Consultancy and research for information and knowledge projects. Specializing in academic and corporate research settings. Residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Proven corporate and academic experience in project management, information architecture, technical development, and research.
Content Management and Digital Librarianship at University of Toronto
2012 • contract, 8 months — current
Content management and digital librarianship for Global Summitry (G8 & G20). UI/UX, digitization, search, and information architecture. Liaising with University of Toronto libraries.
Software and Geography Research at University of Toronto
2012 — 2011 • contract, 8 months
Research assistant for software and geography.
Software Preservation Research at University of Toronto
2012 • contract, 8 months
Research assistant for history of software, software preservation and collection communities.
Senior Information Specialist at Algorithmics Inc. (an IBM Company)
2007 — 2011 • full time employee, 4 years
Responsible for information architecture, publication workflow (technical and strategic), and technical documentation authoring. Architected & managed rollout of Alfresco (with Componize DITA plugin) CMS. Established Eclipse Infocenter and end-to-end redesign of information processes: distributed XML authoring, CMS, automated and just–in–time publication. Core team member of enterprise–wide Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 implementation. Received R&D Core Services Q2 2009 Excellence award.
Project Administrator and Technical Lead at The Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism
2007 — 2010 • contract, 3 years
Implementing content and communication management system for publication of the Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Administration of project for 150+ authors and editors. Developed custom PHP submission and content management system.
Teaching Assistant at University of Toronto
2006 & 2011 & 2012 • contract, 8 & 4 & 4 months
Graded essays and exams, performed administrative duties and one–on–one teaching for Ancient Philosophy (PHIL200) Early Medieval Philosophy (PHIL205) & Representation, Organization, Classification, Meaning-Making (INF1002) (three times).
Utilitarianism Research at University of Western Ontario
2006 • contract, 8 months
Research assistant on Utilitarianism. Created executive summaries and exhaustive reports. Bibliographic research tasks included electronic and archive searching, and microfilm duplication. Contract renewed.
Ancient Philosophy & Environmental Studies at University of Victoria
2003 & 2005 • contract, 1 year & 1 year
Co–organized international academic conference involving eighteen invited speakers from five countries. Researched and summarized current scholarship. Digitally archived ethnographic print and audio materials. Researched and created reports on a variety of ethnographic scholarship.
Top–tier graduate degrees in library and information science (MLIS & PhD) and philosophy (MA). Received awards.
critical history of cryptography • philosophy of cryptography • history of software & computing • software preservation • philosophy of subjectivity & modernity • information ethics & policy • metaphysics • enterprise content management • information architecture • digital humanities
PhD Information Science, FIS • 2010 — current
PhD coursework & major course complete. Currently performing data collection & fieldwork (2011-12). Received SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2012-14). Received Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowship for “Evaluating heterogeneous enterprise content environments: a case study of control” (2011-12). Brian Cantwell Smith is advisor.
Master of Library and Information Science, FIMS • 2006-7
Studied the co-constitutive nature of technology, capitalism and selfhood as manifested in mediated discourse. Applied traditional library studies (ALA accreditation) to policy, law, personality, and the political in the reflection of post–Industrial society. Received Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2006-7).
Master of Arts, Philosophy • 2006-7
Synthesized historical problems in ancient and medieval theories of the mind, property, and self. A second mode of study produced comprehensive surveys of contemporary philosophy of science, information, and epistemology. Received SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2006-7).
Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction), Philosophy • 2002-5
In-depth research of medieval Arabic philosophy and its Aristotelian and Platonic historical precedents.
U of T • 2012-14 • $40,000
PhD research on software production, history and critical theory.
U of T & Algorithmics • 2011-12 • $40,000
The rare one-year enhanced version of Canada’s premier research internship program provides funding for industry-focused research, as well as career development through MITACS STEP program. Working with global software development firm Algorithmics, an IBM Company, to research software production across the enterprise from a unique Foucauldian and applied perspective.
Algorithmics • 2009
UVic • 2007 & 2008 & 2009 • $1,000 x 3
Attended Digital Humanities conference, workshops on Advanced Textual Analysis (computational stylistics) (2007), Issues in Large Project Planning and Management (2008), SEASR digital humanities framework (2009)
UWO & U of T • 2006 -7 & 2010-11 & 2012-13 (declined) • $15,000 x 4
U of T • 2006-7 • $17,500
External Funding Department Award
U of T • 2006, 2010-14 • $1,000 & $2,000 x 4
iConference 2013 (with Yuri Takhteyev)
Fort Worth, TX USA • 2013 • peer-reviewed presentation & proceedings
Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices
Havana, Cuba • 2012 • peer-reviewed conference
Title: Cracking the Agrippa Code: Creativity Without Destruction
iPres 2012 (with Yuri Takhteyev)
Toronto, Canada • 2012 • peer-reviewed poster presentation
Title: Retrocomputing as Preservation
Online • 2012 • research presentation
Initiated a contest to cryptanalyse Agrippa. Prior to the successful completion of the contest there was considerable media converage (including Boing Boing, Schneier on Security, Slashdot, Gizmodo, The Verge, Yahoo News, Reddit, and with interviews on Ars Technica and CBC Radio’s As it Happens).
University of Los Angeles • 2011 • speaker series
Title: Networked Modes of Production: Source code control as the post-Fordist factory
Cleveland • 2011 • peer-reviewed conference
Title: Source Control: Competing and complimentary histories
University of Toronto • 2011 • peer-reviewed PhD conference
Title: email: a history of syntax
University of Milwaukee • 2011 • peer-reviewed PhD conference & proceedings
Title: email: a history of syntax
University of Toronto • 2011 • speaker series
Title: Controlling Production: The History of Source Code Control Systems
free and open source software • copyright policy • indie rock music • new media • social networks • typography • printing techniques & technologies • bicycling
2011-13 • volunteer, 2 years
Elected President. Previously elected representative for Information Services, Technology Fund, and Website subcommittees. Focus on retrofitting PhD workspace within the Faculty of Information to provide a new culture of work that is dynamic, integrative, and collaborative. Architected and developed new public website.
2011-12 • co-organizer, 1 year
Co-organizer for casual and collaborative work-in-progress seminar series focusing on Free and Open Source software.
Extra-curricular academic activities
2010-12 • organizer & attendee, 2 years
Organized and hosted off-campus, extra-curricular reading groups on Gilles Deleuze, Rene Descartes, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Martin Heidegger. Regular attendee at Technoscience Salon, McLuhan Monday Night Seminars, and other pan-academic events.
Teacher Volunteer at Yonge St. Mission
2007-10 • volunteer, 4 years (8 semesters)
Taught underprivileged children computer and technology skills (Advanced course and Internet course), primarily serving Regent Park area of Toronto.