My claims to fame: I have three passports, and I once assisted in a WW2 bomb disposal. I’m now happily settled in the UK with full British citizenship. Most recently I’ve had a mix of community-oriented, academic, technical project management and developer roles. In my spare time you’ll probably find me outdoors on my bike or with my nose buried in a book.
Skills & Competencies
Community and project management at various different scales, ranging from co-founding and running the Open Life Science (https://openlifesci.org/) open training program for academics, hosting collaborative community calls, running and developing training workshops, managing open source issues and pull requests via Hacktoberfest and First-Timers-Only, managing intern programs such as Google Summer of Code and Outreachy, organising conferences (MozFest 2018 Openness space wrangler, BOSC 2019 organising committee). Open Source and Git training for newbies.
Grant and business proposals, papers and research deliverables, technical documentation. Sponsorship requests. Community outreach & blogging, particularly when open source oriented.
Wellcome Trust - Open Source Technology Lead, Data For Science and Health
August 2020 - ongoing
University of Cambridge - Software Engineer and Community Manager
July 2015 - July 2020
InterMine http://intermine.org/ is based at the Department of Genetics in Cambridge. When I joined, my focus was on developing InterMine’s new Clojure/ClojureScript-based user interface, BlueGenes http://bluegenes.apps.intermine.org/. My activities ranged from early requirements gathering and mockups to user testing, development, and release. Over time, I picked up a more community-management oriented role, running community calls, encouraging community open source contributions, designing and delivering training workshops, and maintaining social media streams (Twitter: @intermineorg) and the InterMine blog https://intermineorg.wordpress.com/. I lead InterMine’s participation in Google Summer of Code (2017, 2018, and 2019) as an organisation administrator and mentor.
- Lead-authored a Wellcome Diversity Enrichment grant (Awarded in 2019 to Gos Micklem, the InterMine PI) to recruit three Outreachy interns.
- Authored two ELIXIR staff exchange grants (awarded 2019).
- Successfully keeping ongoing engagement from previous Google Summer of Code students - five out of out six 2018 students returned as mentors, interns, or staff members in 2019.
- Highly effective community engagement via open source contributions - our last two team hires (on a stable, small team of seven with little turnover) have been either GSoC students or Hacktoberfest contributors.
- Implemented a Code of Conduct for the InterMine projects.
- Created an open-source cross-repository Github open ticket portal to help new contributors find issues suitable for their skills (source, demo)
CapitalOne - Senior Associate Software Engineer
(August 2014 - July 2015)
Project Lead and Developer - K-Now
(Jan 2013 - July 2014)
As Project Lead, I was responsible for client and partner liaison, in both commercial projects and multimillion Euro EU research projects. I regularly represented K-Now in conferences, exhibitions, and meetings both in the UK and abroad. I also contributed to research project deliverables, created business proposals for potential clients, and oversaw technical exercises.
- Overseeing the development and successful technical deployment of Android and Web software used by 50-60 volunteers during a WWII bomb disposal evacuation of 27,000 people in Vicenza, Italy.
- Successfully challenging an iOS App Store listing refusal (due to purported copyright reasons), working against slim deadlines and preventing the loss of a large contract.
- Completing technical implementation of a network-visualisation software contract with a large aerospace manufacturer based in Derby. This lead to K-Now successfully gaining an extension, generating further revenue for the company.
Front End Web Manager - MattressOnline.co.uk
(Jan 2011 - Dec 2012)
Achievement: Within a year of my joining MattressOnline, web turnover had doubled - I believe a large part of this was down to my conscientious and dedicated front-end management.
2nd Line Technical Analyst - Fujitsu & Computacenter
(Mar 07 - Dec 10)
As a second-line analyst for HBOS (now part of Lloyds Banking Group), my role revolved around resolving IT faults for users swiftly and efficiently. When possible I talked the users through a resolution on the phone, or remotely accessed their PC. If necessary, I’d dispatch an engineer with appropriate hardware replacements parts. I have particular experience with HP PCs, laptops, and laser printers. My role required strong organisational and documentation skills and familiarity/adherence with existing procedures.
- Co-founder, Open Life Science (2019-ongoing)
- Emeritus Editor, Journal of Open Source Software (2018-2019)
- Channel Editor - PLOS Open Source Toolkit (2018 - ongoing)
- Board Member - Open Bioinformatics Foundation (2018)
- Fellow - Software Sustainability Institute - software.ac.uk (2018 - ongoing)
- Mentor and Cohort Host - Mozilla Open Leaders (2018 - 2019)
- Certified Instructor - Software & Data Carpentry / The Carpentries (2018)
- BioJS leadership team member (2017 - ongoing)
- Lead Instructor - CodeFirst: Girls beginners coding course (2017 - 2019)
Events, Talks and Workshops
- SSI Collaborations Workshop 2020 (Upcoming) Mini workshop - Open Life Science: Empowering communities with open* principles
- CHAOSSCon 2020 - Talk - Open and Reproducible Research with Community-driven Research Software Metrics (Co-facilitated with Emmy Tsang & Mateusz Kuzak)
- PAG 2020 Talk - Integrated Data and Cross-Organism Queries with InterMine.
- MozFest 2019 Facilitator - Openness space, ran several collaborative sessions - “Exhausted imposters and superstar masks”, “Design your own mentorship program”, presented at the Mozilla Open Leaders launch party, and science festival.
- Galaxy Community Conference 2019 - Training session - Handling integrated biological data using Python, Jupyter, and InterMine
- Galaxy Community Conference 2019 - Training workshop - Making your open source software awesome.
- Contributing to open source and working with GitHub - Interactive workshop at the University of Sheffield. Blog Report
- Analysing InterMine data using Python and R - University of Cambridge’s Bioinformatics training facility.
- Training workshop, analysing data via InterMine and Python - Ran training session for researchers as part of the EBI Multi Omics Data Integration program
- Polar network software training workshop - Ran training session for researchers: Open Scientific Code using Git and GitHub. Blog report
- RSE 2018 - Accepted talk - Code is Science Manifesto
- GCCBOSC 2018 - Accepted talk and API training session for InterMine (2018)
- GCCBOSC 2018 - Accepted talk and poster - Code is Science Manifesto
- Mozilla Festival 2018 Wrangler - Openness Space
- Hackathon mentor (invited) - Science Hack Day Vilnius (2018)
- Open Sourcing Your Work: Ran workshop/talk - Science Hack Day Vilnius (2018)
- Code is Science Mini-Workshop - Software Sustainability Institute Collaborations Workshop 2018.
- Third place hackday award and third place ideas session award.
- Open Data Day Cambridge 2018 organiser - co-organised with Naomi Penfold.
- MozFest Facilitator - Open Innovation space, ran “Science needs open source code - culture shift innovation workshop” (2017)
- I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here - finalist, Neptunium Zone (2017)
Education and Qualifications
- EngD student, University of Manchester. Thesis title: Effects of usability and community on open source scientific software. Expected completion date: December 2021.
- BSc (First class honours) in Computing & IT, Open University. 2008–2015 (Distance learning whilst working full time)
- Certificate in Web Applications Development, Open University. Completed Sep 2008
My hobbies include crafts, running, cycling, and open source software. I’ve participated in the RBS Caledonian Challenge (42 miles on foot in one night) for charity, completed a solo Coast to Coast cycle ride, and ridden 105 miles overnight for the British Heart Foundation. I’m also an active member of the StackExchange community.
This CV is available in markdown with clickable links at yochannah.github.io/cv/