I’m an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and director of the Open Knowledge Lab at UMD. I study public participation in data-intensive scientific collaboration (aka large-scale citizen science) and issues related to data management and technologies. I teach classes about information management and data management (planned for Spring 2016).
My research centers on design and evolution of sociotechnical systems for large-scale collaboration and knowledge production. My current work focuses on the role of technologies in citizen science, evaluating individual and collective performance and productivity in open collaboration, and open data ecosystems in the sciences. I’m interested in how ordinary people become involved in meaningful real-world research through citizen science projects, and how technologies can help.