Greetings! My name is Brian Edmond. I have worked for Missouri State, Computer Services - MIS since September 2003. I was hired as the Systems Analyst for Admissions and Recruiting, then moved on to Course Management and Registration.
After serving as the leader of the Student and Academic Team for a decade, I was promoted to the Coordinator of Management Information Systems. I promptly reorganized the unit away from application teams and into functional teams, with a DevOps group of application developers and another group comprising all application area Systems Analysts. You can read more about my career at my Linked In site.
While not at work, I often spend my time working with open source software. I'm not much of a C programmer, but I'm an idealist when it comes to information, software, and freedom.
As a result, I spend much of my free computing time learning Kubuntu Linux and other open source software. My favorites include Amarok, Apache, Firefox, PHP, PostgreSQL, Python, Quantum GIS, and of course The Gimp.
When I'm not working at Missouri State or with computers, I enjoy doing anything outdoors, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and exploring new areas. I have a secret life as a field biologist. As such, I'm a current board member for the Missouri Prairie Foundation and an active member and webmaster for the Missouri Herpetological Assocation and a contributing author and webmaster for the Atlas of Missouri Amphibians and Reptiles.
I also manage the content and design for the Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MWPARC) site as a volunteer webmaster and provide technical consultation for the Missouri Native Plant Society. I also run an active weather station (MO-GR-75) with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).
Brian Edmond, September 2018
My life spans two worlds. By day, I'm an IT professional with a particular interest in open source software and the community source development methodology. By night (literally when out chasing amphibians during a thunderstorm), I'm a field biologist. Although I consider myself a well-rounded naturalist, my focus is on amphibians, reptiles, native plants, scientific collections, conservation issues, habitat restoration, photography, and exploring natural areas, particularly rivers and streams.