Alumni Update | Issue Nine 2014

Linda Shave

Researcher, writer, consultant, auditor, educator and project manager
Graduate Diploma in Business Information Management, 2013

Linda Shave is a Brisbane-based IT consultant who works with big data, digital content and cloud computing. Her career spans from the time when data was stored on mainframe computers the size of a room. She is now focusing applying new technologies like machine-to-machine intelligence to information and data management.
Linda Shave
Linda, the daughter of a career British serviceman, spent most of her formative years in Malaysia, Singapore and West Germany. Her introduction to technology was during her first job in Air Traffic Control for 661 Aviation Squadron Army Air Corps at Detmold in Germany. She spent seven years working for NATO and the British forces in West Germany where she gained wide experience in air, land and sea logistics, leadership, information, security and resource management.

It was during this time that Linda became interested in wearable computing technologies and the early version of augmented technologies such as head-mounted displays used by helicopter pilots.

When Linda moved to Australia from Germany in 1980 she remained in the aviation Industry for two decades, working for Qantas and Qantek. She was involved in numerous change management projects, including coordinating the relocation of over 900 staff and associated technology from Sydney CBD to Mascot airport. She was awarded the the Qantas Customer Service Excellence Award in 1993.

For four years until mid-2010 Linda was Information, Integration and Compliance Manager for the City of Ryde, where she was the project manager and single-handedly designed, developed and implemented the enterprise-wide information management solution for the Council. The project was recognized with a Washington DC-based 2010 Computerworld Gold Medal Laureate for Government Innovation for Linda and a Crystal Plaque for the City of Ryde.

During 2010-2012 she undertook a Graduate Diploma in Business Information Management via distance education at UniSA.

Linda is now a Brisbane based researcher and consultant. She is involved in how big data and cloud are changing business models by dissolving traditional boundaries between government, partners and customers. She has contributed to the Queensland Government Digital Strategy, Big Data.

Linda’s next steps are designing and implementation of solutions on how to embed indelible ‘watermarks’, apply semantic tagging and metadata into data assets for tracking, auditing, compliance, information management and data security. She is also looking at how the 21st century manager must adapt in order to succeed in managing virtual information assets in the digital age by providing thought leadership, skills and knowledge.

She is also exploring wearable devices such as Google Glass and how these might be used for distance education. She says that Google Glass could draw upon augmented reality and have applications in distance education, a belief supported by a recent inaugural Google Glass event which was hosted in May 2014 by Professor Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre. It was also explored in the Gold Coast TechConnect conference that Linda organised.

“Google Glass will have the potential to provide data and information and deliver ‘content based’ teaching on demand to external students anytime, anywhere, any place as if they were sitting in the auditorium,” says Linda.

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