Image Processing and Reunification Workshop
September 16 to 17, 2016
University of Maryland, College Park
About the Workshop
Kate Palmer Albers is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, where she teaches history and theory of photography, museum studies, and contemporary art. She is the author of Uncertain Histories: Accumulation, Inaccessibility, and Doubt in Contemporary Photography (University of California Press, 2015) and co-editor, with Dr. Jordan Bear, of Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts (Bloomsbury, 2017). Recent articles have addressed photography and digital abundance, multi-gigapixel photography, Gerhard Richter’s Atlas, and contemporary artists’ archival projects. Her current online writing project, Circulation/Exchange: Moving Images in Contemporary Art, is devoted to contemporary art practices that engage with intersections of physical and immaterial photographic images, and is supported by a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.
Her curatorial background includes positions in the photography departments at the Fogg Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She organized the exhibition Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies which looked at the intersection of photography, mapping, technology, and landscape, and appeared at the Sam Lee Gallery (Los Angeles, 2009) and the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ, 2010). In 2010 she participated in the NEH Summer Institute Mapping and Art in the Americas at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Examining the flip-side of her ongoing interests in archival accumulations, as they play out in both artistic and vernacular forms, Albers’s current research focuses on the role of ephemerality throughout the history of photography and proposes that the range of ways and reasons photographs disappear – whether as printed objects or digital files – offers a counterpoint to the predominant theoretical modes of understanding the medium.
Taylor Arnold is Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Richmond. A recipient of grants from the NEH and ACLS, Dr. Arnold’s research focuses on computational statistics, text analysis, image processing, and applications within the humanities. These areas are explored in the books Humanities Data in R and the forthcoming Regressing Data, in addition to many journal articles. Visiting
Ryan Baumann is a Digital Humanities Developer at the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3). His research interests include 3D and multispectral imaging, computer vision, image processing, linked open data, and optical character recognition. Recently, he has worked on developing high-quality OCR processes for printed Latin texts. He is also interested in experimenting with image alignment and processing techniques across large-scale image collections. As part of his work with the DC3 he helps maintain and develop papyri.info, an online editing platform for over 60,000 ancient papyri. Ryan is also a developer for Pleiades, an online community-built gazetteer for ancient places.
Paul Conway is associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research and teaching focuses on archival science, the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage resources, and the ethics of new technologies. His funded research projects at Michigan include, digitization of and access to live musical sound recordings, developing a model of expert user interaction with large collections of digitized photographs, modeling and measuring the quality of large scale digitization as represented in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and exploring the value of creating thematic aggregations of digitized content from multiple organizations. His methodological toolkit includes survey research, qualitative interviewing, text coding, grounded theory, and statistical data analysis. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, he was an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration and a senior administrator for the libraries at Yale and Duke universities. In 2005, he received the American Library Association’s Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award for my contributions to the preservation field. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Stephen J. Fletcher is a photographic archivist with the University of North Carolina in the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library. Fletcher’s passion for photography began in eighth grade. During the summer of 1976, he was one of twenty high school students selected to study photography at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, a highly competitive, five-week summer residential program for artistically talented high school students. His interaction with other students studying photography, painting, sculpture, creative writing, dance, music, and theater convinced him to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine art photography in 1982.
He began his archival/curatorial career in 1981 while attending RIT through an independent study at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, learning how a museum used computers to catalog its collections. He was then hired for a summer as a cataloging assistant to sort, organize, and catalog approximately 10,000 lantern slides. He completed two additional independent studies there and was hooked on museums. He then attended the John F. Kennedy University’s Center for Museum Studies in San Francisco, obtaining his Master of Arts degree in 1992.
Before his current position at UNC, to which he was appointed in 2003, he has worked at the California Historical Society from 1983 to 1988, and the Indiana Historical Society from 1988 to 2002. In 1988 he also worked as a consultant to the Sierra Club, organizing and providing access through a Hypercard database to its Library’s photographic collection.
Within SAA, Fletcher served as Visual Materials Section Chair-elect during the year for 1993-1994 and as Chair during 1994-1995. He was a steering committee member of the Metadata and Digital Objects Roundtable from August 2005 until August 2008, when he was again voted Chair-elect of the Visual Materials Section for 2008-2009, serving as Chair in 2009-2010.
While the focus of his professional career has been as a curator and an archivist, he never completely set his camera aside. He was one of twelve Indiana photographers who founded INVISION: An Alliance of Photographic Artists “to promote and advance the art of photography, and to provide a platform for photographic discourse in order to encourage the artistic growth of its members and to enrich the lives of interested persons through the experience of photography.” He has exhibited in group and one-person shows at The Photography Gallery and the Artsgarden in Indianapolis, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) in New York City, and has a photograph on permanent exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, IL.
Quint Gregory wears many hats at the University of Maryland, but spends most of his time in the Great Room of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, a space he designed and runs, collaborating with teachers, researchers and students interested in employing digital technologies to enhance their work, be it pedagogical, academic or rhetorical. Also he teaches seminars regularly for the Honors College at the University of Maryland that focus on museums and society, inspiration for which he drew from nearly a decade’s worth of work in area museums (National Gallery of Art, Walters Art Gallery) while pursuing his doctorate, a goal only accomplished after his Fulbright-fueled year of research in the Netherlands in 2000-2001.
Quint first came to the University of Maryland as a graduate student focused on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, a subject for which he retains great passion, even if he does not wade in those waters daily at present.
When not at the University Quint delights in time with his family, travels with his wife and projects that exhaust both mind and body but renew the spirit.
Kathryn Gucer is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Curation at the College of Information, University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature and Culture from Northwestern University in 2001 and has published on the history of information and information technology, the history and sociology of the book, political discourse, and reading practices in seventeenth-century England and Europe. Her currently book project, Web of Exiles, examines cross-cultural information exchange among displaced peoples in England and Europe from 1572 to 1685. Her postdoctoral work for the University of Maryland is based at the National Agricultural Library, where she builds and researches digital information resources, including the Animal Welfare Act History Digital Library for the National Agricultural Library (http://archivescollaboratory.
Jennifer Giuliano received a Bachelors of Arts in English and History from Miami University (2000), a Masters of Arts in History from Miami University (2002), and a Masters of Arts (2004) in American History from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois (2010). She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Historyand affiliated faculty in Native American Studies at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
She has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Program Manager at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2008-2010) and as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities (2010-2011) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. She most recently held a position as Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland where she also served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History and the Digital Cultures program in the Honor’s College.
Dr. Guiliano currently serves on the Executive Council (2013-2016) of the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH)and will serve as president of the organization (2016-2018). She is co-director with Trevor Muñoz of the Humanities Intensive Teaching + Learning Initiative (HILT) and as co-author with Simon Appleford of DevDH.org, a resource for digital humanities project development.
An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Guiliano recently published her monograph Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America, which traces the appropriation, production, dissemination, and legalization of Native American images as sports mascots in the late 19th and 20th centuries. She is also completing her co-authored work Getting Started in the Digital Humanities (Wiley & Sons, 2017).
Kenneth Hawkins earned his PhD in history from University of Rochester in 1991. He’s worked at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) since 1993 as an archivist and IT program manager making analog and electronic records publicly accessible, and served as NARA’s representative on the InterPARES 2 project. He compiled the first inventory of Minor White’s New Deal-era negatives for the Oregon Historical Society and was invited by the Minor White Archive at Princeton University Art Museum to join it on a project to scan, describe, and virtually integrate several contemporaneous series of negatives and prints for a CLIR access project in 2017. He is currently managing the program to transfer the electronic records of the Obama White House to the National Archives.
Graham Hukill is a Digital Publishing Librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is responsible for building and maintaining digital collections infrastructure that supports the Library and University archives mission to preserve and provide access to unique material related to Wayne State University and Detroit. Graham also teaches at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. He has experience with large-scale web archiving while working for the Internet Archive, and contributes to open-source projects focused on digital object preservation and access. He is interested in exploring how digital materials can be modeled to support ever-shifting discovery and access interfaces, with emerging standards and protocols such as the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and Linked Data Platform (LDP) quite nicely supporting this goal.
David W. Jacobs is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment in the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He received the B.A. degree from Yale University in 1982. From 1982 to 1985 he worked for CDC on data base management systems, and attended graduate school at NYU. From 1985 to 1992 he attended MIT., where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. From 1992 to 2002 he was a Research Scientist and then a Senior Research Scientist at the NEC Research Institute. In 2002, he joined the CS department at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Jacobs’ research has focused on human and computer vision, especially in the area of object recognition. He has also published articles in the areas of perceptual organization, motion understanding, memory and learning, computer graphics, human computer interaction, and computational geometry. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and Computer Vision and Image Understanding, and has assisted in the organization of many workshops and conferences, including serving as Program co-Chair for CVPR 2010. He and his co-authors received honorable mention for the best paper award at CVPR 2000. He also co-authored a paper that received the best student paper award at UIST 2003, and he and his co-authors received the best paper award at Eurographics 2016. In collaboration with researchers at Columbia University and the Smithsonian Institution he created Leafsnap, an app that uses computer vision for plant species identification. Leafsnap has been downloaded over a million times, and has been used in biodiversity studies and in many classrooms. Dr. Jacobs and his collaborators have been awarded the 2011 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for the development of Leafsnap.
Jesse Johnston is a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access. He previously worked at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where was an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections and worked on metadata and digital description for archival audio collections. His research focuses on the performance of Moravian traditional music in the Czech Republic and user access practices in audiovisual archives. 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. He previously taught musicology at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan–Dearborn. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship (2005), a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship (Masaryk University), a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. At Michigan, he also received the Margaret Mann Award (2012) and the Louise E. Cuyler Award (2008). He holds a PhD in musicology and a Master of Science in Information, both from the University of Michigan.
Richard 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). He comes from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he served as professor and director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab. Prior to that, he 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 U. Maryland 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.
Miriam Meislik currently serves as Media Curator for the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh and as an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Science. She holds memberships in the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Society of American Archivists where she is most active. In the Society of American Archivists, Miriam has served as chair, Visual Materials Section; chair, Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable; photograph editor for the Archival Fundamentals Series II; and is a past member (2012-2016) of the SAA Foundation National Disaster Fund for Archives Grant Review Committee, and the Archival Educators Roundtable Steering Committee (August 2016- present). Outside of SAA, Miriam has served as an article reviewer for Western Pennsylvania History Magazine; has been a book review contributor for the Indiana Journal of History; and authored, Historic Photographs of Pittsburgh which was published by Turner Publishing in 2008. She has presented on a wide range of topics including disaster recovery, the preservation and organization of photographic collections, and working with researchers in media collections. She is active in the Alliance for Response, Pittsburgh chapter serving as chair, (2014-2015; 2011-2012) and vice-chair (2013). Research interests include, analog and digital preservation of photographic and moving image archives; researcher use of media collections including issues surrounding copyright; disaster recovery and response. Miriam is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.
Trevor Muñoz is Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He works to foster digital projects that involve close collaboration between librarians, archivists, and other digital humanities researchers. As part of this work, he has written, spoken, and consulted about the strategic opportunities and challenges of doing digital humanities work within the institutional and cultural structures of academic research libraries. Muñoz holds an MA in Digital Humanities from the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and an MS in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves as a core team member for the “Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture” (AADHum) initiative.
Kyle Parry is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he teaches across digital media, visual culture, art history, and the environmental humanities. His current research focuses on the histories, politics, and potentials of digital and visual documentary responses to events of environmental violence. Other projects in development concern histories of photographic hyper-production as well as issues of scaffolding and performativity in digital technology and pedagogy. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as Principal and Doctoral Researcher with metaLAB at Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in Visual and Environmental Studies and Critical Media Practice. As a researcher with metaLAB, and subsequently as a Mellon/CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester in 2015-2016, he collaborated on several projects in the digital arts and humanities, including Visualizing the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (working title) and the Japan Disaster Archive, as well as the workshops Experimental Teaching as Design Practice and Beautiful Data: Telling Stories About Art with Open Collections.
Ricky Punzalan is assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on archives and digital curation. His area of research includes understanding the relationship of archives and collective memory, the politics and dynamics of digitization decision-making in collaborative and inter-institutional settings, and the uses and users of digitized archival images. He also examines ‘virtual reunification’ as a strategy to provide integrated access to dispersed ethnographic archival images online. He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. In addition to an MLIS from the University of the Philippines, he completed two certificates of graduate studies at Michigan, one in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and another in Museum Studies. Prior to his doctoral work at Michigan, he taught on the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. His articles have been published in Archives and Manuscripts, Archivaria, and Archival Science.
Gina Rappaport is the Photo Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA). As such, she is responsible for all aspects of managing the NAA’s photograph collections, including appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, and collection development. As the Head Archivist, she is the main point of contact for questions regarding acquisitions, tours, loans, and other archives matters. Before joining the Smithsonian in 2009, Gina was a project archivist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pribilof Project Office where she co-authored The Pribilof Islands, a Guide to Photographs and Illustrations, a publication on historical visual resources relating to Pribilof Islands History. Prior to this Gina worked as a project archivist for a variety of individuals and institutions, including the University of Washington, The National Park Service, and the Winthrop Group. Gina’s research and professional interests orient on the integration of archival theory into practice, especially with respect to the management of photographic collections, and the responsive and respectful care of collections relating to indigenous communities. Gina received her MA in history and archival studies from Western Washington University in 2007.
Originally from London, Ontario, Josh Romphf is currently a programmer in the River Campus Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Romphf specializes in video encoding, image processing / computer vision, multimedia preservation, and fabrication / physical computing. In addition to his work in the Digital Scholarship Lab, he teaches courses on video encoding in the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.
Ed Summers is Lead Developer at MITH. Ed has been working for two decades helping bridge the worlds of libraries and archives with the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University. He is also a PhD student in the UMD iSchool.
Prior to joining MITH Ed helped build the Repository Development Center (RDC) at the Library of Congress. In that role he led the design and implementation of the NEH funded National Digital Newspaper Program’s web application, which provides access to 8 million newspapers from across the United States. He also helped create the Twitter archiving application that has archived close to 500 billion tweets (as of September 2014). Ed created LC’s image quality assurance service that has allowed curators to sample and review over 50 million images. He served as a member of the Semantic Web Deployment Group at the W3C where he helped standardize SKOS, which he put to use in implementing the initial version of LC’s Linked Data service.
Before joining the Library of Congress Ed was a software developer at Follett Corporation where he designed and implemented knowledge management applications to support their early ebook efforts. He was the fourth employee at Cheetahmail in New York City, where he led the design of their data management applications. And prior to that Ed worked in academic libraries at Old Dominion University, the University of Illinois and Columbia University where he was mostly focused on metadata management applications.
Ed likes to use experiments to learn about the Web and digital curation. Examples of this include his work with Wikipedia on Wikistream (which helps visualize the rate of change on Wikipedia); and congressedits, which allows Twitter users to follow edits being made to Wikipedia from the Congress. Some of these experiments are social, such as his role in creating the code4lib community, which is an international, cross-disciplinary group of hackers, designers and thinkers in the digital library space. You can find out more about what Ed is up to by following his blog, his Twitter stream, or his software development activity on Github.
Lauren Tilton is Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond and member of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Her current book project focuses on participatory media in the 1960s and 1970s. She is the Co-PI of the Participatory Media, which interactively engages with and presents participatory community media from the 1960s and 1970s. She is also co-director of Photogrammar, a web-based platform for organizing, searching and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). She is the co-author of Humanities Data in R (Springer, 2015). She is co-chair of the American Studies Association’s Digital Humanities Caucus.
Laura Wexler is Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Co-Chair of the Women’s Faculty Forum at Yale. She holds an affiliation with the Film Studies Program, the Program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and the Public Humanities Program. She chaired the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program from 2003-2007. In 1999 she founded, and she continues to direct, the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale. From 2007 to the present she has been a Principal Investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization Project, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation as well as a grant from the William and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Wexler’s scholarship centers upon intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class with film and photography in the United States, from the nineteenth century to the present. Her book, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism, won the Joan Kelley Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory. She is co-author, with Sandra Matthews, of Pregnant Pictures, and co-editor, with Laura Frost, Amy Hungerford and John MacKay, of Interpretation and the Holocaust. Her most recent publication is No Doubt the Cubans! in A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors (Harvard University Press, 2009). Currently she is working on a monograph entitled The Awakening of Cultural Memory, using historical photographs as a source of resistance to the politics of white supremacy in the formation of contemporary American reading practices. In addition, she is composing a volume of essays entitled “The Look, the Gaze and the Relay Race: Photography and Everyday Memory”, exploring of the work of Diane Arbus, Roman Vishniac, Randolf Linsly Simpson, and the F.S.A./O.W.I. photographers, among others. Professor Wexler has served on the Editorial Boards of The Little Magazine, American Quarterly, Genders, and the Yale Journal of Criticism. She is a current Fellow of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University, a former Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Muriel Gardiner Society for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, and the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Professor Wexler completed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, having also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied photography. She holds M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. Besides Yale University, she has taught at Columbia University, Amherst College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Peking University where, in Fall, 2008, she taught courses on Women’s Studies and on the History of Photography.