My name is Brian M. Watson and I'm a Archivist and Historian specializing in Linked Data & Sexuality

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Relevant Experience

Current

American Psychological Association, Div44, CNM Taskforce

Archivist-Historian; Executive Board

May 2019 – Present
  • Serving on the executive board, working closely with co-leads Dr. Heath Schechinger and Dr. Amy Moors to document and preserve the work of 100+ professionals at 50 universities worldwide into the Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory at the Kinsey Institute. Required significant education on archival practices and federal regulations (FERPA, HIPAA ,and others). Also manage the taskforces’ KO and archiving workflows.

Dr. Marika Cifor, Dr. Robert D. Montoya

Researcher: Classifying, Documenting, and Preserving Human Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute

Jan 2019 – Present
  • Prepared literature and archival collection reviews. The research is a multi-disciplinary project involving archival studies, knowledge organization, and history, the third of which is my focus and contribution. My contributions to the research have grown out of my own research into the history of the classification and organization of sexualities in Western contexts between Hirschfield and Kinsey.

Dr. Marika Cifor

‘The Price of Admission’ GLAMs and Internship Diversity

Jan 2019 – Present
  • Undertook a large literature review of all the available information on GLAM internships and diversity, and then prepared data on nearly 400 institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections

Graduate Archivist - Intern (Linked Data Project)

Jan 2018 – Present Indiana
  • Worked on several different collections at the Kinsey, including traditional, audiovisual, and born-digital collections.
  • Helped manage a 100,000+ item digital library, including audio, video, and image items, both digitized and born-digital. This required extensive use of a variety of systems, both in-house and commercial.
  • Completed the transformation of the Kinsey Institute's internal thesaurus Sexual Nomenclature from an ANSI-standard thesaurus into SKOS-enabled linked data vocabulary. Revision and updating of terms is ongoing.

New England College

Adjunct Professor

Aug 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Taught American History, Essay Writing, and Democracy to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

  • Used class and internet participation, outside engagement in teaching 20-30 pupils.

  • Instructed on a variety of topics, including creative poetry, freshman composition, and literature classes.

Awards

2019-20

Indiana University Bloomington Janice Kilner Egloff Scholarship

Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellowship

Archives Unleashed and Columbia University Datathon Award

Kinsey Institute Library Graduate Fellow

Indiana University Bloomington Margaret Griffin Coffin Fellow

Recent Publications

A Report from ALA's annual conference … Continue reading Still Chilling: Censorship Beyond Banned Books →

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A discussion of the ways in which linked data, classification, and cataloging can inform each other in digital envirionments.

A presentation on the variety of ways that queer digital archives are approaching linked data.

For a several years, I was the co-host and CFO of the AskHistorians Podcast.

I presented on the history of porn studies, particularly focusing on the relationship between Steven Marcus and the Kinsey Institute.

Library and Archive Specific Skills

Archiving

Digital Archiving

Finding Aids

Linked Data

Oral Histories

Controlled Vocabularies

Knowledge Organization

Open Access

Social Media

Proficiencies (Digital)

Omeka

Microsoft Office

Online Collaboration

Educational Software

Adobe Creative Suite

Audacity

Ubuntu

Languages & Coding

Markdown

XML

Python

HTML & CSS

Ruby

LAMP Servers

NoSQL;MYSQL

French

Awards

2011-18

ACRL Women & Gender Studies Student Fellow

American Library Association National Student2Staff Award

Indiana University May Copeland Fellow

Drew University David Kohn Thesis Award

Other Experience

Current and Past

The Algernon Charles Swinburne Project

Encoder

Sep 2019 – Dec 2016
  • XML-TEI Encoding of Swinburne's letters and essays. This project is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. ​

Scholarly Communications, Indiana University Libraries

Open Access Graduate Assistant

Aug 2018 – Dec 2018 XXX
  • Worked on several major projects within the Scholarly Communications department and among other Indiana University school units. This includes projects such as the management and understanding of the institutional DSpace repository, blogging, preparing educational materials, administrating Open Journal Systems for Open Access Journals.
  • Contributed towards the promotion, event planning and development of the department.
  • Developed a social media strategy for the promotion of Scholarly Communications work including blogging, podcasts, and videos on Twitter and other platforms. Also helped in the management and distribution of departmental email accounts and email newsletters.

New England College

Adjunct Professor

Aug 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Taught American History, Essay Writing, and Democracy to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
  • Used class and internet participation, outside engagement in teaching 20-30 pupils.
  • Instructed on a variety of topics, including creative poetry, freshman composition, and literature classes.

Historical Researcher and Cataloger

Jul 2015 – Aug 2016
  • Provided research and information for company that sought to disrupt the usual antique store model by selling directly to consumers.
  • Supervised a team of 20 photographers and listers.

Self

International Researcher and Author

Jan 2013 – Jan 2018
  • Researched and wrote a book on the development of censorship and obscenity, which resulted in an interview on Conan O'Brien, and inspired a number of interviews, articles and more.
  • Spent nearly seven months abroad conducting international research on restricted material.

AskHistorians

CFO, Moderator, Podcast Host

Jan 2012 – Sep 2019
  • Helped in the establishment of AskHistorians as the largest academic public history forum with nearly 1MM subscribers, 20MM monthly pageviews, and 20-30,000 monthly podcast listeners and financial supporters.
  • Received recognition from the AHA and NCPH and collaborated with the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Contact

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  • Bloomingtion, IN, USA