Ph.D. Research Methods & Educational Technology, College of Education & Human Development. George Mason University, 2014 Dissertation: Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web. (2014). (PDF)
M.A. American History, College of Humanities & Social Sciences. George Mason University, 2009
B.A. History and the History of Science, College of Letters & Science. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Senior Program Officer, National Digital Platform 1/2015- Present
Office of Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lead and manage the development of the national digital platform portfolio within the Office of Library Services, providing expertise internally in the Office of Library Services and externally on grant programs and other initiatives relating to ongoing development of digital library infrastructure and services nationwide.
- Steer an overall strategy encompassing research, grant making, and policy agendas, as well as communications initiatives, in support of the development of national digital services and resources in libraries.
- Envision, enact and lead grant-making priorities related to national digital platform development within both the National Leadership Grant Program for Libraries and the State Library Grant Program.
- Provide expertise agency-wide on policy matters such as participation in and support of Open Government and Open Data Initiatives, and on related agency digital technology matters.
Digital Archivist 10/2010-1/2015
Office of Strategic Initiatives, The Library of Congress
Work with Library of Congress staff, personnel from other government agencies, and stakeholders from across the nation in identifying requirements, understanding needs for managing content across the digital life cycle, and explaining program policies and procedures of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
- Serve as co-chair for National Digital Stewardship Alliance infrastructure and innovation working groups
- Develop national policy and strategy for digital collection development and preservation
- Manage the development and promotion of Viewshare, an open source software platform for visualizing digital collection data
- Secure private grant funds to support initiatives
- Serve as internal consultant on digital strategy and collection development to units within The Library of Congress
- Supervise and direct the work of fellows, interns and contractors
Special Curator, Science Literacy Initiative (Detail) 01/2013-01/2014
Office of Associate Librarian for Library Services, The Library of Congress
Oversaw the development of an online collection and exhibition documenting the history of astronomy and life on other words featuring items from the Carl Sagan papers alongside items from seven Library of Congress special collection divisions.
- Developed an overarching digital collection framework
- Composed 18 thematic essays
- Developed and oversaw execution of digitization plan
- Managed work on the project among more than 10 internal divisions involving more than 30 staff
- Led development of set of k-12 teacher resources
- Cleared rights for online digital access to items and develop fair use cases with General Counsel’s office
- Worked closely with the web team to refine workflow and process for this and future online collections
Community Lead/Manager 11/2006- 10/2010
Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Led outreach efforts and served as user advocate in the development of the open source Zotero research management tool.
- Responsible for building alliances with scholarly organizations and libraries
- Developed and executed outreach strategy
- Encouraged scholars and librarians to adopt and promote Zotero
- Developed and implemented cost recovery/sustainability initiatives
- Developed and maintained end-user documentation
- Identified opportunities for grant funding and drafted grant proposals
- Supervised and directed work of student employees and interns
Assistant Orchestra Librarian 09/2003- 10/2006
Music Department, University of Wisconsin
Managed, organized, and provided access to sheet music for the University of Wisconsin’s two All University String Orchestras.
Owens, T. (2015). Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web. Peter Lang, New York.
Owens, T. (2010). Fairfax County: A History in Postcards. Arcadia Press. Charleston, SC.
Marx, M., Owens, T. (2015) The National Digital Platform for Libraries and Museums Collaborating on tools and services across organizations. American Libraries
Sheridan, K., Halverson, E, Litts, B., Brahms, L.,Jacobs-Priebe, L., Owens, T. (2015). Learning in the making: A comparative case study of three makerspaces Harvard Educational Review 84 (4), 505-531
Owens, T. (2013) Digital Cultural Heritage and the Crowd. Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 56. Iss. 1.
Altman, M., Bailey, J., Cariani, K., Gallinger, M., Mandelbaum, J., Owens, T. (2013). NDSA Storage Report: Reflections on National Digital Stewardship Alliance Member Approaches to Preservation Storage Technologies. D-Lib. Vol 19. Iss 5.
Gibbs, F., & Owens, T. (2012). Building Better Digital Humanities Tools: Toward Broader Audiences and User-Centered Designs. Digital Humanities Quarterly. Vol 6. Iss 2.
Lauren, A., Bailey, J., & Owens, T. (2012). Viewshare and the Kress Collection: Creating, Sharing, and Rapidly Prototyping Visual Interfaces to Cultural Heritage Collection Data. D-Lib. Vol 18. Iss 12.
Owens, T. (2012). Defining Data for Humanists: Text, Artifact, Information or Evidence? The Journal of Digital Humanities. Vol 1. Iss 1.
