DHi Collection Development Team

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Dr. Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, is also the Director of the American Studies Program, a founding member of the Cinema and Media Studies (CNMS) concentration, and in 2010 was awarded The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton.  Dr. Nieves also serves as Co-Director (w/Janet Simons) of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), a $1.75 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant funded project (http://www.dhinitiative.org).  Dr. Nieves received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the History of Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University.  His co-edited book (w/Leslie Alexander), ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (University Press of Colorado, 2008), examines African American efforts to claim space in American society in the face of fierce resistance.  Dr. Nieves has published essays in the Journal of Planning History; Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm; International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; Resilience: The Journal of Environmental Humanities, and in several edited collections, including Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing With Difficult Heritage (Routledge, 2009) and The Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities: The Challenges of Change (UPenn Press, forthccoming).  He has served as Associate Editor, of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an on-line only journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Dr. Nieves’s recent scholarly work and community-based activism critically engage with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.  He is acting as an advisor to “The Power of Place,” a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in 2015.  From 2010 to 2013 he worked with a team of undergraduate students from Middlebury College on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project, and in 2014 he was awarded (w/ Prof. Alyson Gill of Arkansas State University) an NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant of $59,510 for "Dangerous Embodiments: Theories, Methods, and Best Practices for Historical Character Modeling in Humanities 3D Environments.”  The award was for the development and testing of a comprehensive typology for avatar (graphical representations of a user or the user's character) creation in historical simulations in digital heritage environments.  Dr. Nieves was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Africa Network, a consortium of national liberal arts colleges that actively promote the study of Africa through scholarship and teaching, and his digital research and scholarship have been featured both in Newsweek and on MSNBC.com.

Janet Thomas Simons, M.S.

Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Janet Thomas Simons is Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative Co-Director of Technology and Research. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction of the daily activities of the DHi to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication. This includes strategic planning in the use of technology, collaboration on grant proposals and budgets, management and communication of DHi projects, coordination and teaching of DHi's undergraduate research fellowship program CLASS and creation of direct connections between DHi projects and the curriculum. She is engaged in faculty outreach and development; project management; identification and research of technologies appropriate to research projects and learning goals; and coordination of academic support services to meet teaching, learning, and research needs.  Janet is involved in the development of sustainable digital scholarship infrastructure and models for support of digital humanities projects at liberal arts institutions. She recently collaborated with over 23 liberal arts colleges to develop the Institute for Liberal Arts Scholarship (ILiADS.org). She co-teaches “Models for liberal arts and four year colleges at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (dhsi.org). Janet has presented regionally and internationally on learning design, collaboration, media scholarship, and models for digital scholarship. Janet has co-authored articles in the Journal of Political Science Education, Educause Quarterly, and Collaborations in Liberal Arts Colleges in Support of Digital HumanitiesJanet holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. @janettsimons


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Gregory Lord

Lead Designer & Software Engineer, Hamilton College

Gregory Lord is DHi's Lead Designer and Software Engineer, leading the creation of the varied web and graphic designs that represent DHi, and lending his skills as a web programmer to the design and implementation of its digital projects as part of DHi's Collection Development Team.  Prior to his work at Hamilton and DHi, Greg began his work in the digital humanities at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) in 2005, and continued to develop his design and programming skills as a freelance web developer and small independent business owner from his home state of Maryland.

Greg holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland, where he studied creative writing, focusing his design and programming background upon the creation of digital and interactive hypertext literature.  

A lifelong gaming enthusiast and advocate of educational gaming and simulation, Greg currently works with Hamilton students and DHi's CLASS program, teaching a variety of multimedia topics including video game narrative, game design, 3D modeling and animation, and games/simulation programming.

Peter MacDonald

Library Information Systems Specialist, Hamilton College

Peter MacDonald has 25 years of experience working in academic libraries at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Harvard Law School and currently at Hamilton College. At Harvard he developed the Web display mechanism for the Nuremberg Trials papers. He is currently the Library Information Systems Specialist at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York) where he manages the library's digital collections, which includes over 2,000 TEI-encoded pages of Civil War letters and 8,000 TEI-encoded pages of a 19th-Century Shaker journal. Peter is also a member of the “TAPAS: Publishing TEI Documents for Small Liberal Arts Colleges" which is a grant-funded project to develop an interactive interface for scholars who use or generate TEI-encoded documents in their research. His main roles in the DHi initiative will be to promote the use of TEI-encoding in scholarly activity on campus and consult on metadata issues.

Lisa McFall

Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Hamilton College
Lisa McFall is the Metadata and Digital Initiative Librarian at Hamilton College. She is responsible for overseeing metadata creation for the library’s projects, maintaining consistent metadata across collections, assisting with building projects in Shared Shelf, helping with Hamilton's Institutional Repository, and serving on the DHi Collection Development Team. In her role as a consultant to DHi, Lisa assists in developing metadata guidelines and best practices both broadly for DHi and at the individual project level, and also serves as an advisor to faculty and students who are creating metadata for projects.
Her recent publications include, “Beyond the Back Room: The Role of Metadata and Catalog Librarians in Digital Humanities” in Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries (IGI Global, 2015) and “Collaborations in Liberal Arts Colleges in Support of Digital Humanities” (co-authored with Janet Thomas Simons, Gregory Lord, Angel David Nieves, Peter MacDonald, and Steve Young) in Technology-Centered Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations (IGI Global, 2016). She has also presented her work at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, and as an invited speaker of the “Conversations in Digital Scholarship” series at the University of Connecticut.
Lisa holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, also from the University of Pittsburgh.

Steve Young

ITS Network Services Unix/HPC System Administrator, Hamilton College

Steve Young is a Unix/HPC System Administrator within the ITS's Network Services Team at Hamilton College. His responsibilities are primarily managing the Unix based High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters for the College. Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Economics, and Physics have active research programs requiring HPC resources at Hamilton. Steve has 20 years experience working with Unix based systems and open source software.

Steve is a member of Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Collection Development team. In this role, he builds and maintains the network infrastructure for DHi and also collaborates with software consultants to develop research services. Most recently, he has been working with Discovery Garden consultants to install and configure Fedora Commons and Islandora on DHi servers.

Before coming to Hamilton in 2004, Steve worked in the private sector at a web hosting solutions provider. He helped manage web and database servers for customers like John's Hopkins University, America's Job Bank (Dept. of Labor), Guggenheim Museum, NOAA, and Denver Bronco's to name a few. He holds an A.A.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology (SUNY Canton) and a BA in Computer Science (SUNY Oswego).