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My full name is David Noel Wilson

  • Born: 1954
  • I live in Melbourne, Australia
  • I have a BA Honours in Politics and Sociology, a graduate Diploma in Data Processing, a MA in History.
  • Lead/Co-Lead for Bibliographic Project (with Bruce D’Arcus).
  • Hobbies: History, Wine, reading Science Fiction and much else, camping, bush walking.

My early education was in the Arts and I studied Politics and Sociology, but moved on to Information Technology to get employment. I worked for 20 years in a large corporation in many areas of IT – capacity planning, software planning and purchasing (software salesman ARE nice people), and software consultancy. I have done some application and database design, but very little programming, as I am a very slow and bad programmer. (As small piece of advise - “If you cannot spell do not try to programme”).

When you reach the point when the Dilbert cartoons seem exactly to capture your daily experience in corporate life, it is time to move. So I left the Corporation and went back to University to study history.

My involvement with open-source software started about the time I began my history assignments. Having THAT software trash my essays got too much and I moved to Linux (no files lost since) and StarOffice - I quickly found that did not support the citation method that my history department demanded - Chicago Style footnote citations. Having thought about what was required to fix these deficiencies I sent in a large number of enhancement requests to cover the limitations I found. The response to this barrage of suggestions was that I was invited to set up an project to develop the enhancement suggestions into a comprehensive redesign proposal. I accepted and the Bibliographic Project is in the process of doing that.

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