Session Chairs

Chris Beausang: Chris is a 4th year PhD student in Maynooth University’s Department of English and Department of Computer Science. His research involves the analysis of periods of accelerated change in literary datasets from 1700 – 1922.

Dr. Claire McGinn: Claire is a member of the senior management team at IADT Dún Laoghaire, leading on equality, diversity and inclusion. She has published research widely on gender politics and Irish politics, including a forthcoming chapter on the 2020 Seanad elections in How Ireland Voted (Palgrave, 2021).

Prof. David Malone: David is a Professor in Maynooth University’s Hamilton Institute and Department of Mathematics & Statistics. His interests include mathematical modeling and measurement of WiFi, PLC and password use. He also works on IPv6 and systems administration.

Gavin Mac Allister: Gavin is the resident historian at the Irish Military War Museum. He is responsible for the research of, and digital capture of documents and military artefacts. Gavin has a BA in History, and an MA in Digital Humanities from Maynooth University.

Jason Webber: Jason has been working for the UK Web Archive as the Web Archive Engagement Manager since 2014. The UK Web Archive is a partnership of the Six UK Legal Deposit Libraries and aims to collect, store and give access to the historic UK Web Space. Based at the British Library, Jason works with various academic and non-academic partners and collaborators to promote and facilitate the use of the web archive.

Dr. Joseph Timoney: Joseph is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University. His research interests are based in the area of audio signal processing, with a focus on musical sound synthesis and the digital modelling of analogue subtractive synthesis. 

Joanna Finegan: Joanna is a librarian and Assistant Keeper in the Digital Collections Department, National Library of Ireland (NLI). She works on web archiving and the NLI’s pilot project on unique born digital collections. She has previously worked in the Printed Books, Prints, Drawings & Ephemera and Outreach departments of the NLI and with library catalogue data for published and visual collections.

Kieran O’Leary: Kieran is the Digital Preservation Manager, National Library of Ireland (NLI). A digital preservation specialist, he has created and contributed to a variety of open-source software projects that relate to digital preservation activities. Research interests include file format normalisation/ migration, and implementing technical and preservation metadata standards. 

Dr Juan-José Boté: Juan-José is Assistant Professor at Universitat de Barcelona where he is also the coordinator of the Postgraduate Program on Social Media Content. His research is focused on digital preservation and cultural heritage.

Dr Julie Brooks: Julie is a lecturer in the School of History, University College Dublin. She teaches on the MA in Archives and Records Management & Certificates in Archives and Records Management. Teaching specialisms include the preservation of analogue and digital archives and the management of current records. Research interests: historic recordkeeping cultures; and documentation of Irish convicts in the 19th century.

Dr Lina Franken: Lina is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Hamburg. She is currently involved in a collaborative research project: “Automated modelling of hermeneutic processes – The use of annotation in social research and the humanities for analyses on health (hermA)”.

Maria Ryan: Maria is an assistant keeper and web archivist at the National Library of Ireland. A qualified archivist, she is co-chair of the IIPC training working group and a member of the NLI’s diversity and inclusion committee.

Michael Kurzmeier: Michael is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Digital Humanities and recipient of the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship. His research interest is the intersection between technology and society. His PhD thesis investigates the use of hacktivism as a tool of political expression.

Patricia Duffe: Trish is a recent graduate of the MA in Historical Archives and Records Management programme at Maynooth University. She has an interest in web archiving services, and digital format Irish visual art. 

Rebecca O’Neill: Rebecca is a recent graduate of the MA in Historical Archives programme at Maynooth University. She has an interest in web archiving services, and is currently involved with National Museums Northern Ireland’s Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project in association with The British Library.

Sally Chambers: Sally is Digital Humanities Research Coordinator at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium and National Coordinator for DARIAH in Belgium. She is one of the instigators of an emerging Digital Research Lab at KBR, Royal Library of Belgium as part of a long-term collaboration with the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities.

Sara Day Thomson: Sara is Digital Archivist at the University of Edinburgh where she looks after the management and preservation of digital materials across collections. She joined the University from the Digital Preservation Coalition where she was Research Officer, supporting the development of new methods and technologies to ensure long-term access to digital data.

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