Andy Russell

I was a co-founder of The Maintainers with Lee Vinsel, in 2016. As a co-director, I work with Lee, Jessica, and Lauren on research projects, outreach, and a variety of organizational work that goes into maintaining the Maintainers. My background … More →

Information Maintainers April 2021 Meeting

We were joined by Lidia Ponce de la Vega, Hispanic Studies Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University. Her presentation focused on the case study of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and discussing the possibilities for decolonizing online archives by exploring topics of human and nonhuman representation, diversity and inclusion, and equitable archival practices.

Jessica Meyerson

I began working with Lee and Andy on The Maintainers in 2017, bringing my experience with organizational development, community cultivation, applied research design, and sustainability planning. As a co-director, I work with Lee, Andy, and Lauren on Maintainers program design, … More →

Lee Vinsel

I was a co-founder of The Maintainers with Andy Russell, in 2016. As a co-director from 2019 – 2021, I worked with Andy, Jessica, and Lauren on research projects, outreach, and a variety of organizational work that goes into maintaining … More →

Lauren Dapena Fraiz

 I have been part of The Maintainers team since August 2020, and support the team in various capacity building areas including organizational development, community coordination, and research. My background is in non-profit development, academic research, feminist education and community health … More →

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Information Maintainers March 2021 Meeting

This month we continue to explore art and maintenance- we are joined by Lauren Callis, co-founder and executive director of Curiosity Studio, An Upcycled Closet , and art therapist. Her art practice is in painting and fiber arts. Lauren will be speaking with us about garment mending and the maintenance of this traditional skill set, made all the more important as more people seek to consume less and also connect more with their immediate personal worlds.

Information Maintainers February 2021 Meeting

Interdisciplinary artist Elisabeth Nicula discussed the maintenance of her artistic practice and archives. Elisabeth is from Norfolk, Virginia, and her artwork is in conversation with nature. She is interested in seeing and being seen by the non-human world; abstracted scales of space and time; and poetics and memory.

An Astronomical Collapse: Implications of Engineering Design Decisions on the In-Service Performance of an Unprecedented Structure

This post is written by Maintainers community member Julie Mark Cohen. See her bio below. During the Cold War by the mid-late 1950s, the U.S. military conceived the Arecibo Observatory “to aid in the research and development of ballistic missile … More →

Information Maintainers November 2020 Meeting

This month’s conversation is about documentation, with special guest Kaitlin Newson! We’ll get into the actions, routines, and communities that are needed to support and maintain the documentation needs of information systems, from someone who’s a leader in making such work happen in decentralized, open-source environments.