Found History

by Tom Scheinfeldt



Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media, George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 1E7
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444 |


• Digital Humanities and Digital Culture
• Public History and Cultural Heritage
• History of Science and Technology
• Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums
• Software Development and Web Project Management
• Grant Writing and Research Administration


University of Oxford. D.Phil. in Modern History. Doctoral thesis explored inter-war interest in science and its history in diverse cultural contexts, including museums, universities, World’s Fairs and the mass media. 1999-2003.

University of Oxford. M.Sc. in History of Science: Instruments, Museums, Science, and Technology. Dissertation examined the implications of constructivism for museum education and received marks of distinction. 1998-1999.

Harvard University. A.B. cum laude in History and Science. Senior honors thesis explored the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century geology. Dean’s List. Harvard College Scholarship. 1992-1996.


George Mason University. Managing Director / Director-at-Large of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Administered all aspects of internationally-recognized research center. Set strategic vision and managed day-to-day operations, including technical production of more than two dozen online history and open source software projects. Provided oversight for diverse research, education, and technology development activities. Secured government and private grant funding. Coordinated endowment fundraising and media relations. Initiated and maintained partnerships with local and national organizations. Negotiated external contracts and managed client relations. Administered annual operating budget of more than $2,500,000. Supervised graduate students and staff of forty. 2002-present.

Colorado Historical Society. Assistant Coordinator, Colorado Roadside Interpretation Program. Helped administer state historical markers project. Supervised interns and part-time staff. Wrote grant proposals and secured federal funding. Consulted with community organizations, historical societies, scholars and government officials. Researched, designed and produced more than thirty full-color, photo-illustrated roadside exhibits throughout Colorado. 1997-1998.

University of Northern Colorado. Research Assistant for the Hewit Institute’s Doing History, Keeping the Past project. Managed research activities for project aimed at providing teachers and students with greater access to history museum resources through information technologies. Collaborated with teachers and museum professionals nationwide to evaluate outreach programs and to produce needs assessment. Drafted grant proposal and helped secure funding. 1996-1997.


THATCamp, a grassroots-driven digital humanities “unconference” series with regional events in twenty states and a dozen countries funded by the Mellon Foundation, Kress Foundation, and Microsoft Research.

Omeka, award-winning free and open source web publishing software and online exhibitions platform for libraries, archives, museums, and scholars with major funding from IMLS, the Library of Congress, and the Mellon and Kress Foundations.

One Week | One Tool, a twice-funded NEH Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, bringing together a diverse group of academic and cultural professionals to conceive and build an open source software tool in one week in a digital humanities “barn raising.”

PressForward, a Sloan Foundation-funded experimental press, bringing together the best scholarship from across the web to producing vital, open publications scholarly communities can gather around., an expansive, dynamic gateway to the Nutmeg State’s history and heritage, updated daily and grounded in the latest scholarship, produced in collaboration and with major funding from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

September 11 Digital Archive, a Sloan Foundation and NEH-funded user-contributed archive of more than 150,000 digital objects, the world’s leading collection of born digital materials related to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800, an NHPRC and NEH-funded online archive of early national period history, digitally reassembling the archives of the U.S. War Department, which were lost to fire in 1800.

Bracero History Archive, an NEH-funded open access digital archive of oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a mid-20th century guest worker initiative, produced in collaboration with the National Museum of American History, UTEP, and Brown University.

Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, an NEH and Kennan Institute-funded multimedia exhibit and online archive chronicling the diversity of human experience under the Soviet Gulag prison camp system.

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, an open, peer-produced digital archive documenting the history of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Gulf Coast communities they affected supported with major funding from the Sloan Foundation.

Exploring and Collecting History Online: Science and Technology, a Sloan Foundation-funded series of experiments to develop tools and methods to collect and archive born-digital cultural heritage materials related to the history of science, technology, and industry.


Hacking the Academy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (Digital Culture Books), forthcoming. Co-edited with Dan Cohen.

• “Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?” “Why Digital Humanities Is ‘Nice’” and “Sunset for Ideology, Sunrise for Methodology?” in Debates in Digital Humanities, edited by Matt Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

• “Toward a Third Way: Rethinking Academic Employment” in #Alt-Academy, edited by Bethany Nowviskie. New York: MediaCommons, 2011.

• “The Early Years: The Science Museum in War and Peace” and “The International Context and the Context of Internationalism,” in Science for the Nation: Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum, edited by Peter Morris. London: Palgrave, 2010.

• “Oral History in the Digital Age” in The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, edited by Don Ritchie. New York, Oxford University Press, 2010. Co-authored with Kelly Schrum, Sheila Brennan, James Halabuk, and Sharon Leon.

• “Omeka: Open Source Web Publishing for Research, Collections and Exhibitions,” Open Source Business Resource, December 2008.

• “Resources and Tools for Teaching the History of U.S. Foreign Relations: Introducing the Center for History and New Media,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Passport, December 2007. Co-authored with Sharon Leon.

• “Documenting a Digital Event,” Organization of American Historians Newsletter, February 2003.


• “The Dos, Don’ts, and Dividends of Digital Collaboration,” Panel Chair, New England Museums Association Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT, November 2012.

• “Access Fast and Slow,” Worcester Polytechnic Institute Digital Humanities and Arts Symposium, Worcester, MA, November 2012.

• “Building Narratives with Omeka,” Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives, Hartford, CT, October 2012.

• “A Digital Humanities Survival Guide—for Graduate Students and the Rest of Us,” Keynote Address, University of Connecticut History Graduate Student Conference, August 2012.

• “The Drive Thru and the Covered Market: The Meaning of Access in the Digital Age,” Keynote Address, NEDCC Digital Directions, Boston, June 2012.