Owens, T. & Bailey, J. (October, 2012). Viewshare: Digital Interfaces as Scholarly Activity. Perspectives on History.
Owens, T. J. (2012). Tripadvisor rates Einstein: Using the social web to unpack the public meanings of a cultural heritage site. The International Journal of Web Based Communities. Vol. 8. Iss. 1.
Owens, T. J. (2009). Going to school with Madame Curie and Mr. Einstein: Gender roles in children’s science biographies. Cultural Studies of Science Education. Vol 4. Iss.
Book Chapters & Conference Proceedings
Phillips, M., Bailey, J., Goethals, A., & Owens, T. (2013). The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation: An Explanation and Uses. Proceedings of the 2013 IS&T Archiving Conference.
Mir, R., & Owens, T. (2013). Modeling Indigenous Peoples: Unpacking Ideology in Sid Meier’s Colonization. In Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History. Bloomsbury Press, NY.
Gibbs, F., & Owens, T. (2013). The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing. In Writing History in the Digital Age. University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, MI.
Owens, T. (2013). Mr. Moo’s First RPG: Rules, Discussion and the Instructional Implications of Collective Intelligence on the Open Web. In Rhetoric/Composition/Play: How Electronic Games Mediate Composition Theory and Practice (and Vice Versa). Palgrave Macmillan, NY.
Owens, T. (2012). The Public Course Blog: The Required Reading We Write Ourselves for the Course That Never Ends. In Debates in the Digital Humanities. University Of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, MN.
Owens, T. (2011). Book Communities. In The Encyclopedia of Social Networking. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Owens, T. (2008). Zotero: Making Student Research Transparent. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Madison WI.
Chmiel, M., & Owens, T. (2006). Anti-evolution Literature and its Hidden Pedagogical Value: Confronting the Creationism Dilemma. In Proceedings of the Eighth International History, Philosophy, and Sociology in Science Teaching Conference. Leeds, UK.
Academic Book Reviews
Owens, T. & Chmiel, M. (2013). Learning Technology as Infrastructure for Innovation. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Iss. 4.
Owens, T. (2012). A Review of “Digital Media: Technology and Social Challenges of the Interactive World.” Journal of Archival Organization. Vol. 10. Iss. 1.
Owens, T. (2011). A Review of “Online Interviewing.” The Information Society: Vol. 27. Iss. 3.
Library of Congress Digital Preservation Blog Posts
Getting Public Radio’s Legacy Off Ageing Rewritable CDs: An Interview with WNYC’s John Passmore. February 21st, 2014.
Check Yourself: How and When to Check Fixity. February 7th, 2014.
Machine Scale Analysis of Digital Collections: An Interview with Lisa Green of Common Crawl. January 29th, 2014.
Interface, Exhibition & Artwork: Geocities, Deleted City and the Future of Interfaces to Digital Collections. January 28th, 2014.
Protect Your Data: Storage and Geographic Location. December 24th, 2013.
Can You Digitize A Digital Object? It’s Complicated. December 23rd, 2013.
BitCurator’s Open Source Approach: An Interview With Cal Lee. December 2nd, 2013.
Preserving.exe Report: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software. October 21st, 2013.
Digital Studies Fellowship Opportunity at the Library of Congress. September 18th, 2013.
The Future of Digital Equivalence and Significance. September 3rd, 2013.
What’s a Nice English Professor Like You Doing in a Place Like This: An Interview With Matthew Kirschenbaum. August 12th, 2013.
What Would You Call the Last Row of the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation? July 15th, 2013.
NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation @ USGS: An interview with John Faundeen. July 11th, 2013.
Respect Des Bits: Archival Theory Encounters Digital Objects & Media. June 24th, 2013.
And the Winner Is. Announcing the 2013 NDSA Innovation Award Winners. July 11th, 2013.
CURATEcamp Exhibition: Exhibition in and of the Digital Age. May 28th, 2013.
Hydra’s Open Source Approach: An Interview with Tom Cramer. May 5th, 2013.
Historicizing the Digital for Digital Preservation Education: An Interview with Alison Langmead and Brian Beaton. May 6th, 2013.
Born Digital Archival Materials at NYPL: An Interview with Donald Mennerich. April 22nd, 2013.
Nominations Now Open for the 2013 NDSA Innovation Awards. April 4th, 2013.
The Metadata Games Crowdsourcing Toolset for Libraries & Archives: An Interview with Mary Flanagan. April 3rd, 2013.
