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 Humanities Research 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.

MemberFotios Fitsilis

Dr. Fotis Fitsilis has an academic background in law, economics and engineering. He has been active in a broad range of fields, from telecommunications and logistics to management and governance. After a career as a research engineer in Germany, he worked as Special Advisor for Business and Industry in the Greek Ministry of Development. Since 2007, he has been working in the Hellenic Parliament; initially as Scientific Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament and later as Head of the Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision in the Scientific Service. Dr. Fotis Fitsilis is currently teaching at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, Greece, and has been Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is a certified PRINCE2® practitioner and, in 2017, he founded the Hellenic OCR Team, a crowdsourcing initiative for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data.

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 (

MemberLidia Bocanegra Barbecho

Lidia Bocanegra Barbecho is senior researcher at the Contemporary History Department at Universidad de Granada (UGR) with a tenure track position. She is also the Digital Humanities responsible at Medialab UGRLaboratorio de Investigación en sociedad y cultura digital. During her postdoc, she specialized in Digital Humanities (DH), being PI of the crowdsourcing research project e-xiliad@s (funded twice by the Spanish Ministry in 2009 and 2011), where she developed a research methodology to collect internationally historical unpublished data, at digital level, from the anonymous Spanish republican exiles. This project has received the Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas’s award for the best initiative and presence in social networks 2019 through the Premios HDH 2020 call. She worked in ICT large companies in Ireland (Trend Micro Ltd. and Voxpro Communication Ltd.); she conducted also research ad teaching stays in Argentina (UNMDP), Italy (UNITUS), Cuba (CUJAE-UH) and Colombia (UMNG). Her research lines focus on citizen science in research projects in History, public participation, cultural identities, cultural heritage and exiles. She is currently PI of the research project: Co-History, recently funded by the European Programme FEDER through the Junta de Andalucía and the Universidad de Granada. She is author, co-author and editor of several scientific publications available in open access.

MemberSprugnoli Rachele

I got both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Pisa thus my academic background gave me the possibility to acquire interdisciplinary skills. In April 2018 I obtained a PhD in Information Technologies at the ICT doctoral school of the University of Trento, with a thesis on event detection and classification for the Digital Humanities. After an internship in Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) dedicated to the digitization of Renaissance books and another internship at Philips (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) working as linguistics consultant, in 2005 I moved to Trento becoming involved in Human Language Technologies projects and researches at CELCT. In that context, I have had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of corpus creation and annotation, semantic annotation of texts, and use of crowdsourcing techniques. From 2013 and 2018, I worked in the group dedicated to Digital Humanities at Fondazione Bruno Kessler: my research focused on how computational methods and technologies can be applied to the treatment of cultural content, in particular of historical texts. Currently I’m a postdoctoral researcher at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, working in the ERC project “LiLa: Linking Latin”.

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 60 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 appointments 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 outstanding support of women of color in the arts, the U-M Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, the Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Fellowship, 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.

MemberMelanie Walsh

Melanie Walsh is a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University, where she works with David Mimno’s group. She received her PhD in English & American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include digital humanities, cultural analytics, social media, and American literature & culture—preferably all of the above combined. In spring 2020, she designed and taught an undergraduate course that prepares students in the humanities to analyze cultural materials—such as books, movies, historical records, and social media posts—with digital and computational tools. The course included an introduction to the programming language Python. She is preparing to release an online textbook designed for the course in summer 2020.

MemberJason Heppler

…2, no. 1 (2018). DOI: 10.5334/kula.23
“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 Humani…

Dr. Jason Heppler is the Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History (by courtesy) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he leads initiatives in digital humanities, research data services, and digital community engagement. His 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. He earned his PhD in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has held positions at Stanford University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research and UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.