I’m Alexandra (Alex) Chassanoff.

I am a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Software Curation at the MIT Libraries, working with the Program on Information Science and the Institute Archives & Special Collections.  In this role, I am leading an investigation to broadly inform the Libraries about immediate and long-term implications of collecting and curating software and of providing software curation services to our community.

I received my PhD in Information Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2016.  My dissertation explores the experiences of historians using digitized archival photographs in constructing historical evidence.  I have over ten years of professional experience in data curation, management, analysis, and preservation.

My work is at the intersection of infrastructure, archival memory, and digital media. Broadly speaking, my research seeks to characterize essential digital curation and preservation practices to ensure usable and trustworthy scholarly digital research environments. I am particularly interested in discursive methodologies to capture emergent practices related to the interpretation, evaluation, and use of complex digital objects as forms of information.