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About Me

I’m a Senior Web Developer / Researcher (a.k.a Senior Technical Researcher) at the University of Bristol. I work in IT Services R&D/ILRT (previously known as the Institute for Learning and Research Technology), where we undertake research and development projects in the areas of social software, data visualisation, semantic web, access control and mobile technologies.

This blog reflects my personal views and not those of my employer, albeit the content will reflect on things that I am working on.

Recent projects I have worked on include m-biblio, MyMobileBristol and Research Revealed.

I have a growing interest in delivering teaching and research content via mobile devices, including both Mobile Web and native applications. For work I developed the Mobile Campus Assistant software that powers the m.bristol.ac.uk site. I also developed the University of Bristol Walking Tour for the iPhone.

I also have an application called Sensory Play on the iTunes app store.

History …

I previously worked at Cardiff University as a Web Editor, Web Developer and Senior Web Developer. While working at Cardiff I also did a part-time MSc in Computing (Distinction).

Ancient History …

In the distant past I wrote an M.Phil thesis entitled “‘An earthly beast, a mole and an enemy to all godly learning’: The life and career of Rowland Lee, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, and lord president of the Council in the Marches of Wales, c. 1487-1543″ (Cardiff, 1997). The paper ‘Cultural boundaries within the Tudor state: Bishop Rowland Lee and the Welsh settlement of 1536′ was published in the Welsh History Review in 2000/1.

~ Mike Jones