Serge K. Keller ❦

Serge K. Keller ❦

Wordsmith & Pixel Craftsman

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About me

Hello! My name is Serge K. Keller, FCD.

I'm a scientific and technical journalist, a freelance writer and translator, a graphic designer and desktop publisher, and a webmaster. In other words: I'm a wordsmith and a pixel craftsman.

I'm also a former biologist, and used to be a zookeeper, and I've kept a strong interest in natural sciences. I remain a staunch, bearded Darwin groupie.

In my free time, I direct some amateur theatre plays, or play on stage myself. Bicycle touring, travels, photography, cinema and reading (I'm a tsundoku black belt) also count amongst my personal interests.

I live in Fribourg (the one in Switzerland, that is), a very nice bilingual city (French/German) that is still human-sized. But I grew up in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland.

If you wish to contact me, I can understand French, Italian, English and German: your choice! Sadly, alternatives means of communication, such as carrier pigeons or smoke signals, still seem to be a bit less reliable. To stay on the safe side, please stick to e-mail for the time being.

Experience

Scientific collaborator - University of Fribourg – Unicom Communication & Media (Switzerland) (February 2014 – Present)

Institutional promotion, studies promotion, communication specialist, web specialist.

Freelance journalist - University of Fribourg – Unicom Communication & Media (Switzerland) (September 2012 – Present)

Freelance journalist for «unireflets» and «Universitas».

Co-founder - Atelier Mammouth — Fribourg (Switzerland) (September 2007 – Present)

Creative & communication studio — illustration, graphic design, print layout, editing and publication, web design and development, communication, accessibility, IT training and consulting, copy-writing, translations and proof-reading.

Scientific collaborator - University of Fribourg – Academic Information Service (Switzerland) (September 2012 – January 2014)

Print design & layout, web publication & development; web expertise, information architecture, accessibility & usability expertise, knowledge management.

Web publisher and accessibility specialist - Swiss Youth Hostels — Zurich (Switzerland) (March – July, 2012)

Code and content upgrade of the Swiss Youth Hostels website, to conform it to accessibility standards.

Online communication specialist - dialog:umwelt GmbH (formerly Publizack GmbH) — Ittigen / Biel/Bienne (Switzerland) (January 2009 – January 2012)

Web development and webdesign, web publishing, text writing and editing, copywriting, scientific and technical translations, internet information monitoring, web expertise and online communication expertise.

N.B.: the communication agency dialog:umwelt GmbH was registered at the trade register under the name «Publizack GmbH» until October the 29th, 2010.

Web publisher - Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN  — Bern (Switzerland) (January 2009 – December 2011)

Web publishing, scientific and technical translations, web expertise and online communication expertise.

Founder - Publipress  — Fribourg (Switzerland) (November 1998 – November 2008)

Web hosting and small publishing association (non-profit): hosting and publishing services, system administration, end-user support and training.

Web specialist - Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN  — Bern (Switzerland) (Various mandates, 2006 – 2008)

Web content migration, web publishing, IT expertise, etc.

Web specialist – Communication and information specialist - Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation – Swiss Federal Chancellery — Bern (Switzerland) (2006)

Web content migration, web publishing, web integration, accessibility and usability expertise, information organisation and architecture.

Graphic designer – Desktop publisher - University of Fribourg – Academic Direction (Switzerland) (Various mandates, 2005 – 2006)

Graphic design and layout for various printed publications.

Editor - AllTheContent.com — Geneva (Switzerland) (2002 – 2003)

Editor and freelance journalist, responsible for the «IT Feed» and «Technology» columns.

Journalist - Computer News — Lausanne / Vevey (Switzerland) (1999 – 2001)

Freelance journalist for the «Swiss IT» monthly column and for various other special features of this (now defunct) tech magazine.

Zookeeper - Basel Zoo (Switzerland) (1988 – 1994)

Animal keeper (wolves, ungulates, rhinoceroses, etc.) and «Futtermeister»-assistant.

Education

MOOC "ABC of C"

IMT - Institut Mines Télécom, Paris (France) (June – July, 2016)

MOOC "ABC du langage C" (Session 1)

Advanced Studies in New Web Technologies

University of Geneva (Switzerland) (October 2012 – February 2014)

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in New Web Technologies and Web User Interfaces, at the Knowledge Engineering and Space Logics Institute (ICLE) of the Computer Science Centre (CUI).

Subjects: Principles and core Web technologies / Web information management: databases and data exchange / User centered design: needs analysis and prototype testing / Web 2.0 technologies and the Semantic Web / Knowledge integration project: design and implementation of a Web application or a website (final project).

