NYPL Labs R&D* / Digital
I joined the New York Public Library’s “it really shouldn’t exist but it does” Labs R&D group in late 2012. The group had a mandate to extend the library’s special collections through the development of computer vision & crowdsourcing tools. I built a couple iterations of Ensemble, an image-region annotation tool for extracting metadata about theater playbills from recently digitized microfilm. I helped with the Digital Collections reboot and public domain release.
Since early 2016 I’ve been helping to rebuild a core property of the library. More on that soon.
* Labs R&D was quietly dismantled in late 2016 to focus the library’s technical staff on core properties.
Key langauges & tech: Ruby, Mongo, Node, Postgres, ElasticSearch, Tesseract, Opencv
I spent nearly 6 years at the Brooklyn Museum, leaving in 2012 as Lead Developer. I contributed to dozens of coding projects including building their first comprehensive collection online, their collection API, the voting interface for Click! A crowd curated exhibition and Split Second, and the website and IOS app API for GO, a Brooklyn-wide open studio event.
Key languages & tech: PHP, MySQL, Mootools [fight me], Imagemagick, SQL Server, DTS & SSIS
Varous Freelance LAMP
I’ve built websites I’ve forgotten about at this point, mostly based on PHP & MySQL. Some of them built using FuelPHP, some using Wordpress, and some suffer no framework or discernible methodology. I really like coding and untangling sticky data/system challenges; I frequently forget to bill. Not taking new work.
Key languages & tech: PHP, MySQL, FuelPHP, Wordpress, Macromedia Fireworks [is still the best Web image editor out there], ASP/Access [as required]
Various Web Programming
[The Web is still mostly a fundamentally social and creative medium.]
Then I shelved books at my hometown library and rebuilt the website roughly 15 times until they approved the [horrible] design. It has been replaced.
In college, in the middle of a Java heavy CS degree, I helped build Vstreet.com and looked after a predecessor to SocialLearning.com. This was my first taste of server-side dynamic programming. Also my first office job. I wore a tie every day. No one else did.
Then I picked up a remote contract writing PHP over MySQL, so I learned PHP and MySQL. My CS degree suffered, but I did eventually graduate with a thesis on Ajax design patterns to everyone’s shame.