I am currently a lecturer in Information Systems at Edinburgh Napier University.
I have also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Informatics (and before that the International Teledemocracy Centre) so I’m often having to think about issues relating to information and e-participation in all its forms and implications.
Areas where I have research interests include:
- The practical and policy issues that are raised by a government body deciding to move to open source (aka FLOSS) – including the implications for the consultancy firms that help them.
- Evaluation techniques to measure overall acceptability of a system: systems will not be adopted if they do not meet the needs of key stakeholders (and these needs are not always well understood). This has also taken me into the area of self-efficacy, both computer and political (and especially where they combine).
- The relationship between privacy and identity and how together they can create an information governance structure that is understandable to users and managers.
I’ve a history of working in the IS Audit field, and am currently looking to apply my experience more directly (through training or practise) so this blog sometimes covers compliance, audit and security.
I also occasionally get my hands dirty as a web developer – using PHP and MySql, but I’ve also been adding Python, C# and ASP.NET skills to my repertoire.
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This blog reflects my personal thoughts and opinions, and does not reflect those of anyone else who may know or employ me, except by coincidence.
Q: Spartakan is a silly name isn’t it?
A: Yes it is, dammit. But I’m stuck with it now.
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