a brief history of rhiaro

This is an overview of what I have been doing with my life, from a traditionally capitalist / productivity perspective. For more details about all of the things, and others besides, in a slightly harder to read formats, see posts tagged cv.

See also my statement about availability for work and a personal review of my last decade.

Sort CV by type of experience.


Web Standards Editor Digital Bazaar (remote)

Data Standards Developer Open Data Services Co-operative (remote)


Investigative Data Engineer OCCRP, 1 year (Sarajevo, Bosnia)


PhD in Informatics University of Edinburgh, 4 years (UK)

Visiting student in the Decentralized Information Group CSAIL, MIT, 1 year (Boston, USA)

Team Contact for the Social Web Working Group W3C, 1.5 years (Boston, USA & remote)

Junior Data Architect BBC, 4 months (London, UK)

Teaching assistant, lab demonstrator and marker various, University of Edinburgh, 2-3 years (UK)

Co-founder, Prewired Edinburgh-based under 19s coding club, coordinator & mentor, 2 years

Mentor, Young Rewired State annual under 19s hack weeks, annually for 4 years

Community coordinator Open Knowledge Foundation, 3 years

Co-organiser, Smart Data Hack University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, annually for 3 years

El PresidenTea SocieTea, UniversiTea of Edinburgh, 2 years

Moderator, Freegle Edinburgh, 1 year

Swap shop volunteer Swap & Reuse Hub, Edinburgh, 2 years


MSc by Research Interdisciplinary Creative Practices University of Edinburgh, 1 year (UK)

Teaching assistant, lab demonstrator and marker University of Edinburgh College of Art, 1 year (UK)

Developer and research assistant, Community Hacking Project University of Edinburgh College of Art, 6 months (Edinburgh, UK)


BSc(Hons) Web Technology University of Lincoln, 3 years (UK)

University Programmes Intern Google, 3 months (London, UK)

Web design and development University of Lincoln Students' Union, 2-3 years (Lincoln, UK)

Founding President University of Lincoln Computing Society, 1 year

Communications Officer University of Lincoln Scifi, Fantasy & Horror Society, 2 years

Poop-cleaner (etc) Weirfield Wildlife Hospital, Lincoln, 1 year

Earlier than 2008

Web developer Freelance, 2005—2013

Tech stuff

Working in public and on open source code is important to me. See also my github profile.

Other things

Travel: Since 2016 I have been nomadic, travelling from the US to East Asia having given away whatever I couldn't carry. I came back to Europe in 2017, and have been continually downsizing my backpack since. In 2018 I quit flying altogether and continued to travel around Europe by land and sea. My favourite places to be are in the Balkans. See posts tagged travel.

Food: I am an ethical vegan and a massive foodie. I love to cook, and also being a food tourist. Recommend to me vegan restaurants in your area any time. See posts tagged food.

Zero waste: So far as possible I only use secondhand material goods, and consume zero-waste or eco-friendly things with low carbon footprints. I volunteer to support related initiatives when I can. I publicly log everything I acquire/consume.

This blog: Runs on a platform called sloph, built from scratch in PHP on top of a MySQL-based triplestore. I use it as decentralised Web standards testing grounds.

Writing: I like to write fantasy and science fiction, but haven't finished any yet. Most years I take part in National Novel Writing Month.


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