Rachel Donahue is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, researching the preservation of complex, interactive digital objects (which may or may not be a fancy way of saying “videogames”). While this sounds very technical (and can be), the social factors involved—from the complexities of intellectual property to seemingly simple semantic variance—often prove to be the real challenge. She received a BA in English and Illustration from Juniata College in 2004, and an MLS with a specialization in archival science from University of Maryland in 2009. Rachel is a Research Assistant at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), currently supporting the second phase of Preserving Virtual Worlds project. In 2009, she was elected for a 3-year term to the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Electronic Records Section steering committee.
When not otherwise occupied, Rachel dabbles in open [source/access/courseware] issues, professional use of social media, DH happy hours, thinking about other gaps that need bridging, and drawing an archives themed webcomic.