Oppedisano’s 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.
DHi Collection Development Team
Lisa McFall 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).
Steve Young’s 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.
As a member of DHi Collection Development team, 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.
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.
Gregory Lord was 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.
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 is currently Associate Professor in the History Department at San Diego State University. In collaboration with Co-Director Simons, Nieves raised more than $2.7 million in foundation and institutional support for digital humanities scholarship at Hamilton. He is 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 2003-08.
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 (2016-19). He was most recently appointed to the Board of New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-20). His digital research and scholarship have been featured on MSNBC.com and in Newsweek International.