As Chief Technology Officer at ZiNET Data Solutions Limited I lead a team developing new products in the data and education sectors such as dataexchange.education, which enables schools, local authorities, multi academy trusts and application vendors to use data securely and effectively by integrating multiple systems. Attribute level permissions and digitally signed data sharing agreements means institutions are in full control of the data they share. DataExchange is built with SIF Open Standards at its core. I have also been working on opendata.education, which consolidates and simplifies access to open data in the education sector of the UK. Information from open sources such as Edubase and data.gov.uk are processed and shared using an open, publicly accessible, API. OpenData is built with SIF Open Standards at its core, is a 5-star linked data resource, and has Gold-level Open Data Institute certification.
I sit on the Global Infrastructure Group, working to improve the SIF infrastructure definition, and the Open Source Developers Network, working to facilitate and support open source projects using SIF, within A4L (Access 4 Learning) Community.
My PhD (University of Essex, 2011) was on the formal specification and verification of object-oriented design statements. I studied under Professor Raymond Turner and Dr Amnon H. Eden and was funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award.
In September 2014 I applied for my EPSRC First Grant as Principal Investigator on proposal entitled “Querying Ontologies with Diagrams” (£125k). The project was partnered with Nokia and would have looked how Concept Diagrams could be used to define and visualize the results of SPARQL (semantic web) queries. The proposal was well received by reviewers, but ultimately did not secure funding. I was also included as an early career researcher in the University of Brighton's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 submission to Computer Science and Informatics.
Between 2015 and 2017 I was involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with a company called Colony101 developing novel visual approaches to the management of marketing life cycles resulting in a new product called Cyclr.
I began teaching in 2006 as graduate teaching assistant, and became a lecturer in 2011 at the University of Brighton. In 2013 I received a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Brighton, through which I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy later that year.
From January 2016 until leaving the University of Brighton I was the Computing Strand Leader for the Joint Honours courses at the Hastings campus, and was Course Leader for BSc (hons) Digital Games Production for the 2013-2014 academic year. I have taught a variety of code and design based subjects, mainly focussed around web and mobile technologies.
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I am interested in the fields of software engineering and knowledge representation. Of particular interest is developing novel visual languages with practical application that are more accessible than symbolic or textual notations.
I have acted as reviewer for international journals, including:
I have acted as reviewer for several international conferences, including: