SNAC
Project Team

Terry Catapano is a Special Collections Analyst at the Columbia University Library. He will be a Code and Documentation Reviewer and will evaluate the XSLT code and documentation developed in the project.

Rachael Hu, User Experience Design Manager, California Digital Library (CDL), will consult with Tingle and Turner on user experience/design work and specifications for end user access and the delivery layer, and coordinate and conduct formal usability testing on the prototype user access system.

Ray Larson, Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, will be responsible for extracting names from discursive text; matching, merging, and enhancement of authority records; and mapping data documenting relations among named entities into RDF.

Project Co-Director Worthy Martin is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Acting Director of IATH and has been one of the prime information architects on numerous digital humanities projects through IATH. He will oversee the development of the NLP/NER programs used in name and data extraction, date normalization and timeline-map display. He will also collaborate with Pitti, Larson, and programmers in the design and development of NLP/NER programs for personal, corporate, family, and geographic names.

Project Director Daniel Pitti is Associate Director of IATH and the chief technical architect of both the EAD and EAC-CPF standards. In addition to his work with archives and libraries, he has extensive experience in the design and implementation of scholar-driven humanities research projects that employ advanced technologies. He will be responsible for overall supervision and coordination of the project and will contribute archival, authority control, and technological expertise in the development of the open-source software and prototype access system.

Tom Laudeman, software engineer with IATH. He is the author of numerous web applications and data crunching pipelines, which are complemented by his background in online gaming, user interface, design, and display of large data sets. For the SNAC project (working closely with Daniel) he has created, tested, and documented an open source software library of XSLT (and Perl) scripts to create EAC-CPF.

Sara Sprenkle, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Washington and Lee University, will be a Code and Documentation Reviewer and will evaluate code and documentation developed in the project.

Brian Tingle, Technical Lead, Digital Special Collections, California Digital Library (CDL), will develop the public prototype resource and access system. He will conduct and lead user experience/design work to develop specifications for end user access/delivery layer, and provide programming support to implement the Extensible Text Framework (XTF) for use with resulting archival records, including XTF configuration and deployment and programming and web production support to build and implement access/delivery layer with XTF.

Adrian Turner, Data Consultant, Digital Special Collections, California Digital Library (CDL), will be responsible for coordinating CDL's project planning and will conduct quality control checking of EAC records to ensure that they meet prototype public access system requirements. He will also assist with development of access/delivery specifications and usability testing of the prototype user access system.

Sarah Wells, Scholarly and Technical Communications Officer for IATH, will be the Project Coordinator. She will coordinate relations and communication with data providers and among project collaborators, assist in planning of meetings, and coordinate and edit documentation

Katherine Wisser, Assistant Professor, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, will be a Quality Review Consultant. She will evaluate the accuracy of the extraction, matching, and merging processing based on a statistical valid sample and provide evaluation results to the project team for use in enhancing methods and identifying “safe” matching “thresholds.”

Krishna Janakiraman, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. Janakirman is a graduate student at the School of Information.

Tom Lynch, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Lynch is a graduate student at GSLIS.

Yiming Liu, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. Liu is a graduate student at the School of Information.

Advisory Board

2012-2014

Ed Ayers is President of the University of Richmond, Historian of U.S. History, and Director of the Valley of the Shadow project.

Michael Fox is the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (retired).

Alan Liu is Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of the Research-oriented Social Networks (RoSE) project.

Susan Perdue is Director of Documents Compass, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and People of the Founding Era project.

Kenneth Price is Professor, Department of English and Co-director of Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, and Co-editor of the Walt Whitman Archive.

Michael Rush is an archivist with the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, and Co-chair of the SAA Standards Committee, Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Description.

Jerry Simmons is National Archives and Records Administration, and member of the SAA Standards Committee, Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Context.

Anne Van Camp is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

2010-2012

Jodi Allison-Bunnell is Program Manager at Northwest Digital Archives, Orbis Cascade Alliance.

Scot French is the Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia.

Edward Gaynor is Head of Collection Development and Description at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Mary Lacy is Manuscript Librarian, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Michelle Light is Archivist and Acting Head of Special Collections and Archives, Libraries at the University of California, Irvine.

Institutions

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia
• Project management

School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
• Development of software to extract and derive EAC-CPF records from EAD finding aids
• Development of software to match the derived EAC-CPF records against one another to identify and merge duplicates. Will also match the resulting set of EAC-CPF records against authority records in the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) and the Getty Vocabulary Program Union List of Artists' Names (ULAN).

California Digital Library
• Development of prototype access system