Welcome Ryan Horne, Sinai Library Digitization Project Data and Metadata Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Ryan Horne to the UCLA Library. As our Sinai Manuscripts Digital Library Data and Metadata Coordinator in the Digital Library Program, he will be in Charles E. Young Research Library once it is safe to return to campus. We asked Ryan a few questions about himself and his professional aspirations.

What goals do you have for this year as our new Sinai Library Digitization Project Data and Metadata Coordinator?Ryan Horne against a beige background

My goals for this year are to meet all of the Sinai Digitization Project's milestones, and to develop new tools and processes to automate our workflow. I also hope to begin laying the foundations for extended functionality and interoperability of the website, as well as to design some systems and software for potential future projects that use the Sinai data.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

This role combines my expertise in historical analysis with digital humanities and software development. I was previously a software engineer before returning to academia and earning my PhD in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before this position I was director of the Ancient World Mapping Center and later a digital humanities post-doctoral scholar at UNC Chapel Hill, and then a digital humanities post-doctoral scholar in the History department and World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh. I am heavily involved with a number of Linked Open Data projects and initiatives—including the Pleiades Project, Pelagios, the Ancient Itineraries Institute, and the World History Gazetteer—and I have worked extensively with pre-modern cultural heritage objects, collections, and texts.

What projects will you be tackling first?

My first project is creating metadata and publishing batches of manuscript images that our project partners took at Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt. To facilitate this, I am developing some Python scripts that will combine and format data from a number of sources into a standard format for use in our systems. I am also working with our project team and associated scholars to refine the design of our website, and to produce new visualizations and insight into our collected data.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?

Currently I am reading Neal Stephenson's new novel Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, about uploading consciousness into a digital world. I generally listen to ambient music while working, although I do have a soft spot for acoustic blues-rock. Outside of work I like to play around with digital maps and go to the beach whenever possible.

 

We are delighted to have Ryan at the UCLA Library. You can contact him at rmhorne@library.ucla.edu.