MemberSamantha Blickhan

…Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library (Zooniverse partnership with the Boston Public Library, built as part of the IMLS-funded “Transforming Libraries and Archives Through Crowdsourcing” project)

Scribes of the Cairo Geniza (Zooniverse partnership with University of Pennsylvania Libraries, built as part of the IMLS-funded “Transforming Libraries and Archives Through Crowdsourcing” project)…
…Jessica BrodeFrank, Samantha Blickhan, and Becky Rother. “Crowdsourcing Knowledge: Interactive Learning with Mapping Historic Skies.” MuseWeb 2019: Selected Papers and Proceedings from an International Conference (April 2-9, 2019).

Helen Spiers, Alexandra Swanson, Lucy Fortson, Brooke Simmons, Laura Trouille, Samantha Blickhan, and Chris Lintott. “Everyone Counts? Design Considerations in Online Citize…

I’m the IMLS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Adler Planetarium, and Humanities Lead for Zooniverse. I received my Ph.D. in Musicology from Royal Holloway, University of London, with a thesis on the paleography of British song notation in the 12th and 13th centuries. Though I trained as a musicologist, I’m also a specialist in paleography and manuscript studies, and now I help researchers build crowdsourcing projects on Zooniverse. I’m currently researching best practices in crowdsourced text transcription, but I’m also interested in machine learning, particularly Handwritten Text Recognition. Advocate for open access, accessibility, & education for all. She/her.

MemberDaniel Powell

Daniel Powell is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editing Initial Training (DiXiT) Network, a Marie Curie Action funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Based at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, he researchers collaborative knowledge creation, social editing practices, and crowdsourcing. Powell is also a Doctoral Candidate in English at the University of Victoria, where he has for a number of years been affiliated with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab ( At both institutions, he has worked extensively on issues of graduate training and mentorship; historicising patterns of academic behaviour; systemic discussion of university development; and large-scale digital projects. He is a member of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Information Technology, Project Manager for the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Renaissance Knowledge Network, and editor (along with Melissa Dalgleish) of Graduate Training in the 21st Century, a project within the agenda-setting #Alt-Academy collection on MediaCommons ( 

MemberGreg Prickman

Beginning in July, 2018 I will be the Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Since 2006 I have been at Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries. During my tenure at the University of Iowa, I have prioritized making collections accessible to contemporary audiences. I was the instigator of DIY History (, a crowdsourcing transcription project for Civil War diaries and other digitized manuscripts, and the creator and lead developer of The Atlas of Early Printing (, a digital, publicly accessible map depicting the development of printing in Europe in the 15th century that uses GIS mapping. Other projects have included the digitization of more than 10,000 science fiction, fantasy, and horror fanzines from the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection; renovation of the UI Libraries exhibition gallery; significant increases in instructional use of the collections; preservation and digitization of reel-to-reel data tapes from the Explorer satellites, first launched in 1958; and an innovative focus on social media and special collections. Under my leadership, recent acquisitions to the library’s collections include the Gallup family papers, the Tom Brokaw papers, and the Brinton Collection of Early Film. I appear in a 2017 documentary featuring this  collection entitled Saving Brinton (

MemberTiffany Ng

Tiffany Ng is assistant professor of Carillon and University carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An energetic advocate of diversity in contemporary music, she has premiered or revived over forty works by emerging and established composers from Yvette Janine Jackson to Augusta Read Thomas, pioneered models for interactive “crowdsourced” carillon performances and environmental data-driven sound installations with Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Ed Campion, Ken Goldberg, John Granzow, and Laura Steenberge, and through her composer collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including the 2018 University of Chicago Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, 2018 Canberra Carillon Festival, 2017 University of Michigan Bicentennial, UC Berkeley 2015 Campanile Centennial, Stanford 2014 CCRMA anniversary festival, 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens-Florida, 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation. Dr. Ng’s previous positions include visiting professor of Music History at St. Olaf College, associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, and instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester. Her musicology dissertation, “The Heritage of the Future: Historical Keyboards, Technology, and Modernism,” explores the carillon and organ in terms of music technology, the Early Music movement, and the Cold War in America and the Netherlands, drawing on media studies, urban planning, legal history, and the history of military electronics to reevaluate the Organ Reform Movement and the postwar use of carillons as diplomatic and urban planning technologies. Ng holds a licentiate diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a PhD from UC Berkeley where she studied with Richard Taruskin (musicology and new media), a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with William Porter (organ), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (English and music). She is a former special exhibit curator at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, former assistant director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York, author of the multimedia catalog of the Municipal Carillon Museum of Mechelen, Belgium, and currently serves on advisory boards for the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, and Organ Historical Society. Ng’s awards include the Shirley Verrett Award for the support of women of color in the arts, the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship for Carillon Studies, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies paper award, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.

