My Research

I work on semantic models and methods for data governance and data management. This means using the W3C's semantic web standards to build Linked Data systems capable of dealing with web-scale data in a machine-processible way (self-describing distributed data structures). Hence this means making meta-data, licensing, policies explict as well as the domain-specific data model for a specific application or use case. It can often mean that modelling and publishing the data in ways that are easy to share, interlink and reuse become more of a focus than the data analytics themselves. However a semantic approach also supports inference and querying.

I am also interested in the human aspects of socio-technical systems for data governance or management and usually I favour a semi-automated systems approach that can leverage human intelligence and oversight in automated systems.

In recent years my speciality has evolved towards expoloring ways to quantitatively measure the value of data to a business or organisation. I collaborate on this with Dr Malika Benderache and Prof Markus Helfert ADAPT Centre. This work builds upon my previous work on data quality measurement and assurance that features in the CNGL, ALIGNED and ADAPT-OSi projects.


I have edited 3 books of proceedings and written 3 book chapters, 19 journal papers, over 40 reviewed conference or workshop papers and edited or contributed to 5 international standards at the IETF, OMG, 3GPP and TMF.

See my full list of publications on Google Scholar or Scopus. Google Scholar seems to be the most complete. Most of my publications can be downloaded from the TCD institutional repository, Tara. Over time I will transition these to the DCU open access repository Doras.



Current Projects

2021 PI SFI AI In My Life: AI, Ethics and Privacy Transition Year Workshops
2020-22 PI SFI ARK Virus: Active Risk Knowledge platform for mindful governance of PPE for Virus infection control and prevention
2020-22 H2020 EDGE Fellowship Supervisor PrivKnowledge: Context Representation as Knowledge for Privacy Applications
2020-21 Collaborator SFI PRIVATT: Assessing the Irish public's attitudes to privacy in the time of COVID
2019-21 H2020 ELITE-S Fellowship supervisor - Linked Data Ops, Linked Data Operations Based on a Quality Process Cycle
2019-23 Coordinator H2020 ELITE-S, Future Leadership in ICT Standards in Europe, MSCA-COFUND
2019-20 PI ARK Aviation Risk Analysis Knowledge Base, EI Commercailisation Fund
2019-23 Supervisor, D-REAL Centre for Research Training, Science Foundation Ireland
2016-20 Co-PI ADAPT-Ordnance Survey Ireland spokes project: National Linked Data Geospatial Infrastructure
2015-20 Funded Investigator SFI ADAPT Research Centre, Data Governance (Quality and Value)

Recent Projects

2018-20 H2020 EDGE Fellowship mentor - Optimus Chain, optimising data value chains
2017-19 IRC GoI Fellowship mentor - Data quality recommender systems
2017-18 EI Innovation Voucher - MyVolts Ltd.

Journal and Association Board Memberships

Executive Board member, Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland (AIAI)

Editorial Board member, International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS)

Conferences, Workshops and Reviews

2020: Committee Member, CIKM 2020, 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management

2019: Co-chair, ODBASE 2019, The 17th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics
2019: Committee Member, Posters and Demos track, Semantics 2019 0
2019: Advisory Board `Member, 5th Workshop on Managing the Evolution and Preservation of the Data Web MEPDaWco-located at the Web Confernce
2019: Committee Member Semantic Web for Historical and Legacy Linguistic and Lexicographic Data (SWH3L-2019),October 26-27, 2019m Co-located with ISWC 2019
2019: Committee member AMIR 2019: The 1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Algorithm Selection and Meta-Learning in Information Retrieval,Co-located with ECIR 2019 (

2018: General Chair - 26th Irish Artificial Intelligence and Congnitive Science Conference(AICS)
2018: Co-Chair - 1st Governing Data Value Workshop (DataValue 2018)
2018: Steering Committee - Managing the Evolution and Preservation of the Data Web, MEPDaW 2018

2016: Steering Committee - 2nd IFIP International Workshop on computational History and Data Driven Humanities
2016: Co-Chair - (SA-MDE) Semantically-Aware Model-Driven Engineering

