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Jonathan Crabtree

Jonathan Crabtree Jonathan Crabtree is Assistant Director for Archives and Information Technology at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill. As assistant director, Crabtree completely revamped the institute’s technology infrastructure and has positioned the institute to assume a leading national role in information archiving. His current efforts include working with the University of Michigan, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and preservation partners across the country to create a national preservation strategy for social science data and shaping the institute’s geospatial analysis program to introduce geospatial methods into social science research at UNC Chapel Hill. Crabtree’s twenty two years of experience in information technology and networking as well as his engineering background bring a different perspective to his current role. Crabtree joined the institute fourteen years ago and is responsible for designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the institute’s wide array of services. Before moving to the social science side of campus he was an information systems technologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His grounding in medical information technology adds to his education and training in electrical engineering, computer science, economics, information & library science, geographic information systems, hydrology and geomorphology. In addition to his work at the institute he is working part time on an advance degree in the School of Information & Library Science here at UNC. He has local roots here in the Chapel Hill area and is active in the volunteer community. His recent efforts include chairing the building committee for Woods Charter School which has resulted in an exciting new educational facility for the community as well as volunteering as a scoutmaster in a local Boy Scout troop.