Richard Marciano

Richard Marciano

Professor and Director, Digital Curation Innovation Center
(301) 314-0281
(301) 314-9145


PhD, University of Iowa
Postdoc in Computational Geography


 4110C Hornbake Bldg, South Wing


Richard is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) and director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab.  Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program.  His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data.  He is currently the U. Maryland lead on a 5-year $10.5M 2013-2018 NSF/DIBBs implementation grant with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign called "Brown Dog".  He holds degrees in Avionics and Electrical Engineering, a Master's and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and conducted a Postdoc in Computational Geography.

Research Interests

Digital preservation
Archives and records management
Digital curation
Electronic records
Digital humanities
Spatial informatics
Big data



  • INST742 (part of the online CMDA post-master’s certificate) Implementing the Curation and Management of Digital Assets
  • INST888 Doctoral Seminar (part I)

Recent Publications & Products

  • Diane Travis, Myeong Lee, Magdalena Rojas, Allison Gunn, Anuj Nimkar, Gregory Jansen, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Richard Marciano, “Unlocking the Archives of Displacement and Trauma: Revealing Hidden Patterns and Exploring New Modes of Public Access through Innovation and Infrastructure”, in Archiving 2016, Apr. 21, 2016, Washington D.C.

  • Greg Jansen, Richard Marciano, Smruti Padhy, Kenton McHenry, "Designing Scalable Cyberinfrastructure for Metadata Extraction in Billion-Record Archives", 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation -- iPRES 2016, Bern Switzerland, Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

  • N. D. B. Connolly, LaDale Winling, Robert Nelson, Richard Marciano, “The Mapping State: ‘Big Data’ Meets Social History in the Story of Redlining”, Book Chapter in Ian Gregory, Don Lafreniere (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Spatial History, May 2017.


Research Projects: 

Brown Dog

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano

The information age has made it trivial for anyone to create and then share vast amounts of digital data.

Improving Fedora to Work with Web-scale Storage and Services

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Investigator: Greg Jansen

The Digital Curation Innovation Center plans to improve the performance and scalability of the Fedora Repository for the Fedora community by researching, developing, and testing software architectures.