Developer

Jason has been engaged in research & development projects in the arts, humanities and social services sector for nearly two decades. He is proficient in the key technologies and approaches commonly used in digital humanities and digital history projects – such as creating, modelling and manipulating structured data; prototyping new tools to search, query, retrieve and display records using relational database and standards-compliant web-delivery services; location-aware applications; XML and related technologies; and designing and writing programs and interfaces which facilitate content creation and digital publication. Jason is fluent in LOD (RDF, XML, TURTLE), HTML5, JQuery, PHP and MySQL and comfortable configuring and managing W/L/MAMP servers.

Over the past sixteen years Jason has developed online software for a number of Australian cultural organisations including Craft Queensland, the Queensland Community Arts Network, PlayLab, QMusic, the Queensland Folk Federation, Opera North, Youth Voice, the Association of Independent Records, Artworkers Alliance, Art of Giving (Queensland State Government), the Medieval Fayre, MMMedia, the Arts Queensland Information Technology Partnership Project, the Arc Biennial, the Australian Network of Art and Health, the Dreaming Festival, LoveWise and Flipside Circus) and in the tertiary sector (including the former Australian Studies Centre [UQ], the former Australia Research Institute [Curtin University], the International Auto/Biography Association, Visible Evidence, the International Australian Studies Association, the Australian Common Reader project, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and the Australian Public Intellectual Network).

As a sole trader during 2000-2006, Jason operated a small business developing digitally enabled initiatives to support online enterprises for a diverse range of peak body organisations in the social services sector before returning to higher degree research in 2006. For this work, he was accredited on the Government Information and Communications Technology (GICT) Register and in 2003 won the Executive Director’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Woodford Folk Festival. A personal highlight was the development of ‘print at home’ ticketing (with backend bank reconciliation) for mobile barcode scanning at the Woodford Folk Festival (2004-2005) before such things were common. In 2011 Jason was shortlisted for the Western Australian Geek-in-Residence fellowship award by the Australian Council for the Arts.

Jason has project management experience deploying Information Technology tools and services in large-scale collaborative and interdisciplinary research. All the consultant contracts he has held in the public sector and the positions he has held at Australian National University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia have included project management responsibilities. Throughout his professional life, Jason has worked directly with authors (aged 18 to 79), researchers, managers and not-for-profit leaders to facilitate project definition, analysis and training, covering aspects such as project requirements, specifications and design with regards to Information Technology and digital and print publishing requirements.

Often Jason has been engaged to evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging trends to identify potential uses in humanities research or cultural knowledge contexts. When no appropriate digital tool has existed to support a specific need of a project or where proprietary solutions are too prohibitive in cost, he has created and modelled new tools, combining linear and prototyping-in-stages methodologies to reduce project risk, and has implemented this software for use by others. This has involved collaborating with colleagues in the Arts and Humanities alongside Information Technology services to bring together various technology infrastructures, policies and researcher needs and to ensure that research activity and project outcomes align and interrelate with wider partner, school, government and university priorities, digital strategies and infrastructure. For the latter, Jason employed where appropriate university systems and other approaches as needed. This has also included providing remote and onsite technical support and coordinating the deployment of web services to help researchers achieve their goals in digital humanities research both on campus and in the field. Having been engaged in academic, professional and not-for-profit settings for nearly twenty years, Jason considers his ability to translate between IT and Arts / Humanities vocabularies and concepts a major strength in facilitating and participating in these kinds of successful collaborations.  If you would like to review some of Jason’s work, please visit the ‘Design & Development’ page of this site.