Introducing Oliver

Image: man in front of picture of cityOliver is the resident web developer here at History SA. When you see a History SA website or app, it’s likely that Oliver built it (or at least makes sure it stays up and running). These platforms are the most visible aspect of Oliver’s work, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

Digital at History SA

The scope of ‘digital’ in the museum industry is incredibly broad, so you can imagine how that is reflected in Oliver’s role at History SA. Oliver develops or maintains every digital project at History SA, from the obvious things like History SA’s websites and mobile apps down to things like podcasting and 3D modelling. Even the digital aspects that Oliver doesn’t develop personally are closely managed to ensure that development and infrastructure are up to code.

A web developer generally develops the technical parts to presenting content online, including cutting code (or programming), setup and configuration, design and multimedia processing and system design. Some organisations split this up between individuals or teams depending on the size of the organisation, however in our case we are a relatively small organisation and all of these skills are performed by the web developer (me).

The best bits of History

Working in such a broad field means Oliver is able to work with a variety of technologies.

I mostly enjoy the varied content and the opportunity to try new technologies.

Want an example of one of the more unique things that Oliver gets up to? Below is a video of Oliver 3D scanning objects from the Migration Museum’s collection. If you’d like to see some of Oliver’s scans, head over to History SA’s Sketchfab page.

Life … or Death

It sounds ominous to newbies but don’t worry, it’s just an app :) Oliver worked with the South Australian Maritime Museum to develop Life … or Death for the Rough Medicine exhibit.

I take a lot of pride in providing cost-effective and innovative solutions. I am particularly proud of developing ‘Life… or Death’ – an app that uses iBeacons to present a treasure hunt game.

The app icon for Rough MedicineIn case you missed it, iBeacons are small bluetooth transmitters that talk to your phone and help developers create more interactive mobile applications. For Life … or Death, children with the app faced a number of ‘life and death’ scenarios which were resolved by finding the correct life saving remedy. The beacons were spotted around the exhibit to help determine when the children were close to the correct object.


Oliver marks developing this app as one of his proudest moments working at History SA. The app was so successful it was even included in a showcase highlighting the use of beacons in cultural institutions around the world.

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