Dr. Owens works at the intersection of libraries, archives, museums, education and digital technology. His passion is working to ensure that libraries, archives and museums are making the best potential use of digital tools and infrastructure to accomplish their public and civic missions. He has experience developing strategy and national policy around digital preservation and stewardship, managing the development of open source software projects, curating online collections and exhibitions, and steering grantmaking initiatives to build capacity. His doctoral work in social science research methods anchors all of his work in methods in research and evaluation.
- LBSC 784 Digital Preservation
- INST 745 Introduction to Digital Arts Curation
- LBSC 708 Digital Public History (Special Topics in Information Studies)
- Digital strategy for libraries, archives, and museums
- Born digital collection development practice and policy
- Digital preservation practice and policy
- Digital history
- Open source software platforms and tools for libraries, archives, and museums
- PhD , Research Methods and Educational Technology, George Mason University
- MA, History and New Media, George Mason University
- BA, History of Science, Certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Recent Publications & Products
- Owens, T. (2015). Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web. Peter Lang, New York.
- Owens, T. (2015). Lego, Handcraft, and Costumed Zombies: What Zombies do on Flickr.New Directions in Folklore 13 (1), 17-92.
- Marx, M., Owens, T. (June, 2015). The National Digital Platform for Libraries and Museums Collaborating on tools and services across organizations. American Libraries.
- Sheridan, K., Halverson, E, Litts, B., Brahms, L.,Jacobs-Priebe, L., Owens, T. (2015). Learning in the making: A comparative case study of three makerspaces Harvard Educational Review 84 (4), 505-531.
- Owens, T. (2013) Digital Cultural Heritage and the Crowd. Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 56. Iss. 1.
- Altman, M., Bailey, J., Cariani, K., Gallinger, M., Mandelbaum, J., Owens, T. (2013).NDSA Storage Report: Reflections on National Digital Stewardship Alliance Member Approaches to Preservation Storage Technologies. D-Lib. Vol 19. Iss 5.
- Gibbs, F., & Owens, T. (2012). Building Better Digital Humanities Tools: Toward Broader Audiences and User-Centered Designs. Digital Humanities Quarterly. Vol 6. Iss 2.
- Lauren, A., Bailey, J., & Owens, T. (2012). Viewshare and the Kress Collection: Creating, Sharing, and Rapidly Prototyping Visual Interfaces to Cultural Heritage Collection Data.D-Lib. Vol 18. Iss 12.
- Owens, T. (2012). Defining Data for Humanists: Text, Artifact, Information or Evidence?The Journal of Digital Humanities. Vol 1. Iss 1.
- Owens, T. & Bailey, J. (October, 2012). Viewshare: Digital Interfaces as Scholarly Activity.Perspectives on History.
- Owens, T. J. (2012). Tripadvisor rates Einstein: Using the social web to unpack the public meanings of a cultural heritage site. The International Journal of Web Based Communities. Vol. 8. Iss. 1.