Trevor Owens is a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. At the Library of Congress, he works on the open source Viewshare cultural heritage collection visualization tool, as a member of the communications team, and as the co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Infrastructure working group. Before joining the Library of Congress he was the community lead for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media and before that managed outreach for the Games, Learning, and Society Conference.
Trevor is also finishing a PhD in social science research methods and educational technology in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Trevor’s research focuses on learning and knowledge in online communities, video games and culture, and software tools for humanities scholarship. His training is in the history of science, digital history and research methods in the social sciences. Trevor wrote a book for Arcadia Press about the history of Fairfax County told through postcards. He has also published articles in the journals Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, and Cultural Studies of Science Education and On the Horizon. In 2009 he was chosen by Read Write Web as one of the 50+ Semantic Web Pros to Follow on Twitter, and won the C. W. Bright Pixel Prize for the Best History and New Media Project for building PlayingHistory, an open collaborative directory of digital historical games and interactives.
Trevor holds a bachelors degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin, and a masters degree in American History with an emphasis on digital history from George Mason University. He is also a violinist. He likes to read graphic novels. Trevor lives Burke Virginia with his wife Marjee Chmiel and their dogs Bowser and Zelda.
Contact: You can reach him trevor dot johnowens at gmail dot com
(I don’t like writing these things in the third person, but I am tired of swapping out the first for third person stuff when someone asks me for a bio, so here we are.)