• “Invisible College: THATCamp as Scholarly Society,” Columbia University Libraries Scholarly Communication Program, March 2012.

• “Game Change: Digital Technology and Performative Humanities,” Keynote Address, Brown University Ancient Religion, Modern Technology Conference, February 2012.

• “Open Source for Museums: The Experiment Continues,” American Association of Museums, Houston, May 2011.

• “Picking a Platform for Your Digital Project,” National Council on Public History, Pensacola, FL, April 2011.

• “STEM, Arts, and Humanities: Intersections and Inspiration,” WebWise, Baltimore, MD, March 2011.

• “Stuff Digital Humanists Like: Defining Digital Humanities by Its Values,” CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, New York, December 2010.

• “Nobody cares about the library: how the digital world makes the library invisible—and visible—to scholars,” American University Digital Futures Forum, Washington, November 2010.

• “Jumpstart Digital Work in Your Institution,” American Association of Museums, Los Angeles, May 2010.

• “A Federated Future: Values of Centralization and Decentralization in Collaborative Collections Building and Use,” American Philosophical Society, May 2010.

• “Platforms, Technical and Social,” Digital University Conference, City University of New York Graduate Center, April 2010.

• “Digital History and the Public Historian,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, November 2009.

• “Digital Public History in the 21st Century,” Smith College, Northampton, MA, November 2009.

• Now on the Horizon: Start-Ups and Scholarly Apps That Can Change Your World,” Society for Scholarly Publishing, Baltimore, May 2009.

• “Open Source for Museums,” American Association of Museums, Philadelphia, May 2009.

• “Omeka: An Open Source Web-based Publishing Platform for Digital Exhibits and More,” New Hampshire Library Association, North Conway, NH, May 2009.

• “Public History and Web 2.0,” American University, Washington, April 2009.

• “Special Collections in the Digital Age: Rethinking Access,” Keynote Address, Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, June 2008.

• “Omeka: Online Exhibits Made Easy,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Louisville, April 2008.

• “Federal Support for Digital History,” National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting, Washington, March 2008.

• “Open Source for Consumers and Producers: Zotero and Omeka,” Jefferson Library, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA, February 2008.

• “Omeka: A Free, Open-source, Standards-Based, Easy-to-Use Web Publishing Platform to Bring History and Heritage Museums into the Era of Web 2.0,” American Historical Association, Washington, January 2008.

• “Resources and Tools for Teaching the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Society for History of American Foreign Relations, Reston, VA, June 2007.

• “Realizing A Shared Authority: Presidential Sites in a Web 2.0 World,” Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference IV, American Association for State and Local History, Hyde Park, NY, June 2006.

• “Exploring and Collecting History Online: Working with Businesses and Nonprofits,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Providence, November 2005.

• “The Century of Progress: The History of Science and The History of the Smithsonian on display at Chicago’s Second Fair,” Association for Museum History, Washington, October 2005.

• “Lessons from a Born-Digital Archive: The September 11 Digital Archive, or Ten Things I Wish Somebody Told Me,” American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, October, 2005.

• “Technology and Collaborative Exhibition: Prospects for the Bracero History Project,” Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference, Washington, June 2005.

• “September 11: Collection, Exhibition and Education” (Panel Chair), American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, January 2004.

• “History in the Making at the September 11 Digital Archive,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Houston, April 2003.

• “Science, History, Hope and the Smithsonian,” Smithsonian Institution Archives Research in Progress Lecture Series, Washington, March 2003.

• “How Has Life Changed Since September 11?” National Museum of American History Panel, Washington, March 2003.

• “Archives & Terrorism,” University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences Panel, Pittsburgh, September 2002.

• “Science and History in the British Empire Exhibition, 1924-5,″ University of Oxford Problems in the History of Science Seminar Series, Oxford, January 2002.

• “Robert T. Gunther, Historian of Science,” British Society for the History of Science Graduate Conference, Oxford, December 2001.

• “Science History and Attitudes Toward Material Culture Between the Wars,” XIXth Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Oxford, September 2000.

• “Constructivist Historiography: Some Implications for Museums,” Fourth British/North American Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society, St. Louis, August 2000.

• “Why Don’t Historians of Science Care About Science Museums?” Science Communication, Education and the History of Science Conference, Royal Society of London, July 2000.

• “Science Museums and Constructivism,” British Society for the History of Science Graduate Conference, Cambridge, January 2000.


Found History, professional research blog exploring digital humanities and public history.

Digital Campus, a biweekly podcast discussion of how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums.

• Professional appearances in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the BBC, CNN and MSNBC.


• National Council on Public History Outstanding Public History Project, Bracero History Archive, 2010.
• Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration, Omeka, 2008.
• American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit for Leadership in History, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, 2007.


• Lead Organizer/Cooperator, WebWise 2012-13 Conference, Institute for Museum and Library Services, 2011-present.
• Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2010-present.
• President, Corporation for Digital Scholarship, 2009-present.
• Member, Digital Media Group, National Council on Public History, 2008-present.
• Research Fellow, Science Museum, London, 2008-2010.
• Member, Program Committee, WebWise 2011 Conference, Institute for Museum and Library Services, 2010-2011.
• Member, Program Committee, edUi Conference, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2010.
• Co-organizer, The Conscience Unconference, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2009.
• Exhibit advisor, Katrina, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA, 2006-2007.
• Exhibit partner, September 11: Bearing Witness to History, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, 2002-2003.
• Partner, The Sonic Memorial Project, National Public Radio’s Lost & Found Sound, 2002-2003.
• Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution Archives 2001-2003.