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Economic & Political Weekly (EPW)I am Consulting Editor (Book Reviews) (2016-present) for the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), India’s premier journal of social sciences and contemporary affairs, published continuously every week from Mumbai (Bombay) for more than fifty years. I was earlier Editorial Consultant for EPW in 2014.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Coat of ArmsSince 2014, I have from time to time advised the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) (बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिका) Department of Estates & Land Management and the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Improvements) where I have pursued research since 2011.

Topomancy LLCI founded, am Co-Director and Managing Partner of Topomancy LLC with my partners and co-founders in the U.S. and U.K., Schuyler Erle and Tim Waters. We have developed software for the geo-spatial, web mapping, digital libraries and archiving communities since 2008.

NYPLOur flagship project was the Map Warper, a crowd-sourcing web application for geo-referencing historical maps, in daily public use by scholars, students and citizens at the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA), and the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA).

Library of CongressTopomancy LLC also developed  the Digital Gazetteer (or Chronology of Places) database and web services API for the Library of Congress, disambiguating historical place names over and across changing times and spaces, which has been deployed for internal use at the Library of Congress and NYPL since 2012.

NEHOur work with the New York Public Library Maps Division and NYPL Labs has received grants from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities (2011 and 2012), and the Cutting Edge Technology in Library Services Award from the American Library Association (ALA) (2012).

Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)Harvard WorldMapWe have also consulted for the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Worldmap Project. Topomancy LLC has also consulted and successfully completed projects for the Stanford University Humanities Center, NiCHE (Network in Canadian History of Environment), AOL/MapQuest and the Columbia University Millenium Villages Project.

chalobest_final02From 2011-2013 I started and coordinated ChaloBEST as a studio-based learning project in open source application development for urban mobility via SMS, web and print media at with Sanjay Bhangar at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. ChaloBEST won the first prize by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore in the Sankranti Transform Urban India Competition (2011-2012).

ZoteroFrom 2007-2008 I was a Mozilla Foundation Fellow and technology evangelist for the free and open source bibliographic manager Zotero at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University.

indexFrom 2003-2005 I worked with  Mahiti Infotech  as a technology consultant and web developer for non-profits and NGOs in Mumbai and Bangalore.