Mary Gardiner

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | comments

Director of operations and research
The Ada Initiative
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Public Policy industry
February 2011 – Present (1 year 4 months)
Co-founded a non-profit to promote women in open technology and culture.


Mary Gardiner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computing, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her main research interest is computational linguistics.

Mary has experience as a senior level programmer, particularly of web systems and related business logic. Her primary programming language is Python. Mary is not seeking full time employment but may be available for short term ad-hoc contracts.


  • Studies towards Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (current)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in computing and mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in linguistics, philosophy and semiotics

See academic résumé for full details.


Programming languages
Python; Java; C; exposure to Perl, C++ and Prolog.
Programming specialities
Natural language processing — information extraction and question answering); text processing; and web programming (CGI scripting with Python and Perl, Nevow, some PHP and JSP).
Markup languages
HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 with Cascading Stylesheets (CSS); LaTeX; and Docbook SGML and XML.
Systems administration
Linux, especially Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu; Apache webserver; BIND nameserver; and Postfix mail transfer agent.


  • Analyst/developer and senior analyst/developer, CommSecure Pty Ltd, December 2004–March 2006



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