Erika Nygard

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Hello, my name is Erika Nygard.

I am a digital librarian. I enjoy working with digital collections, metadata, and linked data approaches to provide improved access to digital resources and promote discoverability. Although I enjoy working with information resources generally, I am particularly interested in cultural heritage and genealogy projects.

About me

I am originally from Edinburgh (Scotland) but have lived in north central Massachusetts for the last 20 years. I also spent 5 years of my early years living in Leimen, near Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up in Edinburgh, I have been greatly influenced by the arts and festivals there, the museums and galleries, the lively culture and life. I worked for 10 years in professional theatre as a sound and lighting technician, working for the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival . I also fell in love with the rural highlands of Scotland, in particular the beautiful area surrounding Loch Broom, Ullapool and Ardcharnich (see my Wikipedia entry for more). where several generations of my ancestors lived. I return to Edinburgh and Ullapool as often as I can!

I have a BA (Hons) in Communications, a Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science, and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. My interests academically are in how people seek information, and how society offers information to its people. I am also interested in history, genealogy, cultural heritage informatics, and related subjects in digital humanities. I enjoy exploring ways to make cultural objects accessible, findable, discoverable, and exciting!

How can I help you?

I have recently been working with metadata vocabularies and linked data approaches to making our cultural heritage more accessible online. For examples look at my Captain Ball's Fountain website and my Murdoch Munro Collection website. Do you have a collection of precious items and want to put them in a website to share with other family members? Perhaps you have old family photos, artwork, letters, poems, ornaments, or your grandfather's military medal collection? All these things sitting in a showbox under your bed could be enjoyed more by you and your family by being either published in a book or put on a website and shared. I can help! Contact me at

Front page newspaper article Captain Ball Fountain in Warwick inspires a research project (this will bring you to another website)

Recent and Current Projects

see Projects page for more.