Hello I'm Jenn Scott

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”




Professional Philosophy

There is more data and content now than ever before and more is being created every second—it can be a challenge to know what to do with it all.

How do we store it safely and describe it in such a way that it can be easily found again? How do we protect its rights, integrity, and provenance? How do we use and remix it in ways that are both practical and innovative? And, most importantly, how do we link and contextualize it in a way that is useful and sustainable?

I care deeply about the answers to these questions. I believe that information can and should be useful, relevant, & easily accessible to those who want and need it.


01. linked data and the semantic web

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords. A shift towards publishing data and web documents in machine readable ways as well as human centered ways will help us break our data and information out of their silos so it can be better used, remixed, and displayed in ways that help and matter.

02. metadata standards

Without a common language, it's harder for both humans and machines to know what type of data or information they're looking at. It is vital to ensure that shared data and information meets the standards of their respective schemes, whether it's Dublin Core, RDF, or even FOAF.

03. Human-centered design

With machine learning and algorithmic search on the rise, the need for human-friendly tech is more important than ever. I say human-centered rather than user-centered design because I believe in designing technology to fit humans rather than training humans to fit technology.

04. Digital curation & preservation

By approaching the care and management of digital files and data with an eye toward long-term preservation and the strategic curation of digital assets, we can transform digital assets into more than just the sum of their parts and add value to the collection as a whole.


“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.” 

jimmy buffett


Curriculum Vitae


Relevant experience

  • Digital Marketing Manager, Community College of Allegheny County (2011-present)

  • Archives Volunteer, Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center (2016-2017)

  • Content Developer, Webkite (2011-2012)

  • Library & Archives Intern, Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library (2008-2010)

  • Archives Intern, U.S. Navy Operational Archives (2009)


Professional affiliations

  • American Library Association, member

  • Pennsylvania Library Association, member

  • Drexel University Metadata Research Center, member

  • Society of American Archivists, member

  • Heinz History Center Detre Library & Archives, volunteer

  • Interference Archive, supporting member