Erika Nygard

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Hello, my name is Erika Nygard.

I am a digital librarian and information worker. I enjoy working with digital collections, metadata, controlled vocabularies, ontologies, and experimenting with linked data technologies. These enrich, increase access to and promote discoverability of digital resources. Although I enjoy working with these information resources generally, I am particularly interested in cultural heritage and genealogy projects. I work and experiment with a variety of different web technologies and content management systems including Omeka and ContentDM.

About me

I am originally from Edinburgh (Scotland) but have lived in north central Massachusetts for the last 20 years. I also spent 5 years of my early years living in Leimen, near Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up in Edinburgh, I have been greatly influenced by the arts and festivals there, the museums and galleries, the lively culture and life. I worked for 10 years in professional theatre as a sound and lighting technician, working for the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival . Although I lived in the city I fell in love with the rural highlands of Scotland, in particular the beautiful area surrounding Loch Broom, Ullapool and Ardcharnich (see my Wikipedia entry for more). where several generations of my ancestors lived. I return to Edinburgh and Ullapool as often as I can!

I have a BA (Hons) in Communications, a Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science, and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. My interests academically are in how people seek information, and how society offers information to its people. I am also interested in history, genealogy, cultural heritage informatics, and related subjects in digital humanities. I enjoy exploring ways to make cultural objects accessible, findable, discoverable, and exciting!

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Front page newspaper article Captain Ball Fountain in Warwick inspires a research project (this will bring you to another website)

Recent and Current Projects

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