About Mark

Hello. I am an open source software bricoleur, bread baker, researcher, storyteller, educator, veteran, wordsmith, mythologist, and musician.

I am the founder and director of The Ethnos Project, a research initiative that explores the intersection of Indigeneity and information and communication technologies.

My research encompasses the cultural impacts and implications of open source databases for Indigenous Knowledge management, new and emerging technologies for intangible cultural heritage, information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) initiatives, social media used by Indigenous communities for social change, and mobile technologies used for language preservation.

By day, I am Director of Web Systems at Excelsior College (a private, non-profit online higher education institution) and by night, I am Chief Technical Officer for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

A few years ago, I created a food blog called Blue Bowl Breads focused on bread as a testament to the tradition of home bread baking my mom, a well-known baking instructor and cookbook author, passed down to me.

I hold an MS in Communication & Rhetoric from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MALS in Mythology & Oral Traditions from Empire State College, and a BA in English Education from the University at Albany.

Here and there, I write music and play piano, write short fiction and poetry, design stained glass windows, snowshoe, travel, and play a mean game of Scrabble.

Also, I prefer Dixon Trimline 3594 pencils…

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