I am Jake, the Senior Technical Operations Manager at UNB Libraries. I have over 20 years experience in web application creation, project management, and development.

My primary interest is creating workflows and finding solutions that develop, deploy, and maintain web applications built on modern frameworks efficiently. To accomplish that, we created Dockworker: an application interface that provides developers, site builders and operational engineers a single technical entrypoint with a consistent, unified workflow regardless of the framework.

I champion Developer Experience, striving to create workflows that allow developers to work quickly and consistently. Team members shine when they can focus their time and efforts on the challenges of a project (and not the development environment or application infrastructure that powers it).

I am a FOSS and (in particular) Drupal evangelist. Our primary framework at UNB Libraries is Drupal, and I have been active on Drupal.org since 2010. In that time, I have contributed to Drupal modules (including Drupal core), and worked in my spare time with various agencies (including Acquia) towards the development of large scale Drupal applications. For details about my Drupal project contributions, please visit my d.o. profile.

I believe strongly in the open data movement and feel that education should not be restricted to those who can afford formal training. I am proud of the accomplishments of our team at UNB Libraries in that area, especially in the dissemination of open academic knowledge and research data. I am particularly proud of how our work is published and licensed under a strong commitment to making as much of our code and workflow as possible freely available.

Finally, I own and operate Elemental CodeWorks. Through it, I allocate a set amount of consulting, project management, and application development time each month to external commercial projects. If you are interested in retaining my services, please contact me to discuss availability.


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