ANU Serving Our Country Project

Web & Content Developer

'Serving Our Country' Project
February 2013 - July 2015
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
School of International, Political and Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University

Position Description & Relationships

The Web Developer will work under the supervision of the Chief Investigator, Professor Joan Beaumont, and will liaise with other members of the project team, especially in the ANU  National Centre of Indigenous Studies (NCIS) and the National Centre for Biography (NCB).  The Web Developer will work collaboratively with the staff of the project team, including the  Research Associate and a consultant web designer, to create and maintain a website to both  facilitate research and to ensure optimal public outreach, particularly to Indigenous  communities. The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia- Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate,  and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The Web Developer will design, set up, prepare and create key scholarly content in multiple media for the public project website of the Australian Research Council Linkage project, Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Defence of Australia. The Developer will play a vital role in the success of the ARC project’s interactive e- research approach and its communication and output strategy. The Developer will design and deliver  web content for public consumption and assist in managing the web interface with the public. The position is full time for two years, with a fractional appointment for two years thereafter.

Key Responsibilities

Under the broad direction of the Chief Investigator:

  • Liaise with NCB and ANU’s IT Services (ITS) in order to organise the systems, storage platforms, databases, public delivery via website, development and implementation of a content management system and work calendar for the project as well as recommend key computer hardware, software and other necessary infrastructure.
  • Develop and create suitable and high quality content, including writing key elements for the website in collaboration with the Chief Investigators, the Research Associate and the Community Coordination Officer.
  • Prepare and co-author Conference papers and publications that reflect on website development, consideration of innovation issues and insights for Digital Humanities, the history discipline and community history.
  • Manage web content from research arising from community liaison, oral and filmed histories to ensure optimal availability on Research Commons database for community- histories and on a publicly accessible Project website.
  • Develop and implement a DAM (Digital Asset Management) front-end to the Research Commons for tagging and storing all research data.
  • Liaise and work closely with National Centre for Biography and their various database and web-management systems to plan, develop and build separate website and to create data- entries on their relevant websites.
  • Monitor and assist the Chief Investigators in the timely maintenance of the public interface of the website.
  • Undertake other duties that are consistent with the classification level of the position and in line with the principles of multi-skilling.
  • Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.

Key Achievements

  • Advised Chief investigators with ARC support (AUSGOAL) on copyright issues;
  • Led extensive consultation with key stakeholders to develop Data Management Plan (DMP)
  • Analysed, designed, tested and resolved secure research Data Assets Management (DAM)
  • Managed high level reporting, documentation and communications via secure project CMS
  • Administered multi users, produced web, print and media content for project website
  • Improved strategies for community engagement with project outcomes

Between February 2014 and July 2015 and I designed, developed and maintained over a two year project journey the Serving Our Country project website using Squarespace and a number of social media integrations. The site was eventually migrated/ingested across to an internal ANU Drupal web frame for archival sustainability purposes.

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Australian National Data Services

Project Officer - Training & Communications
February 2012 - June 2013
Information Technology Services
Australian National Data Services (ANDS)
Australian National University (ANU)


Role Statement

Develop professionally competent front line staff in research institutions to support data sharing, data re-use, data connections and data management; support ANDS own services and information systems; develop training, web based and print based support materials; administer online conferencing facilities; facilitate frequent liaison with ANDS external stakeholders, eResearch communities and infrastructure support providers.ANDS approach is to develop partnerships with research institutions to enable Australia researchers to easily publish, discover, access and use research data.

Key Responsibilities

In the context of online and group training environments, develop and deliver materials to improve individual and institutional capability to support eResearch in areas such as data management, metadata, informatics, data applications, and cohesive institutional research data infrastructure;

  • Implement and maintain web-based and other media relating to ANDS activities;
  • Create and maintain documentation on ANDS information systems and on data management systems, procedures and policies;
  • Manage projects funded by ANDS to develop capability in research institutions;
  • Establish and maintain effective liaison with other ANDS programs and external institutions engaged in capability development;
  • Test and provide support documentation for software applications;
  • Undertake the provision of support to Committees as needed.