2014: Co-Chair - 1st International Workshop on computational History and Data Driven Humanities

2011: Co-chair 8th IEEE Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications Systems 2011 (MUCS)
2011: Poster Sessions Chair 12th IEEE Integrated Management (IM) conference

2010: Co-Chair - 5th IEEE Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communication Environments (MACE)
Technical programme committee member of OntoContent 2013, ManFed 2011, CIICT 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, AGNM 2006, MUCS 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and ISandN 1999
Reviewer: IM2010, IM2013, MDPI Sensors 2012, JONS 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Globecom 2004, ISandN 2000 and ITandT 2002, 2003, 2009

Invited Journal Reviews

International Journal of Medical Informatics
The Knowledge Engineering Review
Semantic Web Journal
Journal Web Semantics
IEEE Communications Magazine
Journal of ICT Standardization
International Journal of Semantic Web Information Systems
Information Technology and People
Springer Computing
IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
Big Data Research
Journal of Network and System Management
Information Sciences

Invited Talks

2020: EBDVF - International Standards Strategies and Policies: Global Markets
2020: Aura AURA Workshop 1 - Open Data vs Privacy - The Data Privacy Vocabulary, Open Data for Describing Privacy
2020: DBpedia, Linked Geodata and Geo-information Integration - Geo Linked Data in Ireland
2020: D-REAL CRT Summer School - Defining Dataset Metadata (and why you might want to do this) - an Ordnance Survey Ireland Case Study
2018: EuroGeographics Quality Ken meeting - Geo Data Quality at OSi
2017: ADAPT EC Funding Day: Engaging with H2020
2016: Austrian Semantic Web Meetup - Open Source Tools from the ALIGNED project
2015: Seshat project at Santa Fe Institute - The Dacura data curation system
2015: Trinity College Dublin Research Office - Winning H2020 Funding, the ALIGNED experience
2013: Digital and Computational Humanities - Tools and Thought, Aarhus University - Data Curation on the Semantic Web
2012: TM Forum Management World convention - Federated Management
2011: HOMEWORK annual plenary workshop, Microsoft Research Cambridge - Policy-based Home Area Network Management

Past Research Students

2018: Mr Sahil Mathur (Msc), Automatic Generation of Relational to Ontology Correspondences
2017: Dr Alan Meehan, The SPARQL Usage for Mapping Maintainance and Reuse Methodology
2014: Dr Brian Walshe, Detecting Restriction Class Coreespondences in Linked Open Data
2014: Dr Hendrik Thomas, Semantic Documentation of Ontology Mapping Lifecycle to Support Retrieval and Reuse of Semantic Mappings
2013: Mr Tewson Seeoun (MSc), Semantic Markup in Web Data Extraction
2012: Dr Bo Fu, Semantic-Oriented, Cross-Lingual Semantic Mapping
2012: Dr Colm Conroy, Unintrusive, Engaging, Simple Semantic Mapping over Time
2011: Mr Paul Mara (MSc), Adaptive Selection of Suggestion Refinement Techniques for Ontology Mapping

Past Projects

Co-PI ADAPT-Wolters Kluwer spokes project: ontology-assisted IR for legal search
Coordinator ALIGNED H2020 project on combined software and data engineering
Seshat: The global history databank
Z-Curve (Axial-Age Religions and the Z-Curve of Human Egalitarianism) John Tempelton Foundation
SFI CNGL 2 Research Centre - Semantic Content Models and Management
SFI FAME (Federated, Autonomic Management of End-to-end communication services) Strategeic Research Cluster
HEA NEMBES (Networked and Embedded Systems)
Super 3G (Network Management for 3G mobile systems)
CELTIC-GANDALF (Intelligent Multi-Access Networks)
NetMan GRID (GRID-based Network Management)
Co-Op (P2P Network Management Architecture)
FP7 DISTORM (Marie Curie ITN in Network Management)
FP5 CADENUS (Premium IP Network Services)
FP4 MARINER (Multi-Agent Intelligent Network Overload Control Systems)