Ryan Shaw

Associate Professor,
Undergraduate Program Coordinator,
School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
Room 25


Expertise and Interests:
Information organization, digital humanities / humanities computing, philosophy of information, sociology of texts, hermeneutics, knowledge representation, public history, memory institutions, new media, digitization, the Web

B.S. (Symbolic Systems) Stanford University
M.I.M.S., Ph.D. (Information Management & Systems), University of California, Berkeley

Ryan Shaw received his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, where he wrote his dissertation on how events and periods function as concepts for organizing historical knowledge. He is also the author of the LODE (Linking Open Descriptions of Events) ontology, recently adopted by the UK Archives Hub for their Linked Data effort. In 2012 he received a three-year Early Career Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to invent new tools for applying computational text processing techniques to organize large collections of civil rights histories. He is also a co-PI of the Editors' Notes project, a Mellon Foundation-funded effort to develop open, collaborative notebooks for humanists, and the PeriodO project, an NEH-funded gazetteer of scholarly assertions about the extents of historical, art-historical, and archaeological periods. In the past he has been involved in a number of digital humanities projects through his work with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative. In a previous life, he worked as a software engineer in Tokyo, Japan.

Courses Regularly Taught:
INLS 201 Foundations of Information Science
INLS 520 Organization of Information
INLS 620 Web Information Organization
INLS 550 History of the Book

Awards and Recognition:
2014 ASIS&T Book of the Year for The Discipline of Organizing, ed. Glushko. Ryan was a principal collaborating author of this information organization textbook, and author of the chapter titled “The Forms of Resource Descriptions." http://www.asis.org/asist2014/awards.html

2013 Library Juice Paper Contest winner for “Information organization and the philosophy of history.” This award is given by Library Juice Press and is intended “to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.” http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/?p=4331

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Shaw, R. 2013. Information organization and the philosophy of history.
JASIST 64(6). http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/asi.22843

Shaw, R. and Maloney, M. 2013. The forms of resource descriptions. In The Discipline of Organizing, edited by Glushko, R.J., 283–324. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Shaw, R. 2010. Events and periods as concepts for organizing historical knowledge. Ph.D. thesis, University of California, Berkeley. http://aeshin.org/dissertation/

Shaw, R., Troncy, R., and Hardman, L. 2009. LODE: Linking open descriptions of events. ASWC 2009.

Shamma, D., Shaw, R., Shafton, P., and Liu, Y. 2007. Watch what I watch: using community activity to understand content. MIR 2007.