Islandora’s Open Source Ecosystem and Digital Preservation: An Interview with Mark Leggott. March 4th, 2013.
Born Digital Folklore and the Vernacular Web: An Interview with Robert Glenn Howard. February 22nd, 2013.
Video Game Preservation at Scale: An Interview with Henry Lowood. February 1st, 2013.
When is Open Source Software the Right Choice for Cultural Heritage Organizations? An Interview with Peter Murray. January 18th, 2013.
Public Participation and Stewardship of Science: Arfon Smith of Adler Planetarium and the Zooniverse. January 7th, 2013.
Replaying Childhood: On Gifting my Video Games to the Library of Congress. December 17th, 2012.
Call to Action to Preserve Science Discourse on the Open Web. December 12th, 2012.
NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation: Release Candidate One. November 20th, 2012.
Preserving.exe: A Short List of Readings on Software Preservation. November 16th, 2012.
Glitching Files for Understanding: Avoiding Screen Essentialism in Three Easy Steps. November 5th, 2012.
The is of the Digital Object and the is of the Artifact. October 25th, 2012.
Archivematica and the Open Source Mindset for Digital Preservation Systems. October 16th, 2012.
Media Archaeology and Digital Stewardship: An interview with Lori Emerson. October 11th, 2012.
Yes, The Library of Congress Has Video Games: An Interview with David Gibson. September 26th, 2012.
Exhibiting Video Games: An interview with Smithsonian’s Georgina Goodlander. September 25th, 2012.
The AIMS Project and the Stewardship of Born-Digital Archival Materials: An interview with Bradley Daigle. September 10th, 2012.
Help Define Levels for Digital Preservation: Request for Public Comments. September 7th, 2012.
Students Saving Sounds: An Interview with Anthony Cocciolo. September 4th, 2012.
WARCreate and Future Stewardship: An interview with Mat Kelly. August 13th, 2012.
Digital Strategy Catches up With the Present: An Interview with Smithsonian’s Michael Edson. August 9th, 2012.
Prognosticating Digital Preservation Infrastructure: Final Results from the NDSA Storage Survey. August 1st, 2012.
Preserving Online Science: Reflections. August 7th, 2012.
One Culture: Digital Collections, Computational Humanities and History at Scale. June 28th, 2012.
Announcing Five NDSA Innovation Award Winners. June 19th, 2012.
Web Archiving and Mainstreaming Special Collections: The Case of the Latin American Government Documents Archive. June 6th, 2012.
CurateCamp Processing: Processing Data/Processing Collections. June 1st, 2012.
All Digital Objects are Born Digital Objects. May 15th, 2012.
Life-Saving: The National Software Reference Library. May 4th, 2012.
ArtBase and the Conservation and Exhibition of Born Digital Art: An Interview with Ben Fino-Radin. May 1st, 2012.
Better Know a Viewshare: Exploring Texas Funeral Records. April 18th, 2012.
Open Source Software and Digital Preservation: An Interview with Bram van der Werf of the Open Planets Foundation. April 4th, 2012.
NEH Funding Opportunity: Research and Development in Digital Preservation and Access. March 30th, 2012.
You Asked For It: Four Exciting New Viewshare Features. February 2nd, 2012.
Some First Thoughts on Online Science and Digital Preservation. January 26th, 2012.
What Does Innovation Look Like? The NDSA Innovation Working Group Wants to Know. January 19th, 2012.
Taking Digital Preservation to Science Online 2012. January 17th, 2012.
Crowdsourcing the Civil War: Insights Interview with Nicole Saylor. December 6th, 2011.
Diversity of Access to Digital Preservation Collections; first results from the NDSA Storage Survey. December 1st, 2011.
Learning About Your Collections With Viewshare. November 14th, 2012.
ViewShare.org: Create and Share Interfaces to Our Digital Cultural Heritage. October 31st, 2011.
Interview with Brett Bobley of the Office for Digital Humanities at the NEH. October 11th, 2011.
Full Open Source Release of Recollection Platform. August 22nd, 2011.
How We Do Storage: A Saga of Bits, Disk, Tape and Systems. August 5th, 2011.
Digital Preservation’s Got Talent: Awarding Innovation and Accomplishment. August 1st, 2011.
Exploring Cultural Heritage Collections With Recollection. July 5th, 2011.
Insights: Interview with David Rosenthal. June15th, 2011.
Teaching, Instruction, & Advising
Lecturer. College of Information Studies, University of Maryland (2014-Present). Teaching graduate seminars on digital public history and digital art curation for the Digital Curation program.
Instructor, Department of History, American University (2011-Present). Teach History in the Digital Age, a graduate seminar on current and potential impact of digital media and tools on the theory and practice of history.
Academic Advisor. (2005-2006). University of Wisconsin: Advised incoming University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Science students.
Literacy Coach. (2004-2005). Teach For America: Mentor for the Teach for America after-school program at Shank Elementary in Madison Wisconsin.
Grant Funded Research & Development
Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science. (2012). Funded by the Alfred. P. Sloan Foundation. Role: Co-principle investigator.
One Week, One Tool: A Digital Humanities Barn Raising. (2010). Funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Program. Role: Community development specialist and grant proposal co-author.
Scholarship in the Age of Abundance: Enhancing Historical Research With Text-Mining and Analysis Tools. (2008-2010). Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Role: Project manager and grant proposal co-author.
Zotero funding. (2006- 2010). Zotero Commons, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2008-2009; Zotero 2.0, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2006-2008; Zotero 1.0, funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2006-2007 Role: Community lead and grant proposal co-author.
Invited & Refereed Presentations
Owens, T., Lazorchak, B., Engle, E. & Potter, A. (2014, February). Level Up! Prioritizing Your Organization’s Next (or First) Steps for Digital Preservation. Presented at WebWise 2014. Baltimore, MD.
Altman, M., Grotke, A. & Owens, T. (December, 2013). A National Agenda for Digital Stewardship. Presented at Coalition for Networked Information Winter Meeting. Washington D.C.
Owens, T. (2013, April). Signifying and Significance. Presented at Digital/Pedagogy/Material/Archives conference, at The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, NY.
Owens, T. (2013, March). It’s All About Meaningful Decisions: Game Design Toward Nuanced Historical Interpretation and Complexity. Presented at The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th, Gettysburg, PA.
Owens, T. (2012, November). Do Less More Often: An Approach to Digital Strategy for Cultural Heritage Organizations. Keynote presentation at the Connecticut Digital Initiatives Forum, Hartford, CT.
Owens, T. (2012, January). Building Interfaces, Understanding Collections. Presented at CurateGear, Chapel Hill, NC.
Anderson, M., Owens, T., & Potter, A. (2011, November). ViewShare.org: A Free and Open Platform for Visualizing Cultural Data. Presented at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, Baltimore, MD.
Owens, T. (2011, October). The Interface Layer of Cultural Heritage Collections and Recollection. Presented at 21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action, Fall Forum of the Association for Research Libraries, Washington D.C.
Owens, T. J. (2010, June). Divergent Design Competence in the RPG Maker Community. Presented at Games + Learning + Society Conference, Madison, WI.
Chmiel, M., & Owens, T. (2010, June). Gaming Across the Curriculum: Finding and Evaluating Educational Games. Presented at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, Denver, CO.
Owens, T. J. (2010, June). Free and Easy Bibliography: Scaffolding Student Research with Zotero. Presented at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, Denver, CO.
Owens, T. (2010, May). From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Cultural Heritage Collections With Recollection. An invited public lecture at Brooklyn Public Library, New York, NY.
Owens, T. (2010, May). The Time & Place for Space & Time: Interfaces for Distributed Cultural Heritage Collections. Presented as Part of New York Public Library’s Series of Invited Talks on Digital Humanities, New York, NY.
Owens, T. (2010, March). Publish, Share, Collaborate, and Crowdsource Collections: Zotero 2.0 For Public Historians. Presented at the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
Campbell, L., Anderson, M., & Owens, T. (2010, December). National Digital Preservation Program Initiatives for 2011. Presented at the annual meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information, Arlington, VA.
Owens, T. J., Boggs, J., Brennan, S., Graham, W., & Gilbert, J. (2010, April). Digital Tools for Historians. Presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
Boggs, J., Cohen, D. J., McClurken, J., Owens, T. J., Schrum, K., & Groom, J. (2010, January). Humanities in the Digital Age. Presented at the 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Diego, CA.
Owens, T., Lester, D., Boggs, J. (2009, November). Three free, open source, extensible platforms for creating collaborative learning communities. Presented at Educause, Denver, CO.
Schrum, K., Boggs, J., Owens, T., Albers, K., Reeder, J., & Shepherd, A. (2009, October). Teaching and learning in the digital age. Presented at the annual meeting of the History of Education Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Owens, T., Ghajar, L. A., Boggs, J., & Lester, D. (June, 2009). Free digital tools to inspire student learning. Presented at the National Education Computing Conference, Fairfax, VA.
