Consulting

I have worked as a consultant for public agencies and non-profit organisations in India and the U.S.A. since 2001.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Coat of ArmsSince 2015 have served as archival researcher for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Estates Department and Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Improvements). I completed my doctoral dissertation research at MCGM from 2010-13 and am writing a book manuscript called Plotting & Scheming: The Redevelopment of Colonial Bombay based on my PhD work.

Economic & Political Weekly (EPW)Between 2014 and 2018 I was Consulting Editor (Book Reviews) (2016-18) and Editorial Consultant (2014) for the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), India’s premier journal of social sciences and contemporary affairs, published continuously every week from Mumbai (Bombay) for over fifty years.

Topomancy LLCFrom 2008 to 2018, I founded, was Co-Director and Managing Partner of Topomancy LLC with my partners and co-founders in India, the U.S. and U.K., Sanjay Bhangar, Schuyler Erle and Tim Waters. Topomancy developed and deployed open source geo-spatial and web mapping software for libraries, archives and civil society organisations.

NYPLFrom 2008 to 2014 Topomancy LLC developed and deployed the NYPL Map Warper, a crowd-sourcing web application for geo-referencing historical maps. These remain in daily 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 also developed the Digital Gazetteer (or Chronology of Places) database and web services API for the Library of Congress, to search and discover historical place names in large collections across changing times and spaces, deployed for internal use at the Library of Congress since 2012.

NEHTopomancy’s 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).

Harvard WorldMapTopomancy has consulted for the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)(CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Worldmap Project. We also completed projects for the Stanford University Humanities Center, NiCHE (Network in Canadian History of Environment), MapQuest and the Columbia University Millenium Villages Project (2008-2010).

ZoteroFrom 2007-2008 I was a Mozilla Foundation Fellow and technology evangelist for the free and open source bibliographic tool 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, Pune and Bangalore.

PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & ResearchFrom 2000 to 2003, I was one of the founders and then the Associate Director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) in Mumbai, where I worked with Professor Arjun Appadurai and the late Profesor Carol Breckenridge.