Dr. Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, he served at Harvard University for fifteen years as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Dr. Altman conducts research in social science, information science and research methods — focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge.
Dr. Altman has authored over sixty publications and seven open-source software packages that span information science, statistics, computer science, political science, law, and other social-science disciplines. His books correct common computational errors made across the range of social sciences, and articulate principles for data management and dissemination. Dr. Altman’s work has been recognized with awards from professional organizations, citations by the U.S. Supreme Court, and coverage by numerous local and national media organizations.