Andrew Piper (Keynote)

Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. His work focuses on using the tools of data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to study literature and culture. He is the director of .txtlab, a laboratory for cultural analytics, and author most recently of, Enumerations: Data and Literary Study (Chicago 2018) and Can We Be Wrong? The Problem of Textual Evidence in a Time of Data (Cambridge 2020).

Michelle Alexopoulos

Michelle Alexopoulos is a professor of economics at the University of Toronto with a cross appointment to the Faculty of Information. She is currently the vice-president of the Canadian Economics Association, a fellow of the Bank of Canada, a Canadian Productivity Partnership collaborator, and a faculty affiliate at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, the Data Sciences Institute, and the School of Cities at U of T. Alexopoulos is a macroeconomist whose research focuses on business cycles, monetary policy, technical change, economic uncertainty, labor markets and productivity. Her research, supported by numerous public and private grants, has been published in top tier economics journals, and has been presented at numerous central banks, international conferences, academic departments, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Leslie Barnes

Leslie Barnes is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries' Map and Data Library, where she supports digital research services, technology instruction, and researcher support for digital methods, including text and data mining. In her professional practice, Leslie believes deeply in user-centred service design while emphasizing sustainability and scalability.

Elio Colavito

Elio Colavito (he/they) is a white, trans, settler and PhD candidate in the Department of History with a collaborative specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on trans-masculine resource-sharing networks and social communities in Canada and the US from 1970 to 2005. They are also a researcher with the LGTBQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory and Queer and Trans Research Lab.

John Dillon

John Dillon is the Text and Data Mining Sr. Product Manager for TDM Studio at Clarivate. His expertise is creating EdTech products which focus on data visualization, natural language processing, and data science. He also has published research focused on Sentiment Analysis, Machine Learning, and Learning Analytics. He has a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and has worked previously as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Notre Dame, USAID, and IBM Research.

Nick Field

Nick Field (they/them) is a Reference Specialist at the Map & Data Library, University of Toronto Libraries, where they provide research help with maps, GIS, and text analysis. They are also a doctoral candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, researching the maps of the orientalist Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943).

Marcel Fortin

Marcel Fortin is the Head Librarian at the Map and Data Library. He has been a librarian at the University of Toronto since 1999.

Kara Handren

Kara Handren is a Data Librarian at the University of Toronto. She provides support for data discovery and analysis across the University’s St. George Campus, including text and data mining tools and techniques. Kara previously worked as a Metadata Librarian at Scholars Portal, the service branch of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. She holds a Masters degree in History and a Master of Information, both from the University of Toronto.

David Hansen

David Hansen is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit that exists to advance the interests of authors who research and write for the public benefit. David is a librarian and copyright attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina. Before joining the Authors Alliance, David was Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communications and Lead for Copyright and Information Policy at Duke University. He has also held academic appointments at UC Berkeley Law and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. He has written extensively on fair use, mass digitization, authors rights, orphan works, and controlled digital lending, and other information law issues, and has taught on those issues in libraries, law schools and other settings across the world. He helped launch the Library Copyright Institute, an IMLS-funded project to provide copyright education for librarians at historically underfunded and minority-serving institutions, and is a co-PI on a current Authors Alliance project supported by the Mellon Foundation titled “Text and Data-Mining: Demonstrating Fair Use” which aims to support humanities researches on legal issues in text and data-mining work.

Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen is the Mathematics & Statistics librarian at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Their research interests include the dynamics of citation aging, delayed recognition with a focus on disciplinary differences, mathematical storytelling and its impact on mathematical identity and belonging, and social justice concepts within STEM librarianship. They have been helping to support Text and Data mining research at the University of Michigan libraries since they were hired, where they have supported the use of high perfomance computing resources and the operationalization of large structured data resources. They are also the database developer for a number of digital humanities projects including the Media History Digital Library and PodcastRE.

Dr. Raina Heaton

Dr. Raina Heaton is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and an Assistant Curator of the Native American Languages Collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She is a linguist interested in documenting and describing endangered and under-resourced languages, and she works with language communities on projects related to language research and language revitalization.

Daniel Hickey

Daniel is the Head of the Business and Brause Real Estate Libraries at New York University. His research focuses on the intersection of information seeking behavior and needs of business students and faculty. Daniel did his graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Science, and has previously held positions at The Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University.

Ariel Katz

Ariel Katz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Professor Katz received his LL.B. and LL.M from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his SJD from the University of Toronto. His general area of research involves economic analysis of competition law and intellectual property law, with allied interests in electronic commerce, pharmaceutical regulation, the regulation of international trade, and particularly the intersection of these fields. Between 2009 and 2012, Professor Katz was the Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. Prior to joining the University of Toronto Professor Katz was a staff attorney at the Israeli Antitrust Authority. While there, he litigated several merger appeals and restrictive arrangements cases before the Antitrust Tribunal and negotiated regulatory settlements. Professor Katz currently teaches courses on intellectual property, cyberlaw, and the intersection of competition law and intellectual property, and shares some of his current thoughts on these issues on his blog.

Amy Kirchhoff

Amy Kirchhoff enjoys her long career at JSTOR, Portico, and ITHAKA. She is currently the Senior Manager for Constellate, which offers a comprehensive and easily accessible program that helps you develop text analysis and data mining competencies, along with related skills, through multiple modes of learning and hands-on application.

Stephanie Labou

Stephanie Labou is the Data Science Librarian with the University of California San Diego Library. Stephanie provides user assistance with datasets and data analysis through general reference, consultations, and collection development of licensed and open access data. She also co-manages the library’s Data & GIS Lab, which supports the full data lifecycle of quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial data-intensive research at UC San Diego, and acts as the library’s liaison to the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute on campus, which includes the undergraduate and graduate data science degree programs.

Dr. Kun Lu

Dr. Kun Lu is an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are applied natural language processing, text mining, and science informatics. He has been collaborating with domain experts in applying text mining and natural langauge processing in different fields, including Native Studies, Materials Science, and Oncology.

Jess Ludwig

Jess Ludwig is Director of Product Management, Digital Humanities at Gale. Jess leads the global digital platform strategy for Gale Primary Sources and Gale Digital Scholar Lab with emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and customer needs.

James Mason

James Mason is a Music Librarian at the Faculty of Music Library at the University of Toronto. James holds a master degree in music from the University of British Columbia as well as a master degree in library and information studies. James' current research interests include textual analysis and datamining, as well as copyright and collection analysis.

Dr. Raymond Orr

Dr. Raymond Orr is an Associate Professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies in Dartmouth College. His research centers on two approaches to Indigenous politics. The first approach examines institutions and attitudes internal to Indigenous politics. The second approach seeks to understand attitudes about Indigenous peoples from the perspective of settler societies. His research places these themes into contact with multiple fields, including tribal health policy, law, identity, trauma and economic development.

Dr. Keyao "Kyle" Pan

Dr. Keyao "Kyle" Pan received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Chicago in 2021. He specializes in the history of discourse and activism about rights (especially concepts related to human rights) in Japan and Asia. Dr. Pan's primary research to date has focused on how the term jinken (lit. "human rights" in Japanese) has gained and lost critical potential for conceptualizing Japan as a nation within empires over the past century and a half. His forthcoming monograph, tentatively titled Chasing the Beyond: Overcoming Empire(s) with "Human Rights" in Japan, recovers the obscured localized history of jinken to illuminate how the optic of empire can be both constructed and forgotten in the context of Asia, especially in today's new Cold War.
Dr. Pan is also building a network database of historical justice activism in Japan and Asia using digital tools such as Neo4j and other graph database and visualization tools. He is currently working on a graph database of the lawsuits, lawyers, and activists in the 1990s transnational reparations movement for Japan's colonial and wartime atrocities (

Rachael Samberg

Rachael is the director of UC Berkeley’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services. A Duke Law graduate, Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation for seven years at Fenwick & West LLP before spending six years at Stanford Law School’s library, where she was Head of Reference & Instructional Services and a Lecturer in Law. She has led UC Berkeley's scholarly communications program since 2016, and speaks nationally and internationally about copyright and information policy issues. She serves as director and advisor for multiple grant projects related to legal literacies in text and data mining (funded by the NEH and Mellon), and is widely published on text and data mining law and policy.

Dany Savard

Dany Savard is the Associate Librarian for Collections and Research Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library where he supports the direction of collection management, digital scholarship, and research services units. He previously worked as the Director of Open Scholarship at York University. Dany holds an MLIS from Western University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Kelly Schultz

Kelly Schultz is a Data Visualization Librarian at the University of Toronto. She previously worked as a Data & GIS Librarian at the University of British Columbia, and prior to that as a subject librarian for Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Oxford. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Engineering) and a Master of Information, both from the University of Toronto.

Graeme Slaght

Graeme Slaght is the Scholarly Communication & Copyright Outreach Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. In this role, he coordinates UTL's copyright outreach services. He supports copyright and scholarly communications literacy at the university by providing policy guidance, workshops, and educational materials to faculty, students and staff.

Kirsta Stapelfeldt

Kirsta Stapelfeldt is the Head of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit and liaison librarian for Computer Science. Previously at the University of Prince Edward Island, Kirsta moved to UTSC in 2014 and maintains active connections with the open-source Islandora as the Secretary of the Board and p/t Director of Strategic Operations.

Janet Swatscheno

Janet Swatscheno is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at HathiTrust and Associate Director for Outreach and Education at HTRC. She engages with faculty, academic staff, and students on scholarly computational uses of the HathiTrust collection. Prior to joining HTRC, Janet was the Digital Publishing Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago and Co-Director of the UIC Digital Humanities Initiative.

Catherine Yeh

I am a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Sociology at the University of Toronto. My dissertation uses academia as a case for examining how increased diversity affects the ways in which people work and how they are evaluated. Methodologically, I specialize in using computational and quantitative techniques to collect and analyze large-scale text and administrative data. I am also passionate about teaching quantitative methods, particularly to beginners and social scientists. I have taught Introduction to Python workshops and am a seasoned TA in various undergraduate and graduate statistics classes.