Project Contributor, Project Staff, Project Team Member, Steering Committee Chair, Steering Committee Member
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Wiggin began her career as a cultural historian, and ecological concerns increasingly animate her teaching and writing, as well as engagement projects at the intersection of public humanities and citizen science.
With students at the University of Pennsylvania, Wiggin co-founded the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities in 2014. With a start-up grant of $10k, PPEH has grown rapidly, now with the support of a grant for $1.5 million from the Mellon Foundation. PPEH also convenes the public Schuykill River and Urban Waters Research seminar, a collaboration with Drexel University and Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. In late fall 2016, PPEH Fellows created Data Refuge, a public engagement project about US climate and environmental data that has garnered world-wide attention and support. With the support of Penn Libraries and many other partners in libraries and universities across the country, over 50 Data Rescue events had been held by May 2017. That same month, Data Refuge also co-organized the first meeting of the Libraries+ Network, a convening of over sixty organizations from government, archives, libraries, research, advocacy, open science and open data organizations. Now also with support from the National Geographic Foundation, Data Refuge continues its work across sectors to collect stories about the array of uses that local communities make of federal environmental data and about the kinds of data local and regional communities need at a time of rapid anthropogenic climate change.
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SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING AND ACADEMIC RESOURCES COALITION (SPARC)
Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), a library-based organization that support open access to the results of scholarly and scientific research through enabling open access publishing and archiving channels, programs, and advocacy for local, national and international open access policies. She has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting new models for the open sharing of digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices.