"Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being." - Steve Biko

Archive Project Team

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D., Soweto ‘76 Archive
Principal Investigator and Project Director
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Greg Lord, Information Design & Software Engineer
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Doug Reside, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Bini Tecle, Technical Assistant
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Project Assistants:

Lynette Boswell, Michelle Farley, Brittany Graham, Rei Harada, Christina Hiett, Shana Marie Kent, Yoli Reyes, Joy Tober

Soweto ‘76 Logo Design:

Nicolene van Loggerenberg, Idea Exchange

Special Thanks:

Dr. Paul R. Foote, II
Neil Fraistat
Matthew Kirschenbaum
Robert E. Waters, Jr.
Cindy Woo

Dr. Doug Reside defended his dissertation in English at the University of Kentucky in the summer of 2006 and joined the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) as Assistant Director the following fall. As an undergraduate, Doug was a double major in Computer Science and English. His dissertation is a TEI/XML based multimedia edition of the American musical, Parade, and while at Kentucky he worked on several humanities computing projects, including Kevin Kiernan’s celebrated Electronic Boethius.

At MITH, one of the most highly respected digital humanities centers in the world, Dr. Reside designs projects, write grant proposals, and directs a staff of fellow programmers to implement research projects that use digital technologies in truly innovative ways. He regularly programs in Java, Javascript, and PHP and designs MySQL databases. Some current projects include a data-mining project for United States Supreme Court opinions, a cell phone accessible database that will allow users in Grenada without easy access to computers to study Nigerian folk rituals, and an NDIIPP funded project that seeks to preserve digital worlds from the original Adventure game to Second Life. He has also founded a website (www.musicaltheatrestudies.org) and a list-serv (musicals-l) for the scholarly musical theatre community. The latter now includes over 60 members from at least 5 different countries. He is currently working on an electronic critical edition of the 1866 musical, The Black Crook. He also serves as an informal advisor to the music and performing arts department at the Library of Congress on a project that seeks to develop a digital archive of their out-of-copyright musical theater materials.

Gregory Lord is currently a Web Designer & Software Engineer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park. Greg graduated with a B.A. from the University of Maryland’s Department of English in 2005. During his English undergraduate work, he completed coursework, independent studies, and research assistantships related to Digital Humanities studies, web and interface design, interactive fiction, and creative writing.

In his current position at MITH, Greg applies a variety of programming languages to assist MITH’s faculty fellows in developing Digital Humanities projects. He works regularly in PHP, Javascript, MySQL, and Flash Actionscript, building richly interactive web applications that serve a variety of purposes to the Digital Humanities community. He is also an experienced Web Designer and makes regular use of Adobe Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver in the creation of websites utilizing XHTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, and Ajax. Some of Greg’s work at MITH includes the web design and programming of UMCP’s new Department of English website, the design and implementation of an XML-based multilingual audio transcription and synching tool, and the design and W3C standards-compliant encoding of numerous MITH project websites.

Some of Greg’s upcoming work for the 2007-2008 academic year will include the creation of a suite of multimedia tagging software for Digital Humanities scholars, web and application interface design for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded MONK Project to apply pattern recognition to electronic literary corpora, and participation in an NDIIPP-funded project focusing on the preservation of virtual game worlds.