WHO I AM
I am an an independent archivist, curator, and scholar working to create orderly collections, beautiful exhibits, and meaningful stories. According to the nature, size, timeline and location of a project, I work individually or cooperate with other experts, delivering the optimum solution for your needs.
This is my personal site where I talk about archives, humanities data, and digital humanities.
Most recently, I’ve established the non-profit company The HeritEdge Connection Inc., which aims to connect people, resources, and institutions through cultural heritage projects. Please visit our site to learn what we do and how we do it, but most importantly how you can connect with us!
My life trajectory has taken me from the lulling waters of the Aegean sea to the gates of the Orient on the Bosphorus, and from the glittering skyscrapers of North America to the Caribbean crossroads in the West Indies.
I love working in wildly different social, religious, and ethnic milieus and with diverse individuals, and am sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences and regional norms and expectations. I think that what I do best is to discern the potential in people across cultures and disciplines, connect them through projects, and then marvel at the cross-pollination that organically happens.
My passion is finding and revealing hidden links, obscure connections, and mysterious stories in collections particularly of minorities and diasporas. My goal is providing opportunities to enrich and augment these data with links to other data or collections; and to share them with people who might see other stories in them.
I hold a Master’s in Library Sciences (concentration in Archives), a Master’s in History (concentration in Jewish history), and a Master’s in Museum Studies; and a BA in Archaeology and History of Art.
I had also done some doctoral work (did not finish it, I am ABD) at the University of Maryland’s iSchool (School of Information Studies). Being exposed to topics and methods that are very different than my humanities background enabled me to explore my research with cross-pollination of ideas from disciplines such as information studies, social sciences, computer-human interaction, and computer sciences, and enrich my skills and understanding of cultural heritage.
For my most up-to-date CV, please see here.
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