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Carl Stahmer

Executive Director of the DataLab
Shields Library


Carl G. Stahmer, PhD is the Director of Digital Scholarship at the University Library, University of California, Davis, in which capacity he oversees a variety of digital initiatives on campus. He also serves as Associate Director for Humanities at the UC Davis Data Science Initiative, Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Consortium, Institute for Digital Humanities Media and Culuture, Technical Director of the English Short Title Catalogue, and Associate Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at Rare Book School, University of Virginia.

Stahmer has been working in the fields of digital humanities and library sciences since the mid 1990s, when he built the Romantic Circles website (http://www.rc.umd.edu), named then by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the top twenty educational websites in the world. In addition to creating and maintaining a host of academic websites, Stahmer has also worked as a computer programmer and system architect for a variety of governmental, academic, and commercial technology initiatives over the past twenty years. He has served as the Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities at the University of Maryland (MITH), as a member of the Advisory Board of the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Studies (NINES), and as Director of Technology for Lynchinteractive Inc., where he was lead developer and system architect for a variety of internet-based, advanced data-integration solutions, including medical, distance learning, and government information systems. In addtion to an expertise in data modling and analysis, he is a proficient C++, R, Java, Visual Basic, PHP, SQL, and Perl programmer.

Over the course of his career, Stahmer’s work has been funded by various organizations and institutions, including the National endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The National Science Foundation, and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.

Stahmer’s current research is focused on the development of an open source, content based search and retrieval (image recognition) platform for digital archives of historical printed materials. He also works extensively in the area of Linked Open Data and social data curation, with a particular focus on deployment of Linked Data native library cataloguing systems.