Journalism and Communication sciences

University of Fribourg (Switzerland) (October 1998 – June 2002)

Other activities and affiliations: editor-in-chief of Spectrum, the University students' newspaper and AGEF's official voice (1998-2001); support, training and hardware sales for micromus, IT services for University students (1999-2001); reporter, radio host and radio editor for Unimix, the University students' radio (1999).

Natural sciences – Biology (Vertebrate ecology and Eco-ethology)

University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) (October 1989 – June 1998)

Scientific assistant in Vertebrates anatomy, Vertebrates eco-ethology and propedeutical medicine (1st year students) at the Institute for Biology (1994 - 1996).

Other activities and affiliations: Théâtre du Grenier (1995); Théâtre Universitaire Neuchâtelois (TUN) (1993).

Litterary section (Latin) — Linguistic section (Modern languages)

Liceo cantonale di Lugano 2 – Trevano — Canobbio (Switzerland) (September 1984 – June 1988)

Federal maturity - 2nd Prize.

Other activities and affiliations: Gruppo di Teatro del Liceo di Lugano 2 (1986 - 1987).

Professional projects


project unifr-infodays

Infodays (2017)

Academic information days for Swiss college students.

A trilingual website (French, German and Italian): information about the event, registration form how-tos, FAQ. The website is accompagned by an information booklet with detailed day programms for all five University faculties.

The Infodays are two annual all-day events (one in German, the other in French), during which over 2'000 college students from all over Switzerland are invited to explore the University of Fribourg, to discover the University academic offer and, eventually, to decide if the University of Fribourg will be their future alma mater of choice.

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project unifr-webstudies

University of Fribourg Studies Information Portal (2014)

Expertise in information architecture, front-end web development, web accessibility and content management for the University of Fribourg Academic Studies information portal.

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project youthhostel

Swiss Youth Hostels (2012)

Code and content upgrade of the Swiss Youth Hostels website, to conform it to accessibility standards.

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project respect-to-protect

Respect to protect (2011)

Campaign «Respect to Protect»: Swiss awareness campaign for animal protection zones in the context of winter sports.

  • Content publishing for the campaign's bilingual (formerly trilingual) website
  • French and Italian (language since withdrawn in favor of another website) translations of the website editorial content
  • Writing and editing of various animal species presentation records
  • Iconographic search and image rights clearance
  • Animation and information for the general public of the FOEN's official stand at the Natur fair, in Basel

In collaboration with:

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project 2010-biodiversity

Biodiversity is life (2010)

Campaign «Biodiversity is life»: International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

  • Content publishing for the campaign's trilingual website
  • French and Italian translations of the website editorial content
  • Photography for the website banner
  • Iconographic search and image rights clearance
  • Curation, search for French- and Italian-speaking authors and updates to the campaign's blog
  • Community management for the campaign's Twitter account
  • Editorial preparation for an Italian-speaking radio feature for the RSI programme «Lo Sciamano in bicicletta»
  • Animation and information for the general public of the FOEN's official stand at the Comptoir Suisse, in Lausanne
  • Online and social media information monitoring during the international Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan) in behalf of the FOEN's Communication Division

In collaboration with:

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project dialogumwelt

dialog:umwelt (2010)

Environmental communication agency website.

  • Creation and maintenance of the agency's website
  • Customization of the theme and various plugins used on the WordPress site
  • Photography for the background images used on the site

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Personal projects

project trois-soeurcieres

Trois sœurcières - Wyrd Sisters (2018) Stage direction

A play by Terry Pratchett, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. Co-directing with Alain Le Coultre (the stage play is currently in production). At the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF, April-May 2018.

project geek-code

Archive: The Geek Code (2017) Historical Internet

An archival copy of the ancient web page "The Geek Code", which disappeared in 2016 after 20 years of good and loyal services. Historical information about the Geek Code, as well as other similar codes of the '90s, will be added in due course. An Historical Internet Preservation Society Project.

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project mammouth-cafe

Mammouth Café (2017) Online Community

A Mastodon instance and an online community, limited to 640 people.

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project gopher-port70

Gopher: Port70.ch (2016) Historical Internet

A Gopher server: still digging on! An Historical Internet Preservation Society Project.

Find out more (you will need a Gopher client! Try with Lynx or Firefox with the OverbiteFF add-on)

project la-serva-amorosa

La Serva amorosa (2012) Stage direction

A play in French by Carlo Goldoni. At the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF.

project les-femmes-a-guy

Les femmes à Guy (2010) Stage direction

Four short pieces by Guy Foissy. A special production for the 50 years celebration of the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF.

project comme-en-14

... Comme en 14! (2009) Stage direction

A play by Dany Laurent. At the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF.

Lettres croisées (2008) Stage direction

A play by Jean-Paul Alègre. At the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF.

Sur les planches (2007) Stage direction

Chosen pieces by Jean-Paul Alègre. With the Ateliers of the Théâtre de la Cité de Fribourg TCF.