Daniel Baird joins QCIF as an eResearch Analyst for JCU

Daniel Baird has joined the QCIF team as a James Cook University-based eResearch Analyst.

Daniel’s background is in software engineering, particularly user interfaces and design, and he has degrees in both psychology and computer science.
Before joining JCU's eResearch Centre in 2012, he was a Chief Technology Officer at a tech’ start-up, building a massively distributed compiler.
At JCU, he has worked on several mapping-related projects, including the Wallace Initiative (read our case study about the Wallace Initiative.)
“I've been involved with empowering researchers with technology for years,” said Daniel. “I've helped out at JCU's Hacky Hour since it started, taught at a few Software Carpentry courses, and done a lot of work overhauling Mediaflux's portals plugin.”
Mediaflux is a QCIF-supported application designed to manage all forms of digital media in collaborative environments, with metadata capture and version control. 
Daniel will take over as lead organiser of JCU’s Hacky Hour, an informal meetup for researchers to drop by with research-related IT issues, held most Mondays, 2–4pm, at Science Place on the Townsville campus.
JCU researchers, both staff and students, are welcome to ask Daniel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for help in areas such as coding (“My Python and Javascript are strong, and I’ll be getting to know R better”), high-performance computing, data storage, scientific workflows, solution design or general data science questions.
“I enjoy teaching and so, as JCU's eRA, I'm particularly looking forward to building and delivering Software Carpentry style curricula... as soon as I get through these Mediaflux import tasks!” said Daniel.
Please note for technical issues with QRIScloud, all researchers, including those from JCU, are advised to contact the QRIScloud support team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Daniel Baird