DHi Collection Development Team

Janet Thomas Oppedisano (Simons)

Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Janet Thomas Oppedisano is Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative Director. 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.

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Former Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D. is  co-founder and former Co-Director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) which is recognized as a leader among small-liberal arts colleges in the Northeast (see, http://www.dhinitiative.org).  As Co-Director, he has raised over $2.7 million dollars in foundation and institutional support for digital humanities scholarship at Hamilton.  He is also Research Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  He taught in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2003-2008.  Nieves’s scholarly work and community-based activism critically engage with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.  His co-edited book “We Shall Independent Be:” African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. was published in 2008.  He is completing a manuscript entitled, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, with the University of Rochester Press for their series “Gender and Race in American History” (forthcoming, 2018).  Nieves is also currently working on a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series and on a special collaborative issue of American Quarterly (2018) on DH in the field of American Studies.  He is co-editor (w/Kim Gallon, Purdue) of a new book series at the University of Georgia Press, The Black Spatial Humanities: Theories, Methods, and Praxis in Digital Humanities.  He serves on the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Information Technology (2016-2019).  He was most recently appointed to the Board of New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-2020).  His digital research and scholarship have been featured on MSNBC.com and in Newsweek International.His digital scholarship can be found at http://www.apartheidheritages.org

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).