I joined The Open University in 2012 as a member of the Arts Faculty and I am now part of the School of Art History, Classics, English and Creative Writing, and Music in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. My role is to develop research and collaboration in Digital Humanities as the co-leader of the Digital Humanities at The Open University network. I convene the Digital Humanities in Practice seminar series and curate the Digital Humanities at The Open University's web, blog and Twitter presence.
Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of the A Question of Style project, which is funded by a Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant.
I am a member of the Reading Experience Database, the History of Books and Reading Research Group, the European Romanticism in Association and RÊVE project and the Open Arts Archive.
I am the author of a unit on Electronic Literature for the A335 Literature in Transition module. I am currently working on digital text analysis for a new Level 2 module in English.
I lead the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age (AHDA) training and development programme for the CHASE doctoral training partnership. The AHDA programme has trained over 70 students so far (2015-present).
I was a Consultant Editor, responsible for web publication, for the Open Arts Journal, an Open University open-access, peer-reviewed journal, during the period 2012-2015.
I was a consultant for the University of the Air Northern Ireland project, which took place in Belfast on 5-7 November 2013.
Before joining The Open University, I worked in University College Dublin and NUI Galway. While in UCD, I taught courses on digital humanities and collaborated with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) on integrating digital resources and teaching.
In NUI Galway, I worked with the Thomas Moore Archive, a project of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, of which I am joint editor with Prof Sean Ryder and Dr Justin Tonra. For the TMA I developed a digital edition of a selection of Thomas Moore’s prose writings, and designed the web interface of the project.
|Book History and Bibliography Research Group||Group||Faculty of Arts|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01/Jan/2017||31/Oct/2017||RSVP The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals|
In A Question of Style, we want to assess the assumption that early nineteenth-century periodicals succeeded in creating, through a “transauthorial discourse”, a unified corporate voice that hid individual authors behind an impersonal public text (Klancher 1987). The project focuses on the Edinburgh Review during the period 1814-1820 and employs methods from periodical studies, book history, computational linguistics and computational stylistics. We will utilise Natural Language Processing software and resultant statistics to create stylistic profiles of the Edinburgh Review and its main authors, and our literary and historical interpretation to generate critical knowledge out of our measurements. We will then qualitatively describe the results of this stylistic analysis and evaluate them within the context of both literary scholarship on nineteenth-century periodicals and computational linguistics scholarship. Project outputs will include REF-able journal article(s), digitised articles dataset, project seminars and blog.