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Name Darren Stephens MBCS CITP
Born Middlesbrough
Nationality British
Country  England
Current location Whitby
Time zone London
Handedness left
Personality type INTP
Education and employment
Occupation Academic Support Specialist
Education Postgraduate
University Collingwood College, Durham and Teesside University
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Religion none
Politics left-libertarian
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First edit Apr 25, 2006
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About Me[edit]

I am currently employed as an Academic Support Specialist in the School of Arts and New Media at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, where I teach a number of subjects to undergraduate students as well as being involved in research activity. I teach across a variety of subjects, including Interaction Design, Information Systems, Web Systems Management, Media Culture & Society and cyberpsychology (on the module Psychology of Internet Behaviour). I have also used Wikimedia projects during my teaching and research.

I am also a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS CITP), a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My interests are fairly wide-ranging, from the academic to the positively silly. I have been editing Wikipedia, in my own small way, since April 2006. I think of myself as a wiki gnome, so I enjoy wandering around, making little changes here and there, trying to make Wikipedia a slightly better place, one edit at a time: a kind of wiki Kaizen (or even ウィキ改善), if you like. I am a Wikimedia UK member. In July 2012 I attended the Wikimania 2012 conference in Washington DC, USA and also attended Wikimania 2014 in August 2014 in London

I also administer a Mediawiki install for the Malta Music Memory Project.


My research interests began in the realm of software and web engineering, and determining objective quality metrics for the construction of web-based systems and applications. I took part in the Fourth International Workshop on Web Systems Evolution, held in Montréal, in Canada in October 2002. As a result, I have an interest in mark-up languages, web technologies and server-side programming.

More recently I have begun working on a collaborative project to develop a cultural repository for the M3P. This work has led to me embarking on PhD study to create a framework for linking social media to longer term repository archival and management, and better understanding some of the cultural mechanisms that might help this to happen. The initial stage has used MediaWiki, though I intend the next stages of my research to involve examining the interface between MediaWiki and social media networking tools, like Facebook and Twitter

External Links[edit]

My personal website contains a few more details about me, while most of my social linkage can be viewed at about me page

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