About

855Hi — thanks for visiting. I’m Alexandra Chassanoff and currently, I’m a Research Program Officer at Educopia Institute.  I’m also a Research Affiliate at the Program on Information Science at the MIT Libraries.  I conduct research in the areas of digital curation, digital preservation, and scholarly information behavior.  My research looks at the use and users of born-digital materials in archival contexts to broadly understand the significance of technology on social practices.  I use this work to explore epistemological shifts  – or ways of knowing- in digital research environments. 

From 2016 to 2018, I was a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Software Curation at the MIT Libraries, where I led an investigation into the immediate and long-term implications of collecting and curating software, and of providing software curation services to research library communities.  I received my PhD in Information Science in 2016 from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   While at UNC-SILS, I conducted Mellon-funded applied research for BitCurator, an open-source digital forensics software environments for archivists.  My dissertation explores the experiences of historians using digitized archival photographs in constructing historical evidence.  My work has been published in journals such as The American Archivist, The International Journal of Digital Curation, and D-Lib.  Since 2008, I have presented and organized workshops at a number of conferences, including:  Society of American Archivists (SAA),  Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES), International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC),  Open Repositories (OR), and Digital Humanities (DH).

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