[clug] Local linux/python help for museum project at Old Parliament House ...

Darran Edmundson darran at edmstudio.com
Sat Dec 13 09:44:14 GMT 2008

Hi All,

As you may or may not be aware, Old Parliament House will launch a 
"Gallery of Australian Democracy" in May 2009.  This will occur in the 
1000 square meters of exhibit space freed up by the departure of the NPG 
to its new home across the road.  My company, EDM Studio, is the project 
lead for this "permanent" (read 10 year) exhibit.  Far from a 
traditional museum experience - what could be described as "read-only" - 
we are trying to create a place where visitor input (via opinions, 
voting, etc.) is as important as curated content.

Relative to most museum developments, this is a technically-ambitious 
undertaking ... with an aggressive deadline to boot.  To make this 
happen, we are using
- An "Ocean's 11" approach whereby an eclectic team with diverse and
   highly specialised skills forms for a single project.  Our team
   includes programmers, graphic designers, electronics experts,
   sys-admins, curators, academics, film-makers, electrical and data
   specialists, interface designers, acoustic and A/V consultants,
   fabricators, admin staff, and the list goes on.  Some people are
   full-time, some only able to contribute a few hours here and there.
- A commitment to transparency.  We've got a very flat
   decision-making structure where team members are encouraged
   to take initiative, discuss ideas openly, and proceed on a consensus.
- In terms of technology, where possible, a commitment to open-source
   development.  Python is the glue that holds everything together.
   Test-driven-development for production code is critical.

We're looking for talented linux and osx sys-admins (rsync expertise a 
plus ;-), mysql/postgres database experts, and experienced python 
programmers (preferably with expertise in unit testing, and one of 
twisted or osx) interested in working on this project (full and all 
manner of part-time) through May 2009 and beyond.  Contact me direct by 
email, darran at edmstudio.com.


Darran Edmundson [darran at edmstudio.com]

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