Data Collection Östersund AB,
Contuitus Net Research
Having entered this page, you are probably looking for personal
information concerning me, Joel Palmius. The below is a collection
of such information. Having had the experience with older homepages
growing stale, outdated and in all aspects moldy, I have decided
to keep this one rather short and straight to the point.
The following is what you can find on this page:
- Professional career
- Publications, theses and conference papers
- Teaching experience
- Awards and nominations
Open source projects
Fields of expertise
- Programming languages and platforms
- Expertise in psychology
Things not related to my profession
Since september 2013 I am the CEO of Data Collection Östersund AB,
a consultancy firm focusing on computer aided surveying in a wide sense.
I give advice concerning automated and digitalized data collection and help with systems development, support and
hosting within the same area.
1998-2000 Lab assistant, programming and networks communication (at MIUN)
1999 Lecturer at summer course in computer use (at MIUN)
1999 Assistant system administrator (at MIUN)
1999 Developer of first version of Mod_Survey (financed by National Institute for Working Life)
1999-2003 Lead programmer at valuator
2000 Master degree in informatics (at MIUN)
2000-2001 Lecturer (part-time), programming and networks communication (at MIUN)
2000-2001 Project (part-time), "Kontaktytor" research project (at MIUN)
2001-2009 Post-graduate studies in informatics (at MIUN)
2001 Member of the AMSIDO project (MIUN and the Swedish National Defense College)
2002 Part of the administrative staff of the CITMO conference
2003 Bachelor degree in psychology (at MIUN)
2005 Licentiate degree in informatics (at MIUN)
2008 Part of the administrative staff for the IRIS-31 conference
2009 Project (part-time), "PUPIL" (developing tools for distance education in experimental psychology)
2009-2010 Lecturer (part-time), various courses related to web and open source (at MIUN)
2010 PhD degree in Computer and Systems Science (at MIUN)
2010-2011 Independent IT consultant
2011- CEO of Contuitus Net Research AB
2013- CEO of Data Collection Östersund AB
Publications, theses and conference papers
2000 Palmius J: The Design of Self-organization
Master thesis in Informatics presented at MIUN
2000 Palmius J: State Space Vectors - On Directionality Tools in Self-organizing Systems
23d Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS-23)
2000 Sandberg K, Palmius J, Pan Y: An Evaluation of a Wizard Approach to Web Design
Third International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
2001 Palmius J: Self-organization in Software Design
Systemics and Informatics Research Seminar on AIH (SIMS'01)
2002 Egonsdotter G, Palmius J: A Base for Simulating Information Distribution
From Systems Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Age. Edited by Ragsdell et al.,
Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 2002
2003 Palmius J, Silvergran J: An Evaluation of Ideal Route Models for Indoor Navigation
Bachelor Thesis in Psychology presented at MIUN
2003 Palmius J, Egonsdotter G, Asproth V: Simulations of Highly Complex Social Systems...
From Dubois D (ed) (2004): International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems. Vol 14.
2005 Palmius J, A Theoretical Base for High-level Simulation of Organisational Information Systems
From Systems Research and Behavioral Science. No 22.
2005 Palmius J, Defining the "Information" Part of "Information System"
From Proceedings of IRIS 2005
2005 Palmius J, A Theoretical Base for The Simulation of Information Systems
Licentiate thesis presented at MIUN
2007 Palmius J, Criteria for measuring and comparing information systems
30th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS-30)
2008 Palmius J, Temporal perspectives on systems development
31th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS-31)
2009 Palmius J, Persson-Slumpi T: A Comparison of Three Approaches to Model Human Behavior
In Dubois D (2010): "Computing Anticipatory Systems"
American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 437 (selected papers)
This article was granted a 'best paper award' on CASYS'09
2010 Palmius J, Criteria for Supporting Change in Information Systems
[Accepted for Organizational Transformation and Social Change, pending editorial changes]
Note: after a few years of complete and utter silence from the journal in question, I
I gave up ever actually getting it printed. However, the same information is available in
the PhD thesis below.
2010 Palmius J, Organization-level Information Systems - Tools for Supporting the Development Process
Doctoral thesis presented at MIUN
For space reasons I have broken this out to a separate page.
Awards and nominations
2007 Nominated for the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for my
lead role in the Mod_Survey project.
