George Purkins: Data Jockey, Science Guy

scootscootmofosWhat do you do for work?

I work for DataSynapse, a company who makes cloud computing software for big biz. I’m a QA guy there, so I’m out to automate their testing. In a past life, I was a scientist at Thomas Jefferson University writing software to automate taking pictures of cells with microscopes and crunching big genomic datasets for personalized medicine. I guess I really like automation!

What do you do for play?

Reading, coding, board games, biking around Philly, cooking, and finding crazy datasets. I like digging through github and finding exciting things people are working on.

What is your superpower?

Learning everything I can about something I know nothing about. There is value in nearly anything, you just have to find the perspective.

What appeals to you about BarCamp? Ever been to one before?

Perspectives! You get to see how other people do things that might be either something you’d never do or even the OPPOSITE way you think of how it should work.

I BarCamp’d before. I gave a talk last year on “Getting Started with Open Scientific Data”. It was a blast!

What would you love to see at BarCamp this year?

Maybe some workshops. I’m a very technical person, so these make sense to me. I’m open to seeing anything though, you never know what you might come across at BarCamp

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?

I’d probably show my NES Genomics project. I made a visualization of NES games after analyzing ROM files trying to see if games have any similar code or other aspects. It was good fun and for a friend’s art gallery. I think the process of making it was pretty interesting and required much yak shaving.

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