records management, and digital preservation. Her current research in collaboration with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and funded by the National Science Foundation investigates incentives for producers to create “archive-ready” data and deposit them in an archive. Previously, she was project director for the CAMiLEON Project, an international research project that investigated the feasibility of emulation as a digital preservation strategy. She was the lead author of It’s About Time: Research Challenges in Digital Archiving and Long-tem Preservation, a report of a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Library of Congress. Dr. Hedstrom has been an advocate for digital preservation nationally and internationally for almost 30 years. Currently, she is a member the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board to the Library of Congress, and previously served on the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, U.S. Department of State. She recently served on the ACLS Commission on Cyber-Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Before joining the Michigan faculty in 1995, she was Chief of State Records Advisory Services and Director of the Center for Electronic Records at the New York State Archives and Records Administration. Hedstrom is a fellow of the Society of American Archivists and recipient of a Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award from the University of Michigan for her work with archives and cultural heritage preservation in South Africa and the Pilgrim Trust, Digital Preservation Award, Special Commendation, for the CAMiLEON Project, 2004.

SI Computing. Two individuals, John Lockard and Franz Agas, are participating in the project. Lockard is a Linux and OS-X server specialist who will prepare the server for operation, provide on-going server management, and set up a majority of the tools on the server. He has experience with the two of the digital access tools targeted by this project (Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon) already. Agas is a Microsoft server and Sharepoint expert. He will assist with setting up Sharepoint and provide support for the use of this application. Both are able to help us experiment with different configurations for virtualization of the applications to provide very specific guidance for other educational programs implementing these applications. Both will assist in writing the parts of the website concerning server set up and tool deployment.

Ryan Clement graduated from UMSI Master' program in 2012, following a Tailored specialization focused on Library and Information Services and Human-Computer Interaction. He assisted faculty during the project, with specific duties assigned weekly, as work on different courses and tools proceeded. Duties included website development and maintenance, technical documentation, and assisting in deploying the tools and testing in-class exercises or assignments using the tools. This position was formerly held by Annelise Doll, Steve Cherry, and Brian Wilson. Jasmin Koo served as technical consultant for tools implementation for several courses under the project.

Steve Cohen, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Research Professor at Michigan State University, where he works closely with MATRIX, the Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online. Cohen has participated in a number of different humanities-related projects as an educational consultant, designer, and evaluator of projects in museums. He has also worked on designing interactive simulations to support textbooks in American Politics and History.


Mark Kornbluh, Ph.D., is Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Kornbluh is also the principal investigator on a wide range of grant-funded research and educational projects. He has spoken at conferences around the world on a wide range of digital humanities issues, and has served as an advisor and/or evaluator for several funding agencies on digital projects.

Christopher (Cal) Lee, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, resource selection and evaluation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules. His primary area of research is the long-term curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods (e.g. digital forensics, web archiving, automated implementation of policies) into professional practice.

Nancy Y. McGovern, Ph.D., is Head of Curation and Preservation Services at MIT Libraries. She has more than 25 years experience with the preservation of digital content. Before joining MIT, she was Digital Preservation Officer at the the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. She also served as a digital preservation manager and researcher at Cornell University Library, the Open Society Archives in Budapest, and the Center for Electronic Records at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Richard Pearce-Moses is Director of Clayton State University's Master of Archival Studies Program. Before that her serves as Deputy Director for Technology and Information Resources, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and is a former President of the Society of American Archivists. Pearce-Moses is an internationally recognized advocate for the development of digital curation skills in the information professions, particularly archives and records management. He is the principal investigator on the Persistent Digital Archives and Library System (PeDALS) project, funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress and played a key role in the founding of the DigIn program at the University of Arizona. Pearce-Moses is the author of A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology (Society of American Archivists, 2005).

Abby Smith, Ph.D., is a historian and consulting analyst with special interest in the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record by humanities researchers; the impact of digital information technologies on cultural heritage institutions; and the evolving role of information as a public good. She was director of programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington DC, has worked with the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), and was an advisor to the ACLS Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of Virginia. She holds a doctoral degree in history from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She has published widely on digital preservation and access issues. Smith was selected for the advisory board because of her broad experience in the field and her knowledge of humanities cyberinfrastructure.

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