Thanks for dropping by. I started my career as a historian focusing on the expansion of the colonial frontier in Virginia, looking at a neighborhood in the Borden Land Grant named Timber Ridge which was first settled in 1737.
I attended graduate school at William and Mary and worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as an intern in their Department of Historical Research. I continued working there after graudate school as an associate historian and database administrator. Working closely with the Rockefeller Library Archives, we set out to digitize architectural research reports, the library’s collection of 17th and 18th century materials, build historic maps of the town, and databases of court records for use by larger scholarly audiences.
During my time at the Foundation, I became really interested in technology to make my life easier. I became a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) and took a position with the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. There I worked on improving the server infrastructure of the library, implementing an institutional repository, building a computer graphics and scientific visualization center, and numerous digital humanities projects. I also contributed to the VuFind project as one of the first contributors, as well as what has become Project Blacklight and SolrMarc.
I’m currently the Head of Reseach & Development at the University of Virginia Library’s Scholars’ Lab. Since joining in 2009, I’ve lead teams working on projects like Neatline, implementing geospatial search and discovery, and starting the Praxis Program. I have mentored numerous graduate students through the Praxis and DH Fellows programs, taught early career humanities scholars about programming at Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, and taught in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Virginia.
Scholars’ Lab not only writes software and mentors graduate students, it also manages a lot of software projects that have been going on at the University of Virginia since the 90s. One of the things you need to do every so often is shift platforms that you use in your infrastructure. When I arrived at the Scholars’ Lab six years ago, one of the big projects that was underway was dealing with all of the text that had accumulated various servers. To help get a handle on the projects, lots of people started using source control management software to start keeping track of changes (and recover more quickly if files were accidently deleted). At the time, Subversion was the best option, so a big push was made…
Head of Research & Development @ Scholars’ Lab, working on geospatatial projects like Neatline and Geoblacklight; mentoring graduate fellows; teaching software development, photogrammetry, 3D visualization, and spatial interpretation.
Emerging Technology Coordinator @ the Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Worked on next-generation library search interfaces (vufind, Project Blacklight, helped implement computer graphics and scientific visualization center, and implemented institutional repository infrastructure.
Research Assistant @ the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Historical Research working on digitizing the Foundation’s collection of 17th and 18th century manuscripts, digital mapping, and artifact database.
Master of Arts @ the College of William & Mary in History. My research focused on wealth distribution on the Virginia frontier during the US Colonial period.
Bachelor of Arts @ Virginia Military Institute in History and a minor in Business. Graduated with Honors and Distinction.
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