Significant Achievements

  • Established ANDS Web conferencing services solution - conducted scope, service supply consultation and testing of numerous products; prepared and presented reports for Director appraisal; advanced UAT including mobile; prepared, implemented professional development training with co-located staff
  • Co-founded ANDS Rich Media Working Group (RMWG) - Founding member of the ANDS Rich Media Working Group (RMWG) responsible for determining ANDS social media engagement with partners and public eg.
  • Designed and implemented ANDS Event & Media Submission (EMS) workflow for media production - Conducted extensive internal and external stakeholder consultation; prepared and presented a comprehensive ICT scoping report for Management; analyse and develop procedural schematics to represent the implementation of a whole-of-organisation event & media production workflow; contributed significantly to the JIRA software translation process
  • Facilitated the ANDS Webinar series - designed, developed and co-facilitated ANDS Webinar series with virtual and physical attendees and presenters; designed and developed templates to ease post-production requirements; promotion of event themes including research data licensing, data management, data citation and geospatial concepts governing research data
  • Conducted extensive professional development training - developed and delivered synchronous and asynchronous training; facilitated events utilising online support materials to support ANDS staff and partners using virtual systems and media production softwares
  • Established the ANDS Digital Studio - scoped requirements for provision of media backup, technical liaison and end-user testing; established and maintained a multi-user digital authoring environment
  • Contributed strategically to Project Team / ANDS Community events - provided technical consultation and liaison as well as events recording and facilitation across blended physical and virtual locations
  • Developed extensive online documentation - used corporate content management, and social media management systems to support researchers enrich their data collections using geospatial and open licensing attributes
  • Brokered and facilitated International partners liaison - worked extensively with key industry representatives, educational organisations and world thought leaders
  • Webinars - Negotiated practice timing with international guests, build GoToWebinar template using data collected from presenters, constructed workflows for event, create runsheets for Senior Management, design & implement Presenter / Administrators presentation template using Google Presentations
  • Communications - founder of the Rich Media Working Group, numerous social media demonstrations, short reports, permission-to-publish (P2) for subjects with Monash University legal for CC BY inclusion


This position presents a unique opportunity to combine an interest in information systems with a flair for training and communications. Ideal for someone who can grasp technical concepts easily and enjoys communicating them with others. You will be working with front line staff in research institutions to support data sharing, data connections and data management. You will be actively engaged in writing for the web as well as creating and delivering a range of training and information materials to support ANDS services and products. The duties of this position will require interstate travel.

Selection Criteria

  1. Progress towards postgraduate qualifications (eg. in Communication, Science Communications, Library, Information Management, IT Informatics or related fields) plus extensive relevant experience or equivalent combination of experience and / or education/training;
  2. Demonstrated experience with the issues, concepts and practices involved with eResearch, which could includes areas such as research data management and curation, metadata, informatics, data applications, digital research collections, institutional repositories, open access publishing, data analysis / data modelling, and cohesive institutional research data infrastructure;
  3. Demonstrated experience in working as part of a team engaged in enhancing institutional and individual capabilities through the development and delivery of web based and print information and learning materials;
  4. Demonstrated high level of communication and liaison skills and the ability to nurture working relationships across a broad spectrum of people
  5. Sound organisational and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities and perform well under pressure;
  6. A demonstrated understanding of equal principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context

NSW Learnscope

Senior Education Officer

NSW Learnscope - TAFE NSW
International Centre for VET Teaching and Learning (ICVET)
July 2006 – December 2007

Support diverse state-wide project teams in numerous contexts / sectors, facilitate multiple team professional development activities using a range of interactive technologies, develop and maintain the NSW LearnScope weblog & MediaWiki, develop flexible learning resources, facilitate national networking activities and contributed toLife Based Learning: Strength Based Capability Development for VET