I specialize in content management, data curation, metadata, and taxonomy development. Trained as an academic and an early participant in Digital Humanities research and development, I have extensive experience in schema development, publication workflows, interaction design, and business analysis.
I frequently work with small and medium-sized teams where roles are fluid and overlap, so you can count on me to bring strong project management and documentation skills to any project. My goal is to help organizations with rich content archives to re-evaluate and streamline their processes and get the most out of the tools and systems they use.
More information about my work can be found on the Portfolio page.
I studied Art History as a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Virginia, where I got involved in the Digital Humanities. My background in documentary editing and textual analysis led me to pursue a career working with XML-encoded texts, metadata, and taxonomies. Recently, I’ve been working with organizations in higher education and beyond to enhance their content strategy and create new initiatives based on the wealth of their digitized materials.
Freelance Content Curator and Business Analyst (May 2015 – Present)
I work with organizations (both in Charlottesville and remotely) as a data curation specialist. I can contribute to projects in need of information architecture, schema development, and search relevancy tuning, as well as data visualization using tools like Axure and Tableau.
Business Analyst / Content Analyst, Silverchair (June 2013 – April 2015)
As Content Analyst:
- Researched content needs for business migrations with journal, book and non-standard content
- Coordinated with clients and vendors to convert their backfile
- Consult as content specialist to refine the company’s content strategy, management and workflow
- Attended conferences and workshops to stay in touch with industry standards and best practices
As Business Analyst:
- Gather requirements for new implementations and other analysis tasks
- Coordinate team efforts as Scrum Master
- Consult with clients and team members on best practices for managing content
- Utilize and expand skill set in XML encoding (TEI, BITS, JATS) and DTDs, Excel, SQL and SOLR
Project Administrator, NINES (http://nines.org) 2008 – June 2013
- Oversaw the peer review and indexing workflow of sites contributing metadata to an aggregator of scholarly material
- Managed and refined the software tools developed by NINES to serve scholars engaged in digital scholarship. See NINES, Collex, and Juxta.
- Designed, developed and tested new tools for textual analysis, such as Juxta Commons and the Juxta Web Service (See User Experience Gallery.)
- Created content geared toward promoting best practices in software development and management for scholars, including demos, workshops, published articles and assorted technical writing.
- Engaged in social media advocacy for the organization.
The Rossetti Archive (http://www.rossettiarchive.org/), 2004-2008
Project Manager, 2007-2008
- Managed a team of 8-10 graduate students to encode and publish an extensive hypermedia archive of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s works.
- Utilized skills in XML, XSLT, RDF, HTML, CSS and Unix.
Senior Research Assistant and XSLT Specialist 2004-2005.
- Expert in XML text encoding and some experience with XML schemas.
- Developed skills using XSLT, ANT and Lucene to publish updates to the archive’s public website.
Imaging Specialist and Research Assistant, 2004-2005
- Negotiated and approved contracts for image use from museums and libraries worldwide.
- Processed images (microfilm, slides, photographs and digital copies) for archiving and web publication.
Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia, 2006
- Victorian Art in its European Context (seminar, Fall semester)
- “Data-driven User Experience,” DCL Webinar Series, September 17,2015. Slides | Video (requires login)
- “Using BITS for Non-standard Content,” JATS Con 2015. Proceedings | Video
- “Communities of Practice: NINES Peer Review,” Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities. European Science Foundation, September 2011, 25-26.
- “Redesigning NINES,” Journal of Victorian Culture, Volume 15, Issue 1, 01 April 2010, 145 – 149.
- “Testing NINES,” Literary and Linguistic Computing, Volume 25, Issue 4, 393-403. (link: http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/4/393.abstract)
- 2003-2011: Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia (19th-Century Art History)
- 2003: M.A. University of Virginia (Italian Renaissance Art History)
- 2000: B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Cum Laude, with Distinction)