Research Publication and Dissemination - The Future?, January 10, 2008

This information is presented in the order in which papers are presented in the programme.

Marie Reddan, Librarian, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Welcome address.

Marie Reddan is Librarian of the James Hardiman Library at NUI, Galway since December 1991, her previous post being that of Deputy Librarian at the University of Limerick.  


Her professional interests include scholarly publishing and open access, library support to researchers, collaborative resource sharing (Irish Research Electronic Library the major example here), library space planning, library services for users with special needs, staff development and in particular, management of change and quality of services in academic libraries.


A former Chair of CONUL and the IUA Librarians’ Group (currently secretary), she serves on a number of national boards and committees.  She is a member of Chest Ireland Management Board and is a Director of both IRIS and HEAnet Ltd.    She chaired the HSS Infrastructures sub-committee of the RIA’s Expert Group on the Humanities and Social Sciences and is a member of the National Library of Ireland’s Reader’s Advisory Committee.  She is also a member of SCONUL’S Advisory Committee on Space and is a former member of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna.


Professor Frank Gannon: Director General of Science Foundation Ireland

Keynote speaker 1:

Prof Frank Gannon was appointed as SFI Director General by the SFI Board in February 2007 and formally took up position on July 2nd 2007.   Prof Gannon joined SFI from his position as Executive Director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and Senior Scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), based in Heidelberg, Germany; where he worked since 1994.

Prior to his appointment at EMBO, Prof Gannon was Director of the National Diagnostic Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology at University College Galway, Ireland, with particular responsibility for the development of a biotechnology programme.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1970, a PhD from the University of Leicester, England in 1973, was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Madison Wisconsin, USA from 1973 to 1975, and Chargé de Recherche in INSERM at the University of Strasbourg, France from 1975 to 1981, when he moved back to Galway.

His major research interest is the expression and functional regulation of Estrogen Receptor which plays a major role in breast cancer and osteoporosis. These studies have provided leads to novel treatments or therapeutic approaches to these and other cancers.

Prof Gannon has authored over 200 research articles published in international journals. In addition he contributes a monthly editorial to EMBO reports of which he is founding Senior Editor and also writes extensively on diverse topics related to science policy. Prof Gannon has seven patent applications, four of which are active at present and was the founder of both Bimini Ltd. (1990) and Elara Pharmaceuticals (2006). He was a member of the interim Board of Science Foundation Ireland from 2002 to 2004.

He has served on a range of high-level scientific advisory boards at institutes throughout the world and was co-founder of the European Life Sciences Forum (ELSF) and the Initiative for Science Europe (ISE) that played significant roles in the establishment of the European Research Council (ERC). 

Patricia Brennan, Manager of Product Development Thomson Scientific.

A native of Ireland, Patricia Brennan is Product Development Manager of Evaluative Products at Thomson Scientific. There she has responsibility for metrics and evaluation products for the Academic and Government markets including Journal Use Reports, Journal Citation Reports. Previously she was manager of journal selection for Thomson Scientific.

Before joining Thomson in 2001, Patricia was communications and publications librarian for the Harvard University Library. She held a number of positions at the Association of Research Libraries most recently as communications program officer. She has written and presented on a variety of topics related to academic libraries and research collections in the areas of copyright and licensing, technology in libraries, and preservation. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America and a BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her current professional involvements focus on membership on the NFAIS Usage Statistics and Best Practices Committee and Chair of the NISO Business Information Topic Committee. She also represents Thomson to the COUNTER (counting online use of electronic resources) organization.

David Hoole, Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing, Nature Publishing Group (UK).

David Hoole has been Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing at Nature Publishing Group (NPG) for the past five years, after a year as NPG’s Internet Strategist. He graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1990 with a degree in Natural Sciences. From 1991 to 2001 he worked in a variety of marketing, publishing, and commercial roles at Elsevier. At NPG his responsibilities range from library relations to copyright and self-archiving policies, rights and brand management. Out of the office he’s a keen triathlete and foodie.


Mr Martin Hynes, Executive Director, The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology [IRCSET].

