Creative Informatics Programme Manager
I am Programme Manager for Creative Informatics, funded by the AHRC with support from the SFC and the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation Initiative. Creative Informatics is part of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy.
Creative Informatics aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data can be used to drive ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences. The project is nurturing local talent through five key funding programmes and regular events that support Edinburgh’s creative industries to do inspiring things with data. See: https://creativeinformatics.org/
Prior to joining Creative Informatics and the Centre for Design Informatics, I undertook business development and managed innovative digital projects at EDINA, including technical work on the award-winning Curious Edinburgh mobile app and the University of Edinburgh Internet of Things Research and Innovation service.
I am Co-investigator (PI: Louise Connelly) on the Managing Your Digital Footprint research strand and co-tutor of the Digital Footprint MOOC. This work on digital tracks and traces has been featured in several successful Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I have also shared my expertise in social media through training and consulting for audiences within and beyond higher education. In October 2015 I was named as one of Jisc's 50 most influential higher education (HE) professionals using social media.
I have been a guest contributor and tutor for MSc in Digital Education's Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning module, based at the School of Education (College of Humanities and Social Sciences). I wrote and and lead the Role of Social Media in Science Communication and Public Engagement module, part of the MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement, based at the School of Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) from 2012-2015.
I have previously worked on the teams for the AHRC funded Engaging Edinburgh projects, specifically the the University of Edinburgh Internet of Things Research and Innovation service; the award-winning Curious Edinburgh project and mobile app; the Site2Cite (web archiving and persistent referencing) project; the EO4 Cultivar project (funded by the UK Space Agency); the AHRC funded Palimpsest/LitLong project; the EU FP7 funded COBWEB: Citizen Observatory Web project, including oversight of an innovative comic to disseminate the project work; the Digging Into Data project Trading Consequences project; and the Jisc funded AddressingHistory project, alongside many other of EDINA's own services and projects. From Feb 2015-August 2016 I managed Jisc MediaHub, an online multimedia service for the UK Higher and Further education sector.
Bachelor of Science (Ordinary), University of Edinburgh (2002)
Masters in eLearning with Distinction, University of Edinburgh (2012)
Responsibilities & affiliations
I am a member of the Turing Institute Humanies and Data Science Interest Group, the Journal of Open Research Software Editorial Advisory Board and the Association of Internet Researchers.
I was a member of Royal Society of Edinburgh's Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation in Scotland Inquiry which published reports in 2014 and 2015.
From June 2015 to early 2018 I was the Convener of the University's eLearning@ed network. And I led the Social Media project within the University's Information Services Change Programme's Communications and Branding change theme until December 2018.
My research, frequently in collaboration with Dr Louise Connelly, looks at social media and how individuals manage and understand their use of social media. I am particularly interested in issues of digital tracks and traces, digital footprint, and the social and ethical challenges of social media and digital presence, including use in educational practice.
Current research interestsI remain Co-investigator (PI: Louise Connelly) on the Managing Your Digital Footprint research strand and co-tutor of the Digital Footprint MOOC. This work on digital tracks and traces has been featured in several successful Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Past research interestsI was part of the research team (led by Sian Bayne, Moray House School of Education) for the PTAS funded A "Live Pulse": Yik Yak for understanding teaching, learning and assessment at Edinburgh. This project came out from the PTAS-funded Managing Your Digital Footprint project, led by Louise Connelly (IAD), with Sian Bayne (Moray House School of Education), Adam Bunni (EUSA) and myself as co-investigators, which explored students' digital footprints and use of social media, and their implications for teaching and learning.
How to move forwards from research on now-defunct social media platform or technology
Research output: › Chapter (E-pub ahead of print)
The value of mass-digitised cultural heritage content in creative contexts
Big Data and Society, vol. 8
Research output: Contribution to Journal › Article (E-pub ahead of print)
Creative Informatics Guide for Online Events
Research output: › Working paper (Published)
The challenges and prospects of the intersection of humanities and data science: A White Paper from The Alan Turing Institute.
Research output: › Discussion paper (Published)