Projects

April 20th, 2011

Repower at Home

2010 – 2011

I’m currently the lead developer on Repower at Home at the Alliance for Climate Protection. Founded and chaired by Al Gore, the Alliance seeks to uncover the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us.

Links: Project site

BmoreFiber

2010

I was deeply involved with Baltimore’s bid to be a pilot city in Google’s Fiber for Communities project. I worked on online strategy and built bmorefiber.com to foster community involvement. I also built a creative presentation for Google designed by the talented Charles Martucci.

Links: Community site | Presentation site | Source code

Baltimore Node

2009 – present

I cofounded the Baltimore Node, a non-profit hackerspace in downtown Baltimore where people can make interesting things in a collaborative environment. I served as the group’s first president.

Links: Baltimore Node Website | Twitter | Mailing LIst

Zotero

2008 – 2009

I led a 10 month transformation of Zotero.org from a product support website into a community website with over 50,000 registered users and thousands of user created groups. I created interaction flows and wireframes and worked with visual designers to turn the wireframes into XHTML templates styled with CSS.

Links: Project site

Teaching History

Fall 2007

I was the first programmer on TeachingHistory.org, a collaboration between Stanford University and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Links: Project site

Delphi Museum Browser

Spring 2007

My thesis project at UC Berkeley was the Delphi Museum Collection Browser. I worked with a team of Berkeley students and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology to expose the Hearst’s collection on the web. I worked primarily on the design and evaluation of the user interface. I contributed heavily to personae and scenario development, task analysis, lo-fi paper prototyping, and user testing with interactive prototypes. I developed the visual design in Photoshop and then implemented the design using CSS, XHTML, and the Smarty templating engine for PHP. I also designed and developed many of the site’s interface interactions and AJAX functions with the jQuery JavaScript library.

Links: Project Site | Project Report | Source Code | Screenshots

Laser Scanning our Cultural Heritage

Spring 2007

The CyArk organization creates accurate 3d models of cultural heritage sites using laser-scanning technology and distributes them for free over the Internet. As an intern, I was taught how to operate scanning equipment and process scan data. I participated in field work and post-processing for two projects: Fort Winfield Scott in San Francisco and the Cheney House in Berkeley.

Links: CyArk Archive

VoteGuide

Fall 2006

VoteGuide was a Center for Citizen Media project lead by Dan Gilmor, author of We the Media, and Bill Gannon, Sr. Editorial Director at Yahoo! News. I worked with students in the J-School and Ryan Shaw to build a community portal focused on California’s 11th congressional district race between Richard Pombo and Jerry McNerney. The site aggregated relevant news stories, campaign materials, debate video, photos, and a blog maintained by the journalism students. I developed the site’s visual design and built custom Drupal templates. I also helped code custom Drupal modules with PHP.

Links: Screenshot

Internal Metadata and Online Video

Fall 2006

Working with Owen Otto and Vlad Kaplun, we produced a needs assessment study and design recommendations for a hypothetical multimedia system combining UC Berkeley’s course webcasts with internal metadata. Internal metadata is a term we coined to refer to information related to a frame or segment of a video, rather than the video as a whole. In our study we looked at several types of internal metadata including, deep tagging (keywords) and text entries (longer, free-text notes or comments). We used three primary methods: interviews (4 subjects), a survey (158 responses), and a comparative analysis (8 systems).

Links: Project Report

Classifying Wikipedia Articles

Fall 2006

I worked with Ryan Shaw and John Chuang on an automated method for accessing quality in Wikipedia articles. We identified twenty features of a Wikipedia articles such as the number of revisions, inbound and outbound links, reading level, references, and markup structure. Then, using articles marked by the Wikipedia community as “good” or “featured” for training material, we evaluated several algorithms including K-Nearest Neighbors, Random Forests, and Support Vector Machines. In the end we were able to correctly classify about 98% of our test set.

Links: Project Report

Zeu$ Power Meter

Fall 2006

The Zeu$ Power Meter measures the energy consumption of anything that can be plugged into the wall and transmits data wirelessly to a computer. As part of a product design course, I worked with Allan Gu, Sameer Kelkar, and Jacques Burrus to develop a working prototype meter. We built the device with sensor motes and a custom-made plastic enclosure. I built a prototype web application that aggregated data from the meters (assuming you had more than one) and charted energy usage. The idea was to allow people to compare the usage of, for example, their refrigerator to that of a new refrigerator. I acted as the team’s project manager and together we produced the prototype device, a business plan, and several posters.

Links: Picture of the device | Screenshots

Labsys

2004-2005

In my senior year of college I built Labsys to manage the School of Print Media Labs. The labs employ around thirty students and serves hundreds of others with computers, scanners, proofing devices, and miscellaneous services. I developed Labsys with PHP and MySQL on the back end and XHTML and CSS on the front end. I incorporated open-source blogging and wiki software with custom built components for scheduling and problem tracking. Labsys was very well received and the lab staff continues to use and improve the system.

Links: Screenshots

JazzTimes

Summer 2004

JazzTimes is a monthly magazine with circulation around 100,000 worldwide. Their website is written in ColdFusion on top of an Access database. Working with the Chris Lewis, the online publisher, I did away with the preexisting HTML frames and added headers and footers to every page to simplify management. I converted many flat pages into a few database driven pages. Finally, reorganized the site’s navigation, created a new visual design, and implemented the new design in CSS.

Links: Screenshots

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