Personal Digital Archiving 2019

Conference Website


The Personal Digital Archiving 2019 conference was held at the University of Pittsburgh May 2-4, co-chaired by myself and Aisling Quigley. Having attended and presented at PDA in the past, it was deeply gratifying to bring it to our home institution and local community.

We were thrilled to feature Alexandra Dolan-Mescal and Linda Norris as keynote speakers. Their biographical statements, along with the full conference program, can be found on the PDA 2019 website.

In order to make conference content open and accessible, we offered discounted admission for first-time attendees and made all Saturday workshops free and open to the public. Workshop topics included managing personal privacy online, organizing digital photos, and archiving social media records. It is our sincere hope that this event was inclusive, accessible, and educational for all who were able to attend.

Sustaining DH

Project Websites

The Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap
Sustaining DH – NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities


Sustaining DH was an outcome of an initial grant received by Dr. Alison Langmead and the Visual Media Workshop Team for the Sustaining MedArt project. Based on our findings from that initial granting period, we endeavored to build a prototype for a workshop that would walk individuals and teams creating digital research products through the process of developing a sustainability plan.

The result was the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap, a module-based workshop designed to guide participants through the process of sustaining their user-facing, web-based digital humanities projects over time. The workshop takes an approach that emphasizes the importance of project management, staffing, and funding in digital preservation.

In August 2018, the project team received funding for an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities.

Related Resources

Sustaining MedArt: The Impact of Socio-Technical Factors on Digital Preservation Strategies

Reckoning with Digital Projects: MITH Makes a Roadmap

The Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap Project on The Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit

The RHODI Project

Project Website

Project Overview

In the summer of 2012, the Rhode Island Historical Society was granted funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct a statewide survey of Rhode Island’s history and heritage sector. The intended outcomes of the project were an online directory of historical sites and collections available to the public, and a white paper outlining the resources and needs of the sector. I began my work with the Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI) Project in September 2012, when I joined the project at its onset as a Field Surveyor.