Meet Our Team

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Open Context is maintained and administered by the Alexandria Archive Institute, a not-for-profit organization. Our team includes information scientists, field researchers, librarians, and other academic professionals with domain expertise who work together on the following data publishing activities:

  • Edit, review, and publish open access digital content, in collaboration with data authors.
  • Optionally, organize peer-review of data.
  • Preserve data with the California Digital Library.

Editors in Chief

Sarah Whitcher Kansa, RPA

I am Executive Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute, a California non-profit organization that develops Open Context. I have a Ph.D. in archaeology (University of Edinburgh) and have spent more than 25 years conducting zooarchaeological research at sites in the Middle East and Europe. I served as Vice President for the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) from 2014-2018 and President from 2018-2023. I am the chair of the Digital Technology Committee for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and served on the Publications Committee for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) and the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR). I participate on several grant-funded projects, most recently as a co-director on Advancing FAIR+CARE Practices in Cultural Heritage, funded by the IMLS.

For Open Context, I provide overall project management for publications, work on data editing and review, manage collaborations with other publishers, and organize peer-review.

Contact me by email with questions about data publishing.

Eric Kansa

I'm the Program Director for Open Context. I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and archeological field experience in the Near East, Egypt, Italy and North America. My research interests explore research data informatics, research data policy, ethics, and professional context of the digital humanities.

I run research and development for Open Context and manage the technical aspects of data publishing and archiving, including systems interoperability, data integration, and indexing. I blog at Heritage Bytes, and am on Twitter @ekansa. (Contact me!)

Editorial Board

  • Levent Atici, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Harrison Eiteljorg, II, Center for the Study of Architecture, Bryn Mawr College
  • Kate Ellenberger, Binghamton University, (Anthropology, Public Archaeolology, GIS)
  • Catherine P. Foster, Ancient Middle East Education and Research Institute (AMEERI)
  • Kevin Garstki, Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Sebastian Heath, American Numismatic Society and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
  • Lori Jahnke, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University
  • Morag Kersel, DePaul University
  • Sannie Osborn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
  • Benjamin Porter, University of California, Berkeley
  • Adam T. Rabinowitz, University of Texas, Austin
  • Yorke Rowan, University of Chicago
  • Alexia Smith, University of Connecticut
  • Joshua Wells, Indiana University, South Bend
  • Stephen Yerka, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian and Archaeological Research Laboratory (ARL), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Software and Design Team

Open Context Alumni

  • Francis Deblauwe, Assistant Editor
  • Jeremy Whitaker, Technology Consultant, New Product Development
  • Sarah van Wart, Schema Mapping Developer, I-School MIMS student
  • Mohit Gupta, Omeka plugin Developer, I-School MIMS student
  • Noah Kersey, User-Experience, widgets Developer, I-School MIMS student
  • Gopal Vaswani, Web-services, database Developer, I-School MIMS student
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