Ed Summers

Ed is a researcher and software developer working at the intersection of information technology and memory studies. His work is informed by a sociotechnical approach which emphasizes the role that communities of practice play in the development of infrastructure for libraries and archives, with a particular focus on web archives and social media. He has worked for the last two decades in academia, government and business. Prior to joining MITH Ed helped build the Repository Development Center (RDC) at the Library of Congress. There he led the design and implementation of the NEH funded National Digital Newspaper Program’s web application Chronicling America. Ed designed digital curation services for social media archiving and image quality analysis. He also served as a member of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Group where he helped standardize SKOS, and implemented the initial version of LC’s Linked Data service.