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My research interests are in the interdisciplinary field of digital curation and preservation. This can be thought of in broad terms as encompassing all of the actions required to manage digital information, make it available to users, and keep it available into the future. I approach this area as a qualitative social scientist and from a perspective drawn from my background in archival science and film preservation.
There are two major streams to my research. The first centers on how concepts and theory are applied in curation processes. This was the major focus of my PhD dissertation, which I completed at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto in 2019. The second stream is focused on the development of normative theories and tools to improve the curation of digital information. Amongst my efforts in this direction, were involvement with the DigCurV Project in 2013 and with the BenchmarkDP Project from 2015 to 2016.
As a researcher in an applied field, my goal is to produce research that contributes to the collective knowledge of how to manage and curate digital information, while simultaneously leading to a more theoretically informed digital curation practice. I aim to make substantial contributions to scholarship towards this end.
Contact Nathan at nathan (dot) moles /at-sign/ ronininstitute "dot" org