I am an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the Pratt Institute, New York. My current research explores the intersection between cultural heritage and information access, description and design. I am the director of the Linked Jazz Project that investigates the application of Linked Open Data technology to cultural heritage resources. I am also a frequent consultant to libraries, archives, and museums on related topics and projects. I teach courses on Knowledge Organization, Linked Open Data, Cultural Heritage, and Art Documentation. I received a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also hold degrees in Philosophy and in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy as well as a degree in Archival Science, Paleography and Diplomatics from the State Archives School, Bologna, Italy.
I was recently awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation-JEN Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian to support the project Women of Jazz: From the Archives to the Web of Jazz Data (June 2016-June 2018).
This summer I designed the first Summer School on Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna, Department for Cultural Heritage, Ravenna Campus – May 16-20, 2016 where I taught with Matt Miller, NYPL Labs. Course website.