Research and Knowledge Management
Knowledge management is the process of capturing, distributing, and effectively using knowledge.This typically requires an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing information assets. These assets may include databases, documents, policies, procedures and previously un-captured expertise.
I have extensive experience working with academic, civil society and academic organizations to help identify and achieve their research and knowledge management goals. I am always interested in participating in projects that tackle important issues, particularly those affecting international aid and development. I posses a broad set of analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize new and emerging information from a variety of sources. I am familiar with a variety of research methods and have experience using a wide range of software applications, including geographic information system (GIS) software. These skills allow me to translate complex data into clear and concise materials to meet the needs of academic, civil society and private sector organizations.
GIS software is widely recognized as an important tool for both environmental and social science research, with particular benefit coming from its ability to mediate spatial knowledge and social and political power. Such benefits derive from an ability to analyze spatial patterns, the output of which can be both descriptive and explanatory.
Throughout this website there are examples of how I have used GIS in my research and teaching. For instance, my research on land tenure and human security in Cambodia relied on a variety of GIS techniques to establish differences in the exposure of people to land tenure reform and conflict. As a result, conclusions about the level of human security and observations of specific threats to human well-being could be linked with variations in people's access to a new land administration system.
I maintain my own test server running the Ushahidi crowdsourcing software and would be happy to meet with anyone interested in crowdsourcing data. "Ushahidi," which means "testimony" in Swahili, was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. It is now one of the most well-know applications for gathering and disseminating a wide variety of information through the world wide web, social media and mobile phones.
Managing the collection of quantitative, qualitative and spatial data
Data quality depends largely upon the preparedness of the field worker, as well as his/her ability to recognize things that other individuals visiting the area of study may fail to notice. Hence, the more open researchers are to new ideas and concepts which they may not have seen in their own culture, the more likely they are to be able to absorb those ideas and address them in their research.
Using my experience as a technical manager, e-learning specialist, web developer and social media enthusiast to help organizations develop an effective communication strategy.
“Strategic communication” refers to policy-making and guidance for consistent information activity within an organization and between organizations. It typically includes the systematic planning and realization of information flow and media development. Small and medium size organizations are often overwhelmed by technology, falling behind the curve when it comes to implementing available technologies and updating their communication strategies.
I am currently working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) to develop a new website that will feature his achievements, ideas and aspirations. I am also working with the Beyond 2015 campaign to help broaden participation in the design of a post-2015 development framework. Beyond 2015 brings together more than 700 civil society organizations from across the globe through their campaign website. I am constantly exploring new and emerging technologies in search of tools that can help bridge social divides and increase aid effectiveness through more effective communications.