Daniel Powell (Convener) 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 (http://etcl.uvic.ca/). 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 (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/graduate-training-21st-century). Having completed an AB at a small, Southern liberal arts college in the United States, undertaken postgraduate research in Canada, and now positioned at a global leader in digital scholarship, Powell is in a position to bring broad, comparative knowledge of multiple institutions and countries to bear on discussions of evaluation, credit, collaboration, and pedagogy.
Eric Dye is a photographer, graphics designer, and journalist, as well as an undergraduate in liberal studies at Penn State, The Behrend College. He works at The Behrend Beacon as the Creative Director and Opinion Editor. He has spent over 8 years independently studying photography and is now using those skills for portraiture, photojournalism, and running a small business. Eric also regularly blogs about photography at etdphotography.com. He attended the ACP National College Journalism Convention in Fall 2012 and Spring 2015. Supported by funding from the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship at Penn State Erie, he will be conducting research in the summer of 2015 to review and analyse the history of the locomotive industry in Erie, Pennsylvania. This research will be compiled and represented through a photo essay to be disseminated through the 12th Street Project and hosted by the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab. This project seeks to provide a resource for the past and future members of the locomotive industry on behalf of the local community as well as inspire new industry enthusiasm. Dye brings an undergraduate perspective to the working group, based on involvement with the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab and independent entrepreneurial activity.
Dene Grigar is a Professor and Director of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature. This research relies on a deep knowledge of media production and is expressed through traditional publications (e.g. essays, articles, chapters) but also through varied activities involving curated exhibits and multimedia design. Her work has historically found itself at the cusp of changes wrought by the evolving notions of literature and associated literary activities as they are impacted by digital media and, so, has been continuously evolving in response to technological and cultural considerations. As Director of an academic program in a new and emerging field, Grigar has had to find ways to credential faculty, demonstrate scholarly viability of collaborative research, and develop assessment documents that evaluate excellence. She brings 25 years of teaching experience in higher education to our working group.
Jacob Heil is the Andrew W. Mellon Digital Scholar for the Five Colleges of Ohio, a consortium comprised of the College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. As part of this grant-funded initiative, he works with faculty, librarians, educational technologists, and students to design and carry out digital pedagogical projects. In scale, these range from simple digital collections through to TEI-encoded editions to GIS-enabled, mobile-ready presentation of historical maps. In his previous role as the project manager for the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP; http://emop.tamu.edu/) in Texas A&M University’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), Jacob coordinated the first phase of eMOP’s international, inter-institutional collaboration designed to teach machines to read early printed materials. While his formal scholarly training is in book history and early modern English drama, he has found his way to managing large-scale collaborative efforts and, with the Five Colleges, to fostering collaboration by helping to build up a culture for which digital pedagogies and scholarship are sewn into the fabric of the liberal arts campus. Currently, in addition to working through his own questions about early modern drama and print history, he is invested in thinking through the ways in which the digital cultures of small liberal arts colleges and consortia can inform those of larger, research-intensive institutions.
Aaron Mauro is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is the director of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab at Behrend. The Lab currently oversees three research projects, including the EULA Tool, the 12th Street Project, and the Hammermill Archive. As co-chair of the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology program at Penn State Erie, he teaches regularly on diverse topics relating to digital culture, computational text analysis, and scholarly communication. His articles on U.S. literature and culture have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Symploke among others. He has also published on issues relating to digital humanities in both Digital Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly. Mauro will bring a unique perspective that bridges research, teaching, curriculum development, knowledge mobilisation, and collaboration with the scope and spirit of the liberal arts.
Bridget Jenkins is an English and Professional Writing major at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in the class of 2016. She is currently the managing editor at her college newspaper, The Behrend Beacon, a position that allowed her to travel to recently Los Angeles for the Associated Collegiate Press College Journalism Conference. In the summer of 2015, she will be conducting research on the Masonic Temple of Erie, PA. Working in conjunction with the 12th Street Project, her work will be published in a collection that aims to record the history, culture, and contemporary voices of those living in the Erie area. Jenkins’ multimedia project will include a visual and oral history of the Masonic Temple, a building which represents a prime example of early 20th century architecture and the economic and cultural prosperity that made such structures possible. She argues that this building represents an enduring link between the early 1900s and today.
Sarah Potvin is the Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Office of Scholarly Communication of the Texas A&M University Libraries, where she holds the rank of Assistant Professor. Her recent scholarly work has examined the sociotechnical infrastructure behind digital scholarship, a category that encompasses community-building and norms, evaluative structures (ranging from formal promotion & tenure guidelines to the use of bibliometrics and altmetrics as proxies), and the development of platforms and policies. This focus is reflected in her work as a founding co-editor of dh+lib (http://acrl.ala.org/dh/); her more localised involvement with the Texas A&M digital humanities working group (co-convener), Texas Digital Library Metadata community group (chair), and the Texas A&M Libraries’ digital asset management system assessment task force (chair) and digital scholarship/media promotion & tenure guidelines task force; and membership, past and present, in international program committees for the Digital Humanities, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and the DSpace User Group (Open Repositories) conferences (as well as an organiser of unconferences). She has been employed in research-related positions since she was 16, most often with titles like ‘research assistant,’ ‘research analyst,’ and ‘editorial assistant,’ affording a view of authorship norms across multiple disciplines and settings, within and outside of formal university structures.
Raymond G. Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science. He is founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, among the first open access academic e-journals, and his publications include, among others, Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Humanities (with Susan Schreibman and John Unsworth), Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS, and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (with Kenneth Price). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and serves as Vice President / Director of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Research Dissemination, recently serving also as Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations’ Steering Committee, the MLA Committee on Information Technology, and the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. Siemens brings a deep knowledge of institutional practices related to digital humanities, extensive experience with tenure & promotion practices for non-traditional scholarship, and a firsthand perspective on mentoring students in praxis-based settings.