Martin Hynes is Executive Director of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) which operates The Embark Initiative, a major national research funding initiative. Through a range of highly innovative schemes, the Embark Initiative invests in People and Ideas, addressing individual research funding needs at Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level and encouraging the most talented researchers to advance their careers in Ireland. The scheme also establishes research funding partnerships with the enterprise sector. The Irish Research Council has major research funding reserves under the National Development Plan and operates under the auspices of the Department of Education and Science.

Martin is a member of the Governing Council of the European Science Foundation, a Board member of the Irish Universities Quality Board and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland - the national representative body for the engineering profession. He was formerly Senior Science Advisor with Science Foundation Ireland and a Senior Policy Analyst with Forfás, the national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major national funding initiatives supporting research in the ICT and biotechnology sectors. He also contributed to the formulation of first National Framework of Research Needs and won funding for the development of the National Metrology Laboratory. An Engineering and MBA Graduate, he has considerable commercial experience having mentored private sector start-ups during a three year career break. He also worked for several years in product line management with Westinghouse Electric.

Ms Niamh Brennan, Programme Manager, Research Information Systems & Services, Trinity College Dublin.

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager, Research Information Systems & Services with Trinity College Library Dublin. In addition to her work on the Research Support System (the university’s Current Research Information System), Niamh is Project & Business Process Manager for TCD’s integrated institutional repository (TARA).

She is part of a collaborative team consisting of the College’s Research Office, Management Information.Systems and Library under the direction of the Dean of Research.

Niamh represents Trinity College Dublin on the development board of DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses – Europe) and on the European Commission’s FP7-funded DRIVER2 (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research) project.

As a member of the IUA Librarian’s Institutional Repositories Working Group, she works with colleagues from the other Irish universities towards establishing local repositories in each university in Ireland along with a national federated repositories harvesting service. She leads the Metadata & Harvesting SubGroup of this body. 

Also on the national level, Niamh is a member of the Expertise Ireland Advisory Group, of the Irish University Association’s Researcher Mobility Portal Advisory Group, of RISE (the all-island Research Information Systems Exchange) and of the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) Working Group on Metadata and Interoperability.

Professor Nicholas Canny, Vice President for Research, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Keynote speaker 2:

Nicholas Canny is Vice President for Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he is also Established Professor of History and Director The Moore Institute for research in the humanities and social studies. In 2005-6 he was Parnell Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His research and publications are principally concerned with Irish history of the Early Modern Period and the History of Europe’s encounters with the wider world. He edited the first volume of the Oxford History of the British Empire and published Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (Oxford, 2001). He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Academia Europaea, was, in 2005. elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and, in 2007, a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

Robin Adams, Chair of Irish Universities Association Librarians Group.

Robin Adams has been the Librarian and College Archivist at Trinity College Dublin since 2004, having previously been the Deputy Librarian in Trinity. His early career was in the fields of science and medical librarianship and he has held posts in the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and at the Queen’s University, Belfast, where he lead the introduction of electronic information provision.

He is a graduate of the University of Ulster.   His professional interests include the development of digital humanities, the role of the Library in the research process, legal deposit, library buildings and the impact of electronic service provision.

Robin currently chairs the IUA Librarian’s Group and COLICO, the Committee for Library Co-operation in Ireland. He is a director of IRIS Ltd, which delivers the IReL e-journal programme and he is a member of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna.

Professor Stefan Decker, Director, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Dr. Stefan Decker is a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute and Cluster Leader of the Semantic Web Cluster within the institute. Previously he worked at ISI, University of Southern California (2 years, Research Assistent Professor and Computer Scientist), Stanford University, Computer Science Department (Database Group) (3 Years, PostDoc and Research Associate), and Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (4 years, PhD Student and Junior Researcher).

His current research interests include the Semantic Web, metadata, ontologies and semi-structured data, web services, and applications for Digital Libraries, Knowledge Management, Information Integration and Peer-to-Peer technology.  He has published around 90 papers as books and journal, book, conference, and workshop contributions. He co-organized around 35 scientific workshops and conferences and has edited several special issues of scientific journals. He was editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Web Semantics, editorial committee member of the Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI) (the Semantic Web), the Journal on Internet Research and the Journal on Web Intelligence and Agent Systems
(WIAS) and is recognized as one of the most widely cited Semantic Web scientists. His dissertation work was quoted as one of the inspirations for the DARPA DAML program, which span the Semantic Web effort.