I am a netizen and Eagle Scout who loves to make a difference in the world and champion user's rights. Social good
is core to my life. I focusing the majority of my efforts through the nonprofit GridRepublic
You might think all I do is make accounts on new websites as seen by the extensive list of accounts on the right, but really I use most of these to study the behaviors within them to help me to better understand interactions, behaviors, and breakdowns in online communities.
I conduct user experience evaluations and research on the XSEDE
supercomputing grid metrics interface which is the successor to the Teragrid. I am ensuring everyone can get what they need from the system and make the experience as intuitive as possible. For more on XSEDE watch the video highlight
My work Interest
My goal is to work on projects that scale for social good. My main interests are citizen science and volunteer computing. I want to increase the efficiency of our world by harnessing underutilized resources for productive measures.
My citizen science interest is in the abilities of mobilizing people to reconnect with the world around them and participate in research projects by helping to analyze, collect, and interpret the data and develop the hypothesis that currently is not possible in a reasonable time frame with current methods.
Similarly with volunteer computing I want to harness the computational resources available all around us. Why buy a computer, tv, phone, etc just to let its processing abilities go to waste when you are not actively using it. People could let these devices process small parts of information for a cause they care about such as curing a disease or searching for cleaner fuels.
GridRepublic promotes, simplifies use of, and distributes a program for computers which harnesses spare processing power (number crunching) of computers to tackle challenging problems from scientists and other processing projects that the computer owner chooses to support.
I like #scifi, #technology, and #sustainability... these are the circles I best fit into.
Contact & Following:
Circle me to discuss a wide variety of subjects. I especially enjoy topical discussions on human-computer interaction
and the evolution of technology, citizen science
, volunteer computing
, open data
, free and open source software
, open government
, computer security
, sensor networks
, ubiquitous computing
, social engineering
, social computing
, social good
, organizational transparency
, world history
, Scifi, and travel