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Project Staff

Below you will find details of the project staff based in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Dr Jennifer Edmond, Director of Strategic Projects

Jennifer EdmondDr Jennifer Edmond, is Research Fellow and Director of Strategic Projects for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Trinity College Dublin and the co-director of the Trinity Center for Digital Humanities. She holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale University, and applies her training as a scholar of language, narrative and culture to the study and promotion of advanced methods in and infrastructures for the arts and humanities. 

In this vein, she has developed a significant profile in European research and research policy circles in the past 5 years, having been named one of Ireland’s five “Champions of EU Research” in 2012.  She coordinated the €6.5m CENDARI FP7 (2012-1026) project and is a partner in the related infrastructure cluster, PARTHENOS. Her other EU projects have included coordinating Researcher Night in 2013, Europeana Cloud, the ESF Network NeDiMAH and the forthcoming ICT ‘sister project’ Knowledge Complexity (KPLEX). 

Jennifer is a member of the Board of  Directors of the pan-European research infrastructure fort eh arts and humanities, DARIAH. Additionally she represents this body on the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), which supports the European Commission in developing and promoting Open Science policies.

Jennifer has played a leadership role in numerous strategic developments at national and institutional level, and has lent her expertise in the development of infrastructure to a wide variety of initiatives and agencies, from the food manufacturing industry through to the Korean national maritime agency. She is also a strong proponent of public outreach for academic research, having presented her work to general audiences, live as well as through radio, television and video, and even through the medium of stand up comedy.

Phone: +353 896 4274 | Email: jennifer.edmond@tcd.ie


Deirdre Byrne, Projects Officer

Deirdre Byrne is a Research Projects Officer in the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, working on the management and administration of a number of EU-funded research programmes, coordinated by Dr Jennifer Edmond. She is currently working on the PARTHENOS project as well as the SPECTRESS network. She was previously the project manager for the four-year, FP7-funded CENDARI project as well as the Researchers’ Night 2013 project, coordinated by TCD. She holds a M.Sc. from Trinity College and is certified as a Project Management Professional by the PMI (Project Management Institute).

Before joining the Trinity Long Room Hub in 2012, Deirdre worked in regional government for the project management of a number of EU-funded regional development initiatives as well as in private sector consultancy for the provision of technical and project management services. 

Phone: +353 896 4274 | Email: byrned36@tcd.ie


Dr Michelle Doran, Research Assistant (K-PLEX) & Project Officer, Trinity Centre of Digital Humanities

Dr Michelle Doran is a Research Assistant for the K-PLEX Knowledge Complexity project and Project Officer for the Trinity Centre of Digital Humanities.  She holds a PhD in Medieval Irish Studies, and her principal research interests lie in the field of humanities research and the underlying epistemological and ideological premises. 

More recently, her research interests have moved to consider the epistemic culture of Digital Humanities.  In addition to her work in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Michelle is completing an MA in Digital Humanities.  The aim of her thesis is to consider the application of various macroanalysis techniques to the existing corpus of digital medieval Irish texts with the intention of providing an alternative perspective on the literary history of such texts.

Her other Digital Humanities roles include research assistant on the Letters of 1916 project, collaborator on the Chronologicon Hibernicum Horizon2020 funded research project and research assistant on the Ogham in 3D project. In a previous life, she worked in banking and holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Advice (QFA).

Phone: +353 896 4274 | Email: doranm1@tcd.ie


Georgina Nugent-Folan, Research Fellow, KPLEX

Georgina Nugent-Folan is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity Long Room Hub, where she is contributing to the K-PLEX Knowledge Complexity project. She completed her PhD thesis on works of Samuel Beckett and Gertrude Stein at Trinity College Dublin in 2016, where she also obtained her BA (English Studies), was elected a Trinity Scholar, and was awarded the Trinity Gold medal.

During her period as a graduate research student she was awarded the IRC Postgraduate Research Scholarship, the AJ Leventhal Travel Scholarship, and the MLA Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, among others.

In addition to her postdoctoral research, she is currently preparing a digital genetic edition of the Compagnie/ Company module as part of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. Articles on Beckett and/or Stein have been published in the Journal of Beckett Studies, The Southern Review and Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd’hui. Her article, “Samuel Beckett: Going On in Style,” received a Special Mention in the 2017 Pushcart Prize.

Phone: +353 896 4470 | Email: nugentfg@tcd.ie


Vicky Garnett, Researcher, PARTHENOS

Vicky Garnett works on the EU Digital Humanities research infrastructure PARTHENOS project with Dr. Jennifer Edmond, predominantly working alongside fellow project members to design and implement training activities and materials associated with the work of the project.  Prior to this, she has worked on Europeana Cloud, SPARKLE and DigCurV.  She is also a Co-Chair of the DARIAH VCC2 Community Engagement working group.  

In addition to her work in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Vicky is also undertaking a PhD in Sociolinguistics, investigating language change within her home county of Somerset in the UK (https://somersetspeaks.wordpress.com).  As part of this, she also chairs a team of fellow Linguistics PhD and Postdocs to produce the Dublin Language Garden; an annual community engagement event that was initially held as part of the Discover Research Dublin programme, which now features as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s activities on Culture Night.

Before joining the Trinity Long Room Hub, Vicky worked in Higher Education administrative roles, such as Graduate Studies Officer at NUI Maynooth (now University of Maynooth), and in funding administration in IRCSET (now the Irish Research Council).  She went on to complete an MPhil in Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and has worked in research since 2012.  She also holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, and has an ongoing interest in communications and outreach within academia.

Phone: +353 896 4470 | Email: vicky.garnett@tcd.ie


Engaging with colleagues in the Library and unlocking its treasures was core to the founding vision for the Institute and has been ever since. We enjoy a very close working relationship with the Library and with the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Unit, which is housed in the Trinity Long Room Hub building.

Tim Keefe, Head of Digital Resources and Imaging Department

Tim Keefe is the head of the Digital Resources and Imaging Services (DRIS) Department at Trinity College Dublin. The Digital Resources unit is the Library department dedicated to the development of digital library resources from the university’s special collections and treasures, and the ongoing development of the University’s internally developed Digital Collections Repository software and hardware infrastructure

Tim Keefe is the Director of Finance and Board member of the UK based Digital Preservation Coalition. And is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate level programme in the school of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin.

Prior to this position, Tim worked as a Research Scientist and Innovation lead at the Eastman Kodak Corporation in the Research and Development Division as a member of the System Concept Centre, a new product development and innovation laboratory. Tim Also worked in the Kodak Professional Digital Capture Group supporting the development of innovative new professional digital capture products.

Tim’s academic background includes undergraduate studies in Photography and Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maine College of Art. Graduate Studies in Image Science Engineering through the Eastman Kodak sponsored Imaging Science and Technology Development Program. And most recently, a Masters of Business Administration from St John Fisher College in Rochester New York in the United States.

Phone: +353 896 2888 | Email: keefet@tcd.ie


Gillian Whelan, Senior Digital Photographer, Digital Resources and Imaging Department

Gillian holds the position of senior photographer within the DRIS unit, supporting the library’s digitisation programme and providing the Library, college research community, and an international research and media audience with imagery of TCD’s research collections. This is undertaken though specialised heritage photography and imaging techniques to international best practice and standards.

Most recently she was team member of the interdisciplinary Early Irish Manuscript, and Changed Utterly research projects, however her role involves her in much of the virtual exhibition and outreach work of the Library.

She holds a BA Hons. in Photography and Digital Imaging from D.I.T. alongside qualifications in Digital Marketing and Strategy. She is a member of the Association of Fine Art and Historical Photographers (AHFAP), and is the Vice President and co-founder of the Dublin chapter of the Emerging Museum Professionals network where she advocates for strong community building and the value of non-traditional roles within the cultural heritage sector.

Her background is in technical and studio photography, and she specialises in heritage imaging technologies and workflow, digitisation implementation, quality assurance and imaging best practice standards for Museums, Archives, and Special Collections. She has consulted on projects for the National Archives, University of Limerick, the Royal Irish Academy, Worth Library, and the Natural History Museum, Dublin.

Phone: +353 896 2889 | Email: whelangp@tcd.ie


Sharon Sutton, Digital Photographer/Library Assistant Executive, Digital Resources and Imaging Department

Sharon is a member of the Digital Resources Team with overall responsibilities for Services, providing images on request to a wide range of customers including Academics, Broadcast Media, Assorted Publications and Researchers. In additon to working in DRIS, she is a Library Assistant working rostered Evening Duties on the main BLU Counter of the Library and Saturday Duties in the John Stearne Medical Library, St. James