I have worked as archival researcher for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Estates Department and Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Improvements) from time to time since 2015. I completed my doctoral dissertation research in the MCGM Record Rooms and am completing a book manuscript on the history of the colonial Bombay Improvement Trust (BIT).
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.
I founded, am 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 has developed and deployed open source geo-spatial and web mapping software for libraries, archives and civil society organisations since 2008.
From 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).
Topomancy 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.
Topomancy’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).
Topomancy has also consulted for the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Worldmap Project. We have also consulted and successfully completed projects for the Stanford University Humanities Center, Columbia University Millenium Villages Project (2007-9).
From 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.
From 2003-2005 I worked with Mahiti Infotech as a technology consultant and web developer for non-profits and NGOs in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
From 2000 to 2003, I was one of the founders and then 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.