I am currently a member of the Office of Scholarly Communication, which is part of the Digital Services unit within the University Library. My role, as the Repository Integration Manager, involves working with a range of information management systems used at the Library, as well as evaluating and integrating the institutional repository and related workflows for data and publication deposits into other systems, such as CRIS systems for research information management.
Previously, I was a software engineer on the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) with An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University. I completed my PhD at Liverpool John Moores University in which I explored the potential of semantic technologies to enhance qualitative research and developed a self-archiving toolkit for the documentation, archiving and visualisation of qualitative research data. At Liverpool John Moores University, I was a research fellow in the R-Ed.Tech research group (Research in Education Technology), working closely with educational researchers to research and develop technology enhanced learning resources.
I am also a member of the International ‘Qualitative Data Exchange’ working group, as part of the DDI Alliance, which aims to develop technological tools for the documentation and exchange of qualitative data. I have also worked as a metadata and technical consultant for the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex, in a ESRC-funded project concerned with the development of a user-friendly browsing tool to provide online access to a range of qualitative data collections.