Here are a few initiatives I currently spend time supporting
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 says. The committee took up the challenge of collection development in a big-data, collaborative, member-model environment. Among other efforts, I cowrote the 2017 duplicates report on the challenges and opportunities of duplication features in the collection.
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 follow Éire-Ireland on Twitter at @eire_ire or learn about its publisher, the Irish American Cultural Institute, at iaci-usa.org. Éire-Ireland appears in a digital edition on Project Muse.
NewYorkScapes is an initiative that we have been developing at New York University since 2013 as a community where research projects using digital tools or methods, particularly those centered on the cultural or historical aspects of New York City, could be made visible. We've also been working on assembling assets, particular humanities data documenting the city, that we can collectively share with researchers focusing on the city.
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've been a member of DataCite's Community Engagement Steering Group since 2019. The impact of DataCite can be found in platforms such as the DataCite Commons.
Here are some organizations I have contributed to over the years
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've overseen the creation of last two iterations of the organizations website, including designing the content model and functional requirements for the newest version of the site.
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