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Read about our most recently funded project, SWAReD, and its impact on the HathiTrust's digital collections.

See also the SCWAReD project GitHub page that links to each sub-project's workset and documentation

Funded 2020-2022 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Project Leadership and Staff

John Walsh, Ph.D.

SCWAReD Principal Investigator
John A. Walsh is the Director of the HathiTrust Research Center and Associate Professor of Information and Library Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. He also has an appointment as an adjunct (affiliate) Associate Professor of English at Indiana University. His research involves the application of computational methods to the study of literary and historical documents. Walsh is an editor on a number of digital scholarly editions, including: the Petrarchive (Co-Editor), the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project (Editor), and the Chymistry of Isaac Newton (Technical Editor). He has developed the Comic Book Markup Language (CBML) for scholarly encoding of comics and graphic novels. Walsh is the creator of TEI Boilerplate, a system for publishing documents encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. He has also served as the Technical Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), the online journal of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, since the journal’s founding in 2007, and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative (jTEI) from 2014-2019. Walsh’s research interests include: computational literary studies; textual studies and bibliography; text technologies; book history; 19th-century British literature, poetry and poetics; and comic books. 

J. Stephen Downie, Ph.D.

SCWAReD Co-Principal Investigator
Stephen Downie is associate dean for research and a professor at the School of Information Sciences, and Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center. He has been an active participant and leader in the digital libraries and digital humanities research domains. At Illinois, Downie leads the HTRC’s Research Support Services (RSS) unit, which is responsible for providing the staff and technical support for HTRC’s ACS program. Downie was PI for the Mellon-funded WCSA and WCSA + DC projects where he led—and now continues to lead—the development of the HTRC workset and the Extracted Features models and their realizations as production products. Similarly, Downie is responsible for the ongoing development and deployment of both the HTRC Workset Builder 2.0 and HTRC Bookworm tools.

Maryemma Graham, Ph.D.

SCWAReD Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Maryemma Graham is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kansas. In 1983 she founded the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Mississippi, which has been hosted since 1998 under her leadership at the University of Kansas. Graham has published 10 books and more than 100 essays, book chapters, and creative works. Graham has been a John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Humanities Center, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, a Ford and Mellon Fellow and has received more than 15 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Isabella Magni, Ph.D.

SCWAReD Post-Doctoral Fellow, HTRC, Indiana University, 2021-2022
Lecturer in Digital Humanities, University of Sheffield (2022-)

Boris Capitanu

Senior Research Developer, HTRC, University of Illinois

Ryan Dubnicek

Digital Humanities Specialist, HTRC, University of Illinois

Jade Harrison

Project Manager, Black Book Interactive Project, University of Kansas

Glen Layne-Worthey

Associate Director for Research Support Services, HTRC, University of Illinois

Ashley Simmons

Archive Coordinator, History of Black Writing, University of Kansas

Janet Swatscheno

Associate Director for Outreach and Education, HTRC, University of Michigan

Brendan Williams-Childs

Collections Assistant, Project on the History of Black Writing, University of Kansas

This project is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Any opinions, findings & conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mellon Foundation.