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Portrait of Rhys Owen

Rhys Owen

Technical Lead Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Research

Rhys Owen (Te Rarawa) is Technical Lead for research-funded digital humanities projects directed at Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington, by Dr Sydney Shep, Reader in Book History and The Printer. He comes with longstanding experience in data visualisation, systems design, and the use of digitised cultural heritage assets for research and user interaction. Working in an agile, cross-disciplinary collaborative environment, his DevOps code is instantiated as infrastructure connecting data with deliverables, thus empowering research and further collaboration through “creative conversations” - a touchstone for the Press. Current challenges are with ontology-empowered visualisations across a variety of corpora, with legacy and emerging technologies for machine transcription of newspapers in english, chinese and māori in collaboration with PapersPast, and with social graph analytics in an inter-cultural National Science Challenge project.