Curriculum Vitae

Timothy J. Finney, BSc BDiv (Hons) PhD BCompSt


Table of Contents

Background
Work History
Education
Other Training
Publications
Conference Papers
Teaching
Examples of My Work

Background

I am an Australian citizen who was born and grew up in Perth, Australia. My wife, Eliane, was born and grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. We have two children, Isabella Maria and Joshua Gideon.

I have vocational experience in computing (programming, XML databases, online publication, systems administration), humanities (theology, papyrology, languages), sciences (health physics, statistical analysis), and other areas as well (outdoor education, patent examination). My specialities include big data computer systems, online publication, statistical analysis using R, New Testament textual research, and health physics.

Work History

Position, Employer, Dates Responsibilities
Adjunct Lecturer, Vose Seminary, 2014 (part-time) Prepare and deliver a course on John's Apocalypse.
Scientific Officer, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 2013-present Assess diagnostic x-ray licence and registration applications and renewals under the Radiation Safety Act (W. Aust.); perform structural shielding assessments for x-ray installations; inspect and report on x-ray installations; deal with enquiries concerning radiation safety; conduct laboratory work to determine radiation transmission characteristics of building materials; investigate alleged breaches of the Radiation Safety Act.
Contract Programmer, University of Virginia Press, 2011-2013 Marklogic system programming of the Founders Online digital collection of US founding era correspondence.
Contract Programmer, Documents Compass, 2010 Marklogic system programming related to the Documents Compass People of the Founding Era prosopography project.
Adjunct Lecturer, Vose Seminary, 2010 (part-time) Prepare and deliver a course on the General Letters (particular emphasis on 1 Peter and 1-3 John).
XML Programmer and Analyst, University of Virginia Press, 2005-2009 Design, implement, test, and troubleshoot digital editions using Marklogic, TEI XML, XQuery, XSLT, CSS, Unicode, and scripting languages.
Adjunct Lecturer, Vose Seminary, 2005 (part-time) Prepare and deliver a course on the Letter to the Hebrews.
Health Physicist, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 2003-2005 Coordinate operation of the diagnostic x-ray group concerned with licensing and registration of diagnostic x-ray users; maintain and develop the Radiological Council's compliance testing program; deal with enquiries concerning radiation and health physics; perform the duties of an authorized officer of the Radiological Council, including administration of the Radiation Safety Act.
Digital Library Consultant, Oxford University, 2002-2005 (part-time) Design and implement development and production server systems for the papyrology section of the Classics Department; maintain and develop the Pinax digital library of edited papyrus collections; develop XML encoding specifications (using TEI); write documentation; provide basic computer training for research assistants.
Text Encoding Specialist, Religion and Technology Center, 2000-2003 Coordinate and supervise digitisation of large textual corpora; build, maintain and develop digital library systems (Greenstone, Perseus, SIM); create and maintain web sites (HTML, XML); develop systems for text and image processing (Java, Perl, shell scripts, XSLT); server and network installation and administration (Linux); systems administration (Linux, Mac, Windows).
Scientific Officer, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 1999-2000 Assess dental and chiropractic licence and registration applications and renewals under the Radiation Safety Act (W. Aust.); inspect and report on x-ray machine installations; deal with enquiries concerning radiation safety; conduct laboratory work to determine radiation transmission characteristics of building materials; investigate alleged breaches of the Radiation Safety Act.
Health Physicist, Radiation Safety Services, 1995-1996 (part-time) Conduct scientific laboratory and field work pertaining to radioactive sources; assist in reconditioning and disposal of radiation density gauges; conduct training courses in the use and safe transport of radioactive sources.
Technical Officer, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 1990-1995 (part-time) Process film badge dosimeters; conduct regular calibration checks of film badge dosimetry system; maintain and repair electronic and mechanical equipment; design and construct specialist laboratory equipment; write exposure and dose calculation software (Fortran, C, Visual Basic); inspect premises and retrieve expired radioactive exit signs.
Health Physicist, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 1988-1989 (part-time) Develop protocols for checking radiation monitors.
Youth Worker, Uniting Church in Australia, 1986-1988 Develop and run youth programs; teach Sunday school and school-based religious education classes.
Health Physicist, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 1985-1986 Investigate response of film badge dosimeters to radiation produced by monazite.
Patent Examiner, Department of Science and Technology (Australia), 1983-1985 Assess patent applications under the Patents, Trade Marks and Copyrights Act.
Technical Officer, Health Dept (W. Aust.), 1982-1983 Calibrate radiation monitoring instruments; analyse radioactivity of environmental samples (air, water, wipe tests); maintain and repair electronic and mechanical equipment; design and construct specialist laboratory equipment.

Education

Qualification, Institution, Dates Details
Bachelor of Computer Studies, Murdoch University, 1999-2002 (part-time) C++, Java, assembly, object-oriented design, data structures and abstractions, computer networks, databases (SQL, Oracle), systems analysis, image processing.
Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 1992-1999 (part-time) Dissertation on the text of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Greek New Testament involving palaeography of Greek manuscripts, text encoding and markup, writing Perl programs to process and collate manuscript texts, multivariate analysis of the collation data and interpretation of the results in the light of known textual history.
Bachelor of Divinity (Hons), Murdoch University, 1988-1991 (part-time) Theology, church history, languages (Greek, Hebrew), pastoral care, missiology, homiletics, religious education; thesis on the collation of three Greek manuscripts of the Epistle to the Hebrews for the honours component.
Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia, 1979-1981 Classical, quantum and relativistic mechanics; optics; electronics; solid state, nuclear and high energy physics; calculus; vector algebra; differential equations; statistics; physical, inorganic and organic chemistry; zoology.