Owens, T., & Lester, D. (2009, June). Three free, open source, extensible platforms for creating collaborative learning communities. Presented at the 5th annual Innovations in eLearning Symposium, Fairfax, VA.
Owens, T. (2009, May). Putting Zotero to work: Free and open source research management for you and your institution. Presented at MCEtech, Ottawa, ON.
Owens, T. (2009, May). Gathering, organizing, annotating, and publishing humanities scholarship with Zotero. Part of Rutgers University’s New Media Boot Camp, Rutgers, NJ.
Owens, T. (2008, November). The face of American science: Exploring the history of the National Academy of Sciences Einstein Memorial. Presented at the 35th Annual Conference on Washington D.C. Historical Studies, Washington D.C.
Owens, T. (2008, June). Zotero: A platform for new modes of research collaboration. Presented at the 4th Annual Innovations in eLearning Symposium, Fairfax, VA.
Owens, T. (2008, May). Zotero in the writing classroom. Presented at Computers and Writing, Athens GA.
Owens, T. (2008, April). Playing history: Let’s build an open collaborative repository of historical games. Presented at the Frontiers in Digital History, Fairfax, VA.
Owens, T. (2008, February). Zotero and you, or bibliography on the semantic web. Presented at Code4lib, Portland, OR.
Owens, T., Kornblith, S., Krishnan, S. (2008, February). Hacking Zotero: How to build translators, citation styles and otherwise extend the Zotero platform. Presented at Code4lib, Portland, OR.
Owens, T. (2007, November). Zotero: new features and what’s to come. Presented at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, Philadelphia, PA.
Owens, T. (2007, October). There has to be a better way: Zotero and research 2.0. Presented at Educause, Seattle, WA.
Owens, T. (2007, June). Zotero and research 2.0: Managing your research in your browser. Presented at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Owens, T. (2007, April). Climbing our family tree: The untimely birth of children’s books about evolution, 1920-1955. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Owens, T. (2007, April). Building A better bibliography with Zotero. Invited presentation to George Washington University’s American Studies department, Washington D.C.
Owens, T. (2007, April). Using Zotero in your daily research. Invited presentation to Brown University’s History and American Civilization departments, Providence, RI.
Owens, T. (2007, April). Built by historians, for historians: Using Zotero for your research. Presented at the American Association for History and Computing Conference, Providence, RI.
Owens, T. (2006, November). Going to school with Curie and Einstein: Gendering the history and nature of science. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Vancouver, BC.
Owens, T., & Chmiel, M. (2006, April). Mapping the landscape of gender in science through children’s biographies of Marie Curie and Albert Einstein. Presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Organization of Summits, Conferences, & Meetings
Digital Preservation (July 2011, 2012 & 2014). Annual meeting of NDIIPP and NDSA partners. Conference Committee Member. Washington D.C.
Designing Storage Architecture’s for Digital Collections. (September 2011, 2012 & 2013). Annual summit of storage vendors and cultural heritage IT leaders. Conference committee member. Washington D.C.
CurateCamp Exhibition. (July 2013). One-day unconference on exhibition of born digital and digitized cultural heritage artifacts. Conference chair. Washington D.C.
Preserving.exe: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software. (May 2013), Two-day summit on the collection, organization, and scholarly use of software. Lead summit organizer. Washington D.C.
CurateCamp Processing (July 2012). One-day unconference on applications of computational processing to archival processing. Conference chair. Washington D.C.
Science at Risk: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science (June 2012). Two-day summit on the collection, organization and scholarly use online science communication. Lead summit organizer. Washington D.C.
Archiving Social Media. (October 2010). One-day unconference on the collection and preservation of social media. Conference organizer. Fairfax, VA.
The Humanities and Technology Camp. (June 2009 & 2010). First unconferences on humanities and technology. Planning committee member. Fairfax, VA.
Museums for America Grants. (2014). Grant Review Panelist. Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Digital Studies Fellowships. (2014). Grant Review Panelist. Library of Congress.
Youth Access Grants. (2013). Grant Review Panelist. Smithsonian Institution.
Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants. (2012). Grant Review Panelist. National Endowment for the Humanities.
Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. (2012-Present). Board Member.
International Conference on The Learning Sciences. (2010) Reviewer.
Public Understanding of Science Journal. (2010). Reviewer.
American Association for History and Computing. (2009-2012). Executive Board Member.
National History Day. (2009). Judge.
Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. (2006) Reviewer.
Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. (2006). Reviewer.
Games, Learning, and Society. (2005-2006). Outreach Coordinator.