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I live with my wife Anna Grant (at AlphaPlus since August 2009), our daughter Elsa (b. 2006), and some of the time my daughter Eve (b. 2000). Our most recent move was in Sept 2013, from New Mills to Lancaster Cohousing.

E-mail: (I'll note any change here of course)
phone: (+44) (0)7710031657
username on most other services: asimong

I work from home, often at Halton Mill just down the road. I am an active founder partner of CETIS LLP, a cooperative limited liability partnership with several work colleagues who have worked with Cetis over the years.

Currently, my most engaging exploratory work involves defining systems and services to help people find other people to their mutual advantage (e.g. to work together). This has been a background project for over 20 years, now coming more into focus. Please let me know if you are interested.

Perhaps the most significant project I have led was from 2011 to 2013: the InLOC project, a European expert team working towards a standard representation of structures of skills, learning outcomes, and competence. My interests are developing from e-portfolio technology and InLOC, towards technology to support people's development into the collaborative or sharing economy. I'm experienced both in the technical side of web systems, interoperability, and conceptual models, and in the human side of communities of practice. I find satisfaction from bringing rich, complex and novel ideas from myself and others together, for practical applications and durable consensus. From 2008 to 2015-05-15 I worked between half and full time for the University of Bolton, in the Institute for Educational Cybernetics (IEC), with CETIS as it was then before we set up CETIS LLP.

My book "Electronic Portfolios: Personal information, personal development and personal values" was published in 2009. I'd be happy to introduce it to anyone.

work-related links general relevant useful links other personal interest
my or our work:
old Cetis blog
my (or shared) publications
my responsibility:
some JISCMail lists
work; network:
Basecamp projects
EdgeRyders; IPN;
MedBiq; eCOTOOL;
Unlike Minds; E-P conf;
BCS: Manchester;
Twitter; LinkedIn; Facebook;
work history:
2008–15 working with Cetis through the University of Bolton
2002–08 working with Cetis through the CRA
2000–01 first attempt at business venture with CHOICE matching
1996–99 University of Liverpool
1994–96 EC Joint Research Centre
1991–94, City University
1987–91PhD at Strathclyde
research areas; cognitive architecture
search, information:
Google; Wikipedia; time;
Google maps; Bing maps;
Mappy; OpenStreetMap
Royal Mail postcodes
Gregson; Dukes; Grand; Salt Ayre;
BBC; Radio Times; NS; IMDB;
Wired; Fast; S+B;
Amazon; Co-op; Lidl;
communication / collaboration:
Google: docs; groups; calendar; mail;
YouTube; slideshare; ygroups;;
Internet services:
whois; nic;
FMI; Met Off Walney obs; BBC
Lanc; Man;
XC; Lune level at Caton;
National rail: BHM, EUS, LAN, MIA, MAN, PRE;
RAC; traffic; ; Easy; Ryan; Jet2;
Airports: Manchester; Liverpool;
quite personal:
new personal blog; older one;
my outline personal history;
my late father's life story;
family and friends pages;
general interests;
personal utility:
Health: doctor; dentist;
wider vision:
See-Saw Development;
Info, tech, human development;
JCRT Visionary bid;
Quaker connections;
Davide Melodia;
The Partnership, by Graeme Doel;
cathedral-bazaar; FFII;
personal history:
1995 visiting Corsica;
very old design guidelines for web pages;
(ex-)William Byrd Singers of Manchester.