About

My name is Tim Walsh. I am a digital preservationist and software developer based in Montreal. I work as the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University.

Prior to joining Concordia University Library, I was a 2018 Summer Fellow at the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard University. Between 2015-2018 I planned and implemented a 5 FTE digital preservation program as the Digital Archivist at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. While working on my MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons University (then Simmons College) in Boston, I was lucky enough to work and be mentored in archives and/or digital preservation at Harvard Business School Historical Collections, Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives, and the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.

I am also a software developer with experience building command-line, GUI, and web applications using technologies like Python, Django, Django Rest Framework, Django Channels, PyQt5, JavaScript, and Vue.js. I am a strong believer in free and open source software (FOSS) and am the developer/maintainer of several FOSS digital preservation software utilities.

Some of my areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Digital architecture and design records
  • Management of sensitive information in digital archives
  • Environmental sustainability of digital preservation
  • Digital preservation repository system planning and design
  • Archivematica
  • BitCurator
  • Digital forensics and digital processing workflows
  • Scripting and automation
  • Web archiving

In 2018 I was featured in an Atlas Obscura article about software preservation (The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files) and I’m still glowing.

Other mentions of my work and examples of my software in use include: