I work in the information resources section at NTNU University Library, where I work with programming and data modelling.
As I largely work alone, I invest a lot of time in working with people outside my institution, the kind of skills I have are not widespread at a university library in Norway and it is therefore important to keep in touch with what clever people are doing abroad.
My professional interests cover Web technologies generally and semantic Web technologies particularly. I write and speak about my professional interests; I list some of these activities below.
I spend a lot of time working with software related to knowledge management, most of the work I do is peripheral to the library domain — scientific units, geolocation and administrative/organizational data.
Outside work, I'm interested in languages both artificial and natural; I don't speak many though, just English (my mother tongue) and Norwegian, with a bit of French and German if really pressed; I like food and drink, brewing beer, hiking and fly fishing. And computers.
UBiT2010: 2007–2010Project participant in this three-year Library modernization project at NTNU University Library.
Rådata nå!: 2010 (Norwegian: Raw data now!)Project manager for NTNU University Library in this collaborative project with BIBSYS that created a linked data representation of a large dataset, a large scale (>1.5 million persons) authority file representing Norwegian authors.
MeSH in Norwegian: 2010–2012This project was based at Helsebiblioteket (the Norwegian Health library), and I participated in it at an informal level, providing programming, analysis and technical assistance. We created a linked-data data set and a simple application to facilitate translation of MeSH terms between English and Norwegian. Unfortunately, due to licensing problems with the data, I was unable to continue providing support.
Bibliotekslaboratoriet: 2010–2011 (Norwegian: The library lab)As a member of the working group in this four year project, I have participated in strategic planning for the project, as well as participating in the projects workshops.
Søketjenester: 2010 (Norwegian: Discovery services)I provided programming and strategic planning skills to this NTNU University Library project.
Discovery services: 2011I participated in this project that created an executive summary that outlines the key features of currently available discovery services.
Gunnerus library: 2010–2014I was programmer and system architect for this linked-data-based project to create a web presence for NTNU University Library's special collections. Producing the project website marked the end of my involvement in the project.
Integrated Environmental Monitoring: 2012–2012I worked with Statoil on their integrated environmental monitoring project (a joint project with Kongsberg, IBM and DNV). I worked as a researcher on data access and management.
Realfagstermer-TEKORD: 2012–2012RDF-related and programming consultancy at University of Oslo Library.
NTNU Library Toolbar[download] A toolbar extension (all the rage once upon a time) for Mozilla-based web browsers; this was the original big boy, given that it supported service-side sessions and user-created searches (yes, even for searches that used sessions). Altogether too complex and difficult to maintain. Now a shadow of its former self, but nevertheless rather useful (and infinitely more maintainable), it uses RDF created from NTNU University Library's MetaLib database descriptions to draw up a multilevel interface.
ReSTful API for SRU[documentation] A simple API that wraps the overly complex and rather silly SRU.
Simple-RDF2HTML-pages[link] A simple tool for deploying RDF to a JSP-templated web presence.
Some of the data packages I worked on
Norwegian Classification of Scientific Disciplines[Package] A linked data representation of the Norwegian Classification of Scientific Disciplines (Norsk inndeling av vitenskapsdisipliner), an ontology of academic subjects used to classify academic disciplines in various public systems.
Rådata nå![Package] A linked data representation of the BIBSYS person authority file; we created this data set in the ABM-u funded project "Rådata nå!".
TEKORD[Package] An RDF representation of a controlled vocabulary of Norwegian terms and Universal Decimal Classification numbers created at NTNU University Library.
CSV vocabulary[Package] An RDF vocabulary for documentation of CSV, TSV and similar files.
NTNUSC[Package] An RDF representation of NTNU's special collections metadata.
Presentations & publications
I give many talks every year; I only list those presented outside my place of work. (If you're wondering why there is always some inconsistency in the ordering of these listings, so do I — this data is retrieved from the Norwegian national research repository, Cristin.)
- 2002–2004 Cand philol. English language & linguistics, NTNU. (A)
- 1995–1998 BA English language & linguistics, University of Wales, Bangor (2.1)
- 2006 University pedagogics, NTNU
- 1995 David Crystal Scholarship
- 2007 Biblioteklaboratoriets prize for best library website
- One of Macworld Norway's favourite widgets for Mac OS X (Yr weather widget) ;-)
- 2011 Årets Bibliotekprosjekt (for BIBSYS/NTNU-samarbeidet Rådata nå!) [PDF]
2006–pres NTNU University LibraryThis is my current place of work, where I do all of the lovely things with Java & RDF goodness
2012–2012 StatoilSemantic modelling of environmental data and semantic-web-technology consultancy for the IBM/Statoil/Kongsberg/DNV Integrated Environmental Monitoring project
2003–2006 Autronica Fire & Security AS, TrondheimProjects related to text authoring, document-management systems (automated workflows), graphic design
1998–2007 Teaching Assistant/Research assistant, NTNUTeaching linguistics courses for the English department, research assistant on a digital manuscript analysis project, various IT-related stuff
1998–2010 TranslatorTranslation of science and technology related texts as well as legal documents (I don't do this any more, so please don't ask :-) )