History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Patrick D Murray-John

Patrick D Murray-John

Patrick D Murray-John

Assistant Professor

Omeka, Linked Open Data, Digital Humanities

Dr. Patrick Murray-John received a B.S. in Mathematics from Iowa State University, and a M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He taught literature and writing at both the University of Mary Washington and at the University of Richmond. In 2006 he became an Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Mary Washington. In that role, he learned to develop code to augment the WordPress, Drupal, and Omeka content management systems in close collaboration with faculty to meet their teaching and research goals. He joined the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as a web developer and Research Assistant Professor in 2011, and is now the Omeka Development Team Manager. He also currently serves on the THATCamp Council, THATCamp's governance body. Patrick's interest in pursing creative uses of technology for the humanities has led him to pursue many projects beyond regular development of Omeka. He participated in the One Week | One Tool summer institute at RRCHNM in 2010, which built the WordPress plugin Anthologize. He also won the Modern Language Association's New Variorum Challenge in 2012 for “Bill-Crit-O-Matic”, a site that restructured the TEI of their edition of “The Comedy of Errors” into an Omeka site. His most recent project is “U.S. Museums Explorer”, an Omeka site that fosters discovery of local museums based on location and other factors.