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My research is on the use of digital resources in the humanities; digital textual resources; reading in physical and digital environments; and the use of social networking for reserach and in cultural heritage.

I have been lead researcher, from 2009-2011, of the User Experience group of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project (INKE), funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research council (SSHRC), which aims to produce new digital environments for reading and research in the humanities, associate director of the JISC-funded LinkSphere project, studying the use of social networking applications by humanities researchers and co-investigator of the JISC funded Digital Humanities Open Educational Resources project. I also lead the QRator project a collaborative project with CASA and UCL Grant Museum, which uses QR codes and iPads to allow visitors to record their views about museum objects. This is funded by the UCL Beacon for Public Engagement. I have also co-investigated of several research projects funded by SSHRC's Image Text Sound Technologies programme to study users of digital resources and the institutional context of Digital Humanities research.</p>

Completed research

I was associate director of the VERA project, funded by JISC. This project, led by the university of Reading, and the Roman Silchester project aimed to build a Virtual Research Environment for use by archaologists. The UCL team studied the way that archaeologists use technology, both on the dig itself, and by means of remote access to the IADB database.

I was also principle investigator of the LAIRAH project funded by the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme. We used deep log analysis techinques, in collaboration with UCL's CIBER research centre to try to determine levels of use of digital humanites projects. We then derived recommendations about future good practice for such projects from an in-depth, qualitative study.

I was co-investigator on an EPSRC project, led by Prof Ann Blandford of UCLIC to study the way that humanities users interact with digital library materials, called User-Centred Interactive Search with Digital with Digital Libraries, which began in September 2004.

I was also principle investigator of the LAIRAH project funded by the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme. We used deep log analysis techinques, in collaboration with UCL's CIBER research centre to try to determine levels of use of digital humanites projects. We then derived recommendations about future good practice for such projects from an in-depth, qualitative study.

I was co-investigator on an EPSRC project, led by Prof Ann Blandford of UCLIC to study the way that humanities users interact with digital library materials, called User-Centred Interactive Search with Digital with Digital Libraries, which began in September 2004.