Other Training

Description, Institution, Date Details
Unsealed radio-isotopes course, University of W. Aust., 2014 Safe use and handling of unsealed radio-isotopes.
MarkLogic Server Training Course, Mark Logic Corporation, 2005 Introduction to use of the MarkLogic XQuery server presented by Jason Hunter.
XQuery Training Course, Datypic, 2005 Introduction to XQuery presented by Priscilla Walmsley.
Non-Radiologist Fluoroscopy Course, Medical and Scientific Services, 2004 Radiation safety course for those using medical fluoroscopy.
SIM (TeraText) XML Database Course, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2000 XML database design and implementation.
Tutoring in Social Sciences, Murdoch University, 2000 Lesson preparation, learning paradigms.
Papyrology Summer School, Oxford University, 1997 Palaeography, papyrology, Greco-Roman history.
Latin for Beginners, University of Western Australia, 1995 Basic Latin.
German 1 and 2, Technical and Further Education (W. Aust.), 1994 Basic German.
Abseiling Instructor Certificate, Ministry of Sport and Recreation, 1994 Rope skills, safety procedures, rescue techniques.
Senior First Aid Certificate, St John Ambulance Association, 1994 CPR, management of cuts, burns, sprains and broken bones.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Rotary International, 1987 Training for youth workers.
Christian Volunteer Service, Scripture Union, 1987 Training for church workers.
Enterprise Workshop, Department of Science and Technology (Australia), 1984 Entrepreneurial skills, marketing, business plan development.
Examiner of Patents, Department of Science and Technology (Australia), 1984 Patent law, patent examination, introduction to legal method, interpretation and criticism of specifications.
Microprocessors, Technical and Further Education (W. Aust.), 1983 Assembly language programming.
Radiation Gauge Safety, Technical and Further Education (W. Aust.), 1982 Radiation safety for industrial gauges.
Programming in Basic, Technical and Further Education (W. Aust.), 1982 Programming with the Basic language.

Publications

"How to Discover Textual Groups." Digital Studies / Le champ numérique. Forthcoming.

"Varieties of New Testament Text." In Digging for the Truth: Collected Essays Regarding the Byzantine Text of the Greek New Testament. Norden: FYM, 2014

"Mapping Textual Space." TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 15 (2010). http://purl.org/TC/v15/Mapping/

"Manuscript Markup." In The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of an American Treasure Trove. Ed. Larry W. Hurtado; SBLTCS 6; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.

"What Agreement Is Not." In "What Does the Text Actually Say?" A Festschrift in Honour of Dr Richard K. Moore. Ed. Timothy J. Finney. Informal publication, 2002. http://www.halotype.com/RKM/

"Computer-Oriented Transcription, Collation and Analysis of the New Testament Manuscript Tradition (Starting with Hebrews)." In Bible and Computer: The Stellenbosch AIBI-6 Conference. Ed. Johann Cook. Leiden: Brill, 2002.

"4496. Acts of the Apostles XXVI 31-32; XXVII 6-7." In The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. 66. Ed. N. Gonis, J. Chapa, W. E. H. Cockle, D. Obbink, P. J. Parsons and J. D. Thomas. London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1999.

"Mapping the Textual History of Hebrews." Revue Informatique et Statistique dans les Sciences Humaines 33 (1997).

"Transcribing New Testament Manuscripts for Computer Collation." Religious Studies News 11/1 (1996).

"A Proposed Reconstruction of Hebrews 7.28a in P46." New Testament Studies 40 (1994).

Conference Papers

Conference, Location, Date Title
Marklogic Users Conference, San Francisco (USA), 2014 "Planning for Growth with and without Performance Metering" (abstract) I was not able to attend but David Sewell kindly listed me as co-author.
Digital Humanities Australasia, Perth (W. Aust.), 2014 "How To Discover Textual Groups" (abstract)
Association Internationale Bible et Informatique, Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2000 "Computer-oriented Transcription, Collation and Analysis of the New Testament Manuscript Tradition (Starting with Hebrews)"
Digital Resources in the Humanities, Oxford (UK), 1996 "Transcribing New Testament manuscripts"
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, Bergen (Norway), 1996 "Computer-assisted Collation of New Testament Manuscripts"

Teaching

Topic, Institution, Date Description
John's Apocalypse, Vose Theological Seminary (W. Aust.), 2014 An intensive course on the Book of Revelation.
General Letters, Vose Theological Seminary (W. Aust.), 2010 A one semester course focussing on 1 Peter and 1-3 John.
Letter to the Hebrews, Baptist Theological College (W. Aust.), 2005 A one semester course on Hebrews.

Examples of My Work

Title Description
Founders Online I was lead programmer for this NARA (US National Archives) publication done in conjunction with the University of Virginia Press.
Rotunda digital editions I was lead programmer for the American Founding Era Collection, The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, The Journal of Emily Shore, and “Typee”: A Fluid-Text Edition.
Oxyrhynchus Online This project makes available a number of collections of ancient documents including the Oxyrhynchus papyri. I helped to build the digital library system that provides access to the collections.
TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism I am technical editor of this online journal, doing web-publication and proofreading.
What Does the Text Actually Say? I edited this Festschrift in honour of my New Testament teacher, Dr Richard K. Moore.
PhD dissertation This is a downloadable copy of my PhD dissertation.
My home page More examples of my work are available here.