Open Source Projects
I am the lead designer for a software project called Mod_Survey and I help out
with MakeHuman where I am responsible for nightly builds for
Linux and windows. Apart from this I participate in several other projects by contributing code and bug reports.
Fields of expertise
Formally I am an information systems developer. That is, my general field of expertise is in
arranging people, procedures, policies, routines and technology so that people in an organization
can get relevant information in a timely and efficient manner. This naturally includes
a lot of technology and general systems development, since a heavy focus usually lie on the
computerized parts of the information system.
However, people who get in contact with me professionally usually do so because of one of two reasons.
The by far most common reason is because of my focus expertise within the field of web surveying, or
in practice web-based questionnaires. At the point of writing this (2010) I have been working
with web surveying for twelve years. During this time I have been the lead developer of
mod_survey, a software package for on line surveying.
I have also participated in several major surveying projects, and assisted with technological
expertise in several others. My expertise within this field is down-to-earth practical: I know
how to build and conduct web surveys from the bare-bone software components up to the design
of the actual questions and data analysis. Because of this practical focus, you will not find
any articles written by me in the subject. (If you need help with these things, this is what I work with
within my current company Data Collection Östersund AB)
My second field of expertise is that of evaluations of information systems. This is my academic
subject as a post-graduate student at mid Sweden university. Above, you will find the articles
I have written on the subject, along with my licentiate thesis and doctoral thesis.
Programming languages and platforms
I wrote my first computer program when I was 10 years old. It was in basic on my Commodore 64.
Since then I have been playing around with computers more or less daily, and often the my point
of interest has been programming various things.
At this point in time the following languages are the ones I'm most up to date with:
Apart from these, the following platforms, scripts, languages and markup sets are things I have
more than a passing knowledge of:
- PHP is the language many of my customers default to, and I have spent a few
years now working with Zend, Doctrine and other related PHP frameworks.
- Perl, which is the language mod_survey is
written in. My focus here is text parsing, text processing and web-related scripting. However,
perl is my number one choice then I need to write a short program to do something on my
- Java is the language I use if I want to write a more structured program. My focus
here has traditionally been on the web too (servlets, jsp...), but lately I've written both
traditional applications (such as jMod_Survey Editor)
and XML/text-processing applications. I feel comfortable with the major open-source libraries here,
mainly the ones collected under Jakarta.
- XML is what I use for most advanced text processing. Partly because of having been
lecturer on a university XML course, but also for my own projects, I have thorough knowledge of XML
and its related technologies (mainly those focusing on text markup and transformations).
Through the years I have studied lots and lots of programming languages. I cannot possibly
remember them all, but the following are some of the ones I have written major or minor programs in:
- ActionScript 3
- DocBook (both XML and SGML)
- XML related technologies (solid knowledge of XSLT, XPATH, XSL-Fo, DTDs...)
Apart from the programming as such, I have thorough knowledge of both Windows and Linux platforms, and
how to make programs for them. I use Linux as operating system on my workstations.
- ARexx (does anyone even remember what this was used for? :-) )
- Visual basic
- Amiga assembler
- MSOffice VB (mainly under excel and access)
Expertise in psychology
I am here using psychology in a broad sense. Basically, think of it as "measuring and managing stuff
related to individuals".
I have two major fields of expertise related to humans. The one you might have heard about me because of,
is web surveying. I have
participated in several projects for conducting web surveys in practice. In these I have contributed
expertise on the specific topics related to surveying on line, but also helped in question design
and post-hoc psychometrics.
The second major field I have knowledge of is usability, or how to make certain that something is usable
and useful by a specific type of user. I worked for one and a half year in a usability project, and
it was initially planned that my PhD studies would be within this field. I know how to set up usability
experiments, and how to measure usability as defined by Nielsen, ISO or Allwood. While I did not really
engage in a lot of academia surrounding this, you will find one usability article I co-authored above.
I wrote my bachelor thesis in psychology on measuring how people move
Things not related to my profession
I am a member of the red cross, through which I also work as a volunteer. When writing
this (early 2010) my red cross volunteering is focused on SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) where I help with conversation
groups as a neutral third part.
Home page for my licentiate thesis
Home page for my doctoral thesis
Looking for more personal stuff? Well, there isn't all that much around, but you can
check out my photo site.
Personal contact, emergencies and general admiration should go to me privately:
Address: Joel Palmius,
Phone: +46(0)63517309, +46(0)702833355