MemberJason Heppler

…Journal Articles

“Green Dreams, Toxic Legacies: Toward a Digital Political Ecology of Silicon Valley,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2017): 68–85. DOI: 10.3366/ijhac.2017.0179
“Crowdsourcing Public Digital History,” co-author with Gabriel Wolfenstein, The American Historian, March 2015.
“A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn,” co-author with Alex Galarza and Douglas Seefeldt, Journal of Digital Humanities, December 2012…

I am a historian of American urban environmental and twentieth-century United States history working on computational and spatial methods. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I lead initiatives in digital humanities and digital community engagement. I am also affiliated faculty with Humanities+Design at Stanford University. My first book, tentatively titled Suburban by Nature: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics, explores the postwar growth of the cities of Silicon Valley and the ways that their growth not only led to ecological disaster but introduced social inequality. While Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies were imagined as a clean and green alternative to industrialization, the growth, manufacturing, and economic activity introduced challenges to the region’s wildlife and its residents. Suburban by Nature looks at how local communities confronted these challenges and offers a case study for other high-tech regions seeking to balance nature and city.

MemberStephen A. Ross

… in A Passage to India” Twentieth-Century Literature. 63.1 (Fall 2015).
Co-auth with Jentery Sayers. (2014) “Modernism and Digital Humanities” Literature Compass. 11/9 (2014): 625–633.
Co-auth with Alex Christie, and Jentery Sayers. (2014) “Expert/Crowdsourcing for the Linked Modernisms Project.” Scholarly and Research Communication, 5(4): 0401186, 11 pp.
“A Response to Michael O’Driscoll” The Global Review 1.1 (2013). 31-7.
“The Ghost of Ethics in the Modernist Short Story” in Etudes Brit…

I work on literary modernism and global modernism across the arts, as well as Theory (with a capital “t”). I’ve published a couple of books on modernism and theory, and a few articles as well.

MemberAmelia Chesley

I have a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University. My research and teaching both engage with online communities of participatory knowledge-making and creative work, particularly volunteer groups and projects. I am also interested in intellectual property, remix culture, transdisciplinarity, and digital rhetorics. I teach technical communication at Northwestern State University of Lousiana. Outside of academia, I’ve worked as a graphic designer, web developer, librarian, and editorial assistant. When I have time, I also record audiobooks with LibriVox.

MemberSharon Leon

“Build, Iterate, and Generalize: Community Transcription of the Papers of the War Department and the Development of Scripto,” in Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage, edited by Mia Ridge (Ashgate, 2014).
“Oral History in the Digital Age,” in The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, edited by Donald A. Ritchie (Oxford University Press, 2010). Co-authored with Sheila Brennan, et a…

Sharon M. Leon is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, where she is developing projects on digital public history and digital networking projects related to enslaved communities in Maryland. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997 and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her first book, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, was published by University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, Leon spent over thirteen years at George Mason University’s History Department at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as Director of Public Projects, where she oversaw dozens of award-winning collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. Leon continues to serve as the Director of the Omeka web publishing platform.

MemberSheila A Brennan

…s (, and affiliated projects, (, Omeka Everywhere, and Omeka-S
Transcribing and Linking Early American Records with Scripto and Omeka: Primary Investigator and Director, 2017-19: Grant to upgrade and redesign the crowdsourcing tool, Scripto, for Omeka S
Papers of the War Department Digital Edition: Primary Investigator and Director, 2017-18: Grant to sustain and extend the work of the legacy digital documentary edition through upgrading the interface and increasing …

I am a digital public historian and a program officer. I am the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media where I also worked as a Research Associate Professor in History and Art History at George Mason University. My newest publication, Stamping American Memory: Collectors, Citizens, and the Post, is available as an open access digital and print monograph from the University of Michigan’s Digital Culture Books series. It offers the first cultural history of stamp collecting through closely examining the Post Office’s commemorative stamp program. Designed to be saved as souvenirs, commemoratives circulated widely and stood as miniature memorials to carefully selected snapshots from the American past that also served the political needs of small interest groups. I began my career working in public museums, and served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years before I came to RRCHNM in 2005. At the Center, I directed and managed 30+ projects. The first project that I managed and worked on from start to finish was the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. After HDMB, I became part of the original Omeka team (2007-present), and continued to work on many other digital humanities and cultural heritage projects. I have experience teaching, and leading and developing workshops that introduce digital humanities methods to scholars, GLAM professionals, and graduate students. I received my PhD in American and digital history from Mason, and earned an MA from the University of Notre Dame and BA from Bates College in American Studies. My research interests include public history, digital history, collecting practices, how museums use the web and digital platforms, museums and material culture, memory and memorialization, and US cultural history. I have co-authored essays on teaching the history of technology, doing oral history in the digital age, as well as white papers focused on developing digital public history projects and on increasing digital literacies of mid-career scholars. I have contributed to edited collections, including Debates in Digital Humanities 2016 and two volumes published by Smithsonian Institution Press. My dissertation, “Stamping American Memory: Stamp Collecting in the U.S. 1880s-1930s,” earned the 2010 Moroney Prize for Scholarship in Postal History. In 2012, I was awarded the University of Michigan Press-HASTAC Prize for Digital Humanities to create a new web project, Stamping American Memory, an open peer-reviewed, open access digital book and publication with University of Michigan Press. I present on topics in digital humanities and museums, online collecting, postal history, and digital public history.