Alexandra M. Chassanoff

I’m a doctoral candidate at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  I am currently analyzing data for my dissertation, which examines how historians are using digital archival photographs as forms of evidence.   I’m also an activist, metadata enthusiast, musician, film and record nerd, and overall fan of good eats.

My broad research interests concern how we understand and evaluate visual information as meaningful in the digital age. In particular, I am interested in conceptualizing the use of visual information as an emergent practice.

I am currently the Project Manager at BitCurator Access, a Mellon-funded initiative to develop open-source software providing web-based and local access to born-digital content held on disk images.  From September 2011 until October 2014, I was the Project Manager at the BitCurator Project.  The project consisted of conceptualizing and then building  an open-source digital forensics software environment for archivists working with born-digital materials.  You can learn more about my research here.