Micah Altman

Micah Altman

Director of Research, MIT Libraries
Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science
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Dr. Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, Dr. Altman served at Harvard University for fifteen years as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.

Dr Altman conducts work primarily in the fields of in social science, information privacy, information science and research methods, and statistical computation --  focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge.

Marguerite Avery

Research Affiliate
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For the past ten years, Margy was Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press where she acquired scholarly, trade, and reference work in Science and Technology Studies, Information Science, Communications, and Internet Studies. She created critically acclaimed series such as those in Infrastructures Studies (Geoffrey Bowker and Paul Edwards), the Information Society (Laura DeNardis and Michael Zimmer) and History and Foundations of Information Science (Michael Buckland, Jonathan Furner, and Markus Krajewski). Margy also developed the trade Essential Knowledge series, designed to convey challenging concepts to a more popular readership; such topics have included intellectual property strategy (by John Palfrey), memes in digital culture (by Limor Shifman), crowdsourcing (by Daren Brabham), and open access (by Peter Suber).

RIchard Landau

Research Program Affiliate

Richard "Rick" Landau holds a Masters (ABD) in statistics from Princeton,  and has had long and varied experience with many types and many aspects of computer systems, computer languages, networks, and architectures. 

He has lead the development of numerous public computing standards through DEC, Dell and DMTF, and holds two patents.

Wenqing Lu

Graduate Research Intern

Wenqing is a research intern in the program

She also holds a Master of Arts in Russian language, and is scheduled to complete a MSLIS at Simmons College GSLIS in 2014.

Alex Wei

Alumni: Research Intern

Alex Wei is a student intern for the MIT Program on Information Science for MIT Libraries working on projects related to open data and transparency. A senior at Newton North High School, Alex enjoys studying History, Math, and Languages. He has an interest in politics and humanities.