|Meet the eHive Team|
Zoë joined the Documentation Team at Vernon Systems in March 2008. After completing her studies in German and English at Canterbury University, Zoë went on to work in various New Zealand museums, large and small, developing a passion for collection management. She is currently working as part of the eHive team, writing, organising and sourcing content for the eHive site, and participating in the design and testing process.
Zoë spends her weekends in her garden over summer, and enjoys discovering Auckland beaches. She enjoys reading and growing heritage vegetables (with mixed success), and making trips north of Auckland, especially to the beautiful Kaipara harbour.
Abbey has been part of the Documentation Team since joining Vernon Systems in 2006. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Abbey completed an Honours BA in Classics at Queen's University and a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. She has worked in museums in New Zealand, Canada and Russia, focussing on collections management and exhibition development. She is currently dedicating her time and experience to the eHive project, ensuring eHive develops in line with international standards for documenting collections.
Abbey is a seasoned traveller and her favourite places include Turkey and Russia. She is a humble but brilliant baker of cookies and treats, and has been known to bribe the eHive development team.
Darren heads the Development Team working on web based design, and is busy at the moment creating the structure behind eHive. He has extensive experience in software development and is putting it all to the test right now building intricate and exciting functionality for eHive. Darren has been with Vernon Systems for three and a half years.
Darren spends any spare time he has at the moment with his wife and daughter. He also is another member of our staff who has a penchant for the outdoor pursuit of caving, although he also enjoys canyonning, which is not so dark but equally daring
Sandra is part of the Documentation team for Vernon Systems. She is currently using her extensive museum experience to assist in the development of eHive; ensuring that eHive is in keeping with international museum standards for the documentation of objects. She has worked in museums since 1995, most recently in Collection Management roles at the Waikato Coalfields Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology. Sandra joined Vernon Systems in 2005, initially conducting focus groups with small museums to gather information for the eHive project. Sandra has also worked with National Services Te Paerangi in the past, delivering workshops on digitisation and has also acted as a peer reviewer for the NZ Museums Standards Scheme.
Sandra spends her spare time chasing after her incredibly cute toddlers and plans to resume hobbies after her children have become more self sufficient.
Paul joined Vernon Systems in 1990 after completing an Advanced Certificate in Business Computing at Auckland Institute of Technology (AUT). For the last two years he has been immersed in the eHive project. This has included looking closely at Web 2.0 in the museum domain and designing eHive to meet the needs of smaller museums. He has also been working closely with National Services Te Paerangi, a division of New Zealand's national museum Te Papa, on their redevelopment of the NZ Museums website.
In the winter you can catch him snowboarding on Mt Ruapehu and at any time of the year he'll be indulging in his favourite muddy sport, caving. With his partner Agnieszka and son Yann, he also enjoys visits to Poland, their second home.
You can follow Paul through his Twitter account: http://twitter.com/armchair_caver