Faculty

Jesse Johnston

Jesse Johnston PhotoJesse Johnston has worked with digital collections and metadata as an archivist and a grant administrator. He is a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access, and before working at NEH, he was an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. At the Smithsonian, he worked with archival audio collections, including digitization, digital asset management, metadata and description. He has taught both online and in the classroom at George Mason University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Michigan–Dearborn.

His research focuses on user practices in archives, performance of Moravian traditional music, and ethnomusicology. He has conducted field research in traditional and popular musics with communities in the Czech Republic, the Philippines, and Czech-Americans in the Upper Midwest. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship at Masaryk University. He holds a PhD in musicology and a Master of Science in Information, both from the University of Michigan.


Nicholas Proferes

nicholas_proferes_webNicholas Proferes is a post-doctoral scholar in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the iSchool, he works at the Ethics and Values in Design Lab, exploring how developers navigate policy and ethics conundrums as part of their work practices. His research primarily focuses on how technical design and policy impact user-experience of digital platforms. As part of this research agenda, he has studied topics such as Twitter users’ beliefs about information flows of the platform, how algorithm transparency relates to individual and collective power, and how users take steps to protect their privacy online. Nicholas received a B.S. from George Mason University, a Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Nicholas teaches both the Policy and Ethics for Digital Curation course and the Information Policy course in the MLIS program. His research has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, the Journal of Information Science, First Monday, and the Aslib Journal of Information Management.


Katie Shilton

Katie Shilton PhotoKatie Shilton is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information collections, systems and technologies. Current research projects include an investigation of ethics in mobile application development; a project focused on the values and policy implications of Named Data Networking, a new approach to Internet architecture; and surveys of consumer privacy expectations in the mobile data ecosystem; and investigating researchers’ ethical approaches when using online open data sets. Katie received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA (specializing in Archives & Records), and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.

The Policy for Digital Curation course combines Katie’s major interests: information policy issues, archives, and the unique challenges of preserving data and records over the long term. Digital curation can’t be accomplished without considering the social context and ethics of big data, intellectual property concerns, privacy and security concerns, and accessibility concerns.

In many of her research projects, Katie works directly with technology teams to consider policy issues at the point of design and implementation – before systems are deployed, consumers get angry or hurt, or regulators intervene. We’ll take a similar tactic in this class, thinking about how to build concern for policy and ethics directly into our professional work. The class will is based around solving real-world policy challenges, considering both technical and organizational components.


Michael Kurtz

Michael Kurtz PhotoMichael J. Kurtz is on the faculty of the College of Information Studies and is the associate director of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC). He is co-director of the College’s first post-Master’s certificate program, the Curation and Management of Digital Assets. He has served as the assistant director responsible for the Archives, Records, and Information Specialization, and as co-director of the Curation and Management of Digital Assets Specialization.

Prior to this, he worked for 37 years as a professional archivist, manager, and senior executive at the National Archives and Records Administration, retiring in 2011 as Assistant Archivist. Professor Kurtz has published extensively in the areas of American history and archival management, including America and the Return of Nazi Contraband (2006, paperback 2009), The Allied Struggle over Cultural Restitution, 1942-1947 (International Journal of Cultural Property, 2010), The Inheritance of Jewish Property (Cardozo Law Review, 1998), John Gottlieb Morris: Man of God, Man of Science (Maryland Historical Society, 1997), Emancipation in the Federal City (Civil War History, 1978), and Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (2004). He lives outside Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Cherie, and their two cats-Samson and Delilah.


Richard Marciano

Richard Marciano PhotoRichard Marciano is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).  Prior to that, Richard conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade, with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program.

His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data. He is currently the iSchool lead on a $10.5M 2013-2018 NSF/DIBBs implementation grant with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign called “Brown Dog.”  He holds degrees in Avionics and Electrical Engineering, a Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and conducted a Postdoc in Computational Geography.


Greg Jansen

Greg Jansen is the lead research software architect at the  Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), with special expertise in digital repositories and archives. He designed and built the Carolina Digital Repository, a premier repository in the field of digital preservation, housing scholarly works, research data, institutional archives, and cultural heritage material. Along the way he created the open source Curator’s Workbench to enable digital specialists to tackle a variety of data accessioning and metadata tasks themselves. He has contributed to several open source projects, including the Fedora Commons Repository. He has considerable background in software project management, knowledge bases, document engineering, and linked data.

At the DCIC Center Greg brings digital curation and analytics to bear on big data. More specifically, he helps integrate data services and tools from NCSA and others with the CIBER data infrastructure on campus, providing a platform for appraisal and experimentation at scale. His focus is on empowering people and institutions to glean meaning from their data middens, the primary site of contemporary cultural deposit.