A sketch of a Connemara laborer by nineteenth-century artist Henry Coulter.

Nicholas Wolf

Data + History

About Me

I am a research data management librarian at New York University's Division of Libraries and an affiliated faculty at Glucksman Ireland House. I currently serve as co-head of the Library's Data Services department and as associate director of research and publishing initiatives at Ireland House.

Current Contributions

Here are a few initiatives I currently participate in:

HathiTrust Digital Library logo.

I currently help out on the Digital Objects Quality Corrections (DOQC) team and previously served on the Collections Committee for the HathiTrust digital library, a unique effort to collect and preserve over 16 million digitized books, journals, government documents, and a variety of other material for the "common good," as its mission states. DOQC teammembers help improve the quality of the HathiTrust collection by responding to user requests to fix quality issues that naturally arise from large-scale digitization efforts.

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Data Curation Network

New York University is a member of the Data Curation Network, an organization dedicated to sharing the labor of selecting and preparing code and data for long-term preservation and use. I have been a part of its team of curators since 2020.

Cover of Éire-Ireland journal, Fall Winter 1999.

I've been part of the editorial team at the Irish Studies journal Éire-Ireland since the fall of 2013, and coeditor since 2018. First published in 1966, the journal features a truly interdisciplinary combination of literary, cultural, historical, and artistic analyses from across the field. You can make a submission by visiting éire-ireland.org or learn about its publisher, the Irish American Cultural Institute, at iaci-usa.org. Éire-Ireland appears in a digital edition on Project Muse.

Past Activities

Here are some organizations I have contributed to over the years:

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American Conference for Irish Studies

ACIS is North America's oldest organization dedicated to supporting Irish Studies, and I served on its executive for ten years. As treasurer, I helped ACIS establish two fellowships for graduate student research support. As its web and communications editor, I oversaw the creation of the two most recent iterations of the organization's website, including designing the content model and functional requirements for the current version of the site.

Logo for NewYorkScapes Project.

NewYorkScapes was an initiative that we developed at New York University between 2013 and 2022 as a community for researchers producing projects using digital tools or methods, particularly those centered on the cultural or historical aspects of New York City. We also worked on assembling assets, particular humanities data documenting the city, that we collectively shared with researchers focusing on the city.

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DataCite provides a set of support services for researchers, data repositories, and institutions, particularly metadata and discoverability infrastructure built around DOI-based persistent identifiers. I was a member of DataCite's Community Engagement Steering Group from 2019 to 2022. The impact of DataCite can be found in platforms such as the DataCite Commons.