Jerome McDonough

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Berkeley

202 LIS
(217) 244-5916
jmcdonou [at]

Office Hours

By appointment
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Sociotechnical and social constructionist approaches to design and development of information systems; digital preservation and knowledge curation; metadata and information. 


Jerome McDonough has been on the faculty of the School since 2005. His research focuses on sociotechnical aspects of digital libraries, with a particular focus on issues of metadata and description as well as digital preservation of complex media and software. Prior to joining the faculty at the iSchool, McDonough served as the head of the Digital Library Development Team for New York University. He has also been an active participant in metadata standards activities for digital libraries, having served as chair of the METS Editorial Board, as well as serving on the NISO Standards Development Committee and on the ODRL International Advisory Board.

McDonough completed his doctoral studies the U.C. Berkeley School of Library & Information Studies in 2000. His dissertation, "Under Construction: The Application of a Feminist Sociology to Information Systems Design," investigated the construction of identity in graphical, computed-mediated communication systems and the influence that CMC system designers may yield on their users' presentation of self.


Sociotechnical Info Systems (IS543AO)
Digital Preservation (IS586AO)

Research Projects

Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage

The past decade has seen tremendous progress in the field of preservation, particularly with respect to preservation of digital materials. To date, however, there has been only minimal research activity within North America on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage—such as language, cuisine, performing arts, and traditional craftsmanship—and its relationship to the preservation of material expressions of culture.

Completed Research Projects

Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations

McDonough, Jerome & Stephen Downie. “Selecting and Applying Standards for Building Data Collections.” DCWS Data Curation Workshop, Feb. 26, 2015, Hong Kong.

McDonough, Jerome. “Falling Through the Cracks: Digital Preservation and Institutional Failures.” Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2014 Membership Meeting, Dec. 8-9, 2014, Washington, DC.

McDonough, Jerome. “Failure to Connect: Institutional Impediments to the Preservation of Virtual Worlds.” Digital Memories: 5th Global Conference, 24th Sept. – 26th Sept., 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

McDonough, Jerome. “Fostering High-Impact Research in the Preservation Field: A Response.” Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDT&C), 43(1-2), April 2014, pp. 65-68.

McDonough, Jerome. “Some Assembly Required: Reflections on XML Semantics, Digital Preservation and the Construction of Knowledge.” Balisage: The Markup Conference 2013, Aug. 6-9, 2013, Montréal, Canada. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2013.

McDonough, Jerome. “Preserving Virtual Worlds: Bytes, Context & Community.” An invited talk at the Rosetta Advisory Group Meeting, 2013, New York, NY, June 3-4, 2013.

McDonough, Jerome. “Preserving Virtual Worlds Curation Tool.” CurateGear 2013: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections, Jan. 9, 2013, Chapel Hill, NC.

McDonough, Jerome. “A Tangled Web: Metadata and Problems in Game Preservation.” In Janet Delve, David Anderson, Milena Dobreva, Drew Baker, Clive Billenness & Leo Konstantelos (Eds.), The Preservation of Complex Objects, Volume 3, Gaming Environments and Virtual Worlds. London: JISC (2013).

Decker, A., Egert, C., Phelps, A., and McDonough, J., “Technical Properties of Play: A Technical Analysis of Significant Properties for Video Game Preservation”, in Proceedings from the 4th International IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Games Innovation Conference (IGIC 2012), Rochester, NY, pp. 56-59, September, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome. “Preserving Virtual Worlds [虚拟世界的数字信息保存]: Computer Games & Digital Preservation [电脑游戏和数字保存].” An invited talk at the School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, May 30, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome. “Preserving Virtual Worlds [虚拟世界的数字信息保存]: Computer Games & Digital Preservation [电脑游戏和数字保存].” An invited talk at Southwest University, Chongqing, China, May 25, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome. “A Tangled Web: Metadata & Problems in Game Preservation.” An invited talk at the Preservation of Complex Objects Symposia: Gaming Environments & Virtual Worlds, Cardiff, Wales, UK, January 26-27, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome. “Knee-Deep in the Data: Practical Problems in Applying the OAIS Reference Model to the Preservation of Computer Games.” Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference On System Sciences (HICSS), Maui, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome & Robert Olendorf. “Saving Second Life: Issues in Archiving a Complex, Multi-user Virtual World.” International Journal of Digital Curation, 6(2), 2011.

McDonough, Jerome. “Packaging Videogames for Long-Term Preservation: Integrating FRBR and the OAIS Reference Model.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 62(1), January 2011, pp. 171-184.

McDonough, Jerome, Robert Olendorf, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Kari Kraus, Doug Reside, Rachel Donahue, Andrew Phelps, Christopher Egert, Henry Lowood & Susan Rojo. Preserving Virtual Worlds Final Report. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois.

McDonough, Jerome, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Doug Reside, Neil Fraistat and Dennis Jerz. “Twisty Little Passages Almost All Alike: Applying the FRBR Model to a Classic Computer Game.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 4(2), Fall 2010.

McDonough, Jerome. How will we preserve virtual worlds? In Bart De Nil & Jeroen Walterus (Eds.), Erfgoed 2.0: Nieuwe Perspectieven voor Digitaal Erfgoed. Brussel: Pharo Publishing (2009).

McDonough, Jerome. “XML, Interoperability and the Social Construction of Markup Languages: The Library Example.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3(3), 2009.

McDonough, Jerome. “Aligning METS with the OAI-ORE Data Model.” Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2009: Designing Tomorrow, Preserving the Past – Today. Austin, TX, June 15-19, 2009.

Related Topics

Archives and Preservation, Cultural Informatics and Heritage, Data Curation, Design and Evaluation of Information Systems and Services, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Organization of Knowledge and Information, Social and Information Networks, metadata, sociotechnical systems, data curation, preservation, XML, OAIS, participatory design, scholarly communication