Peter Alexander Mangiafico

Product Manager, Digital Library Systems and Services

Peter Mangiafico is a Product Manager and Software Enginner in the Digital Library Systems and Services group working on digitization, infrastructure and other digital library products.


  • BA Physics, Johns Hopkins University
  • MS Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • ME Engineering Physics, University of Virginia

Professional activities 

Open Source Projects

ImpactProbe (Google Summer of Code 2010) - Analyze social media and other input sources for trends that measure impact of outreach projects

Encyclopedia of Life Website - Website with one page per species

Species Viz - Visualization browser for species, ecosystems, and their interactions

Encyclopedia of Life Ingestion Form - Species observation form using embedded Google Maps

Selected Publications 

 "Method and system for the storage and retrieval of web-based education materials". US Patent #6789228. Accepted September 7, 2004.

Williams, Mark B.; Mangiafico, Peter A.; Simoni, Piero U. "Noise Power Spectra of Images from Digital Mammography Detectors". Medical Physics, Volume 26, Issue 7, July 1999, pp.1279-1293.

"Liberate your data". Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, Oct 23-24, 2010. Mountain View, CA.

"Building the Encyclopedia of Life". Elderhostel/Exploritas. Multiple talks 2008-2010. April 26, 2010. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), League City, Texas.

More about me 

Peter has recently worked on projects with the Revs InstituteVisionlearning, the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA, Harvard University, and the Advent of Complex Life NASA Astrobiology team.  He worked for several years on the Encyclopedia of Life project, and has previously worked as a software engineer, project manager, high school teacher, and NASA researcher.

Peter's professional interests lie in how the science community can become better connected with the public through improved public outreach and education.  Since most funding is from public sources, the science community has a large vested interest in engaging in this type of activity.  And since the future of our planet depends on appropriate uses of science and technology, the public needs to be informed and become a greater part of the process. Technology such as social media provides opportunities to improve these interactions and reduce the importance of the traditional industries in the middle.

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