As the CEO and Founder of Prosentient Systems, Dr Edmund Balnaves brings to the business over two decades of industry experience in information systems, with a focus on the development of effective solutions for information intensive environments. Having worked with Unix, Linux and Windows architectures at a system administrative level, Edmund's skill-set covers a broad range of architectures and development environments.
Dr Balnaves is a member of ALIA (Australian Library Information Association) (and director of ALIA 2013-4) and of the IEEE. He is a standing committee member of the Information Technology Section of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) since 2005, and chair 2013-2015.
Dr Balnaves is actively engaged in research and has an strong publication record in the area of web and library services.
His senior professional appointments include:
SPECIAL PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS
In July 1983 Dr Balnaves was employed by the Special Prosecutor's Office (Gyles) as an analyst/programmer to establish a nationwide network to access databases with facilities for free text retrieval of documents. This involved design of systems for data entry of documents at remote sites using a WANG VS100 system, transfer of data using RJE to the Attorney-General's FACOM M180N host, and support of a nation-wide network accessing STATUS full text retrieval databases on the FACOM.
In June 1984 Dr Balnaves was assumed the position of Melbourne Division Manager for the Litigation Support Systems. Dr Balnaves was responsible for management of IT resources and design of IT systems. Upon the inception of this new office Dr Balnaves was responsible for the design and implementation on a short deadline of several computer systems for Litigation support. The effectiveness of the systems completed in this period was such that they were adopted for installation on a national scale in the other offices of the DPP.
This position involved the supervision of a team of IT and Word Processing staff, acquisition of equipment, user liaison and systems planning.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
While at the Department of Health, Dr Balnaves was involved in the maintenance and enhancement of several large batch and on-line COBOL systems using IMS on an IBM 370/168 mainframe, as part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits team. My duties involved maintenance of the system, liaison with users in the IT centres around Australia, and assistance in the development of the new Pharmaceutical Benefits System.
David Cook, a 2012 MLIS graduate and full-time systems librarian, has worked in diverse library environments since 2006. Having filled roles in circulation, serials management, cataloguing, project management, legal research, data migration, and LMS management, he is truly passionate about libraries and library technology.
Using his intimate knowledge of library operations, David primarily manages and develops the Koha LMS at Prosentient Systems, although his other projects include customization of the DSpace digital repository user interface and development of specialized web-based software.
A keen and enthusiastic problem-solver, he is always looking to learn new skills, try fresh ideas, and find better ways for libraries to reach their goals online, especially within the context of open source communities.