Ryan Shaw is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, where he wrote a dissertation on how events and periods function as concepts for organizing historical knowledge. He is also the author of the LODE (Linking Open Descriptions of Events) ontology, recently adopted by the UK Archives Hub for their Linked Data effort. He has been involved in a number of digital humanities projects through his work with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, including Bringing Lives to Light: Biography in Context (2006-2009), Context and Relationships: Ireland and Irish Studies (2007-2010), and Editorial Practices and the Web (2010-ongoing). In a previous life, he worked as a software developer in Tokyo, Japan.