Manifesto for System Craftsmanship
Raising the bar even further.


Susanna Allés Torrent | Hyper philologist

Susanna teaches Digital Humanities in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. She earned her Ph.D in Romance Studies at the University of Barcelona in 2012, and completed a M.A. in «Nouvelles technologies appliquées à l’histoire» at the École Nationale des Chartes (Paris). She has taught at the University of Barcelona and she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Her research explores several aspects of digital humanities, especially, scholarly digital editions, electronic text analysis, intertextuality and text reuse, and digital lexicography. She also works with the intersection of the Iberian Peninsula and Italy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, reconstructing cultural and literary networks between the two.

Terry Catapano | Metadata ninja

Terry Catapano is a Librarian in Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Program Division. He was Chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Schema Development Team, responsible for the development of Encoded Archival Description version 3, and is a member of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Group and the Editorial Board for the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS). As Vice President of Plazi Verein, he leads the development of the TaxPub extension of the National Library of Medicine/National Center for Biotechnology Information Journal Publishing DTD, and has worked on digitizing, text mining, and providing open access to the literature of biological systematics, including collaborations with WikiData, the Encylopedia of Life, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), ZooBank, and CERN.

Alex Gil | Resident minimalist

Alex is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History at Columbia University. He is vice chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative focusing on minimal computing and translation, is one of the founders and directors of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities and the Studio@Butler, and is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects at Columbia and around the world.

Johann Gillium | Search master

After having studied digital humanities at the Ecole nationale des Chartes in Paris, Johann has worked in France as a librarian at the Bibliothèque interuniversaire de Santé, where he most notably contributed to the Vesalius project, the digital edition of several works by the great anatomist Andreas Vesalius.


As many open source projects, Ed is the work of community. The project starts with the open web, and everything in between leading to Jekyll and the wonderful team who wrangled that Ruby in our favor. The theme stylesheets are built on top of Lanyon, a Jekyll theme based on Poole, “the Jekyll butler,” both created by Mark Otto and distributed with an MIT license. Thanks, Mark, for your helpful streamlining! Special hat tips to brother-in-markdown-arms, Chris Forster, and the generous Sylvester Keil for his work on Jekyll Scholar.

We are strongly indebted to the research work and conversations stemming out of our Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities—or as we like to call it: #xpmethod; the wonderful international comradery of GO::DH; and of course, the support of our Columbia University Libraries and its cozy Studio@Butler.

…and to the writers that inspire us to scribble notes on the margins we protect with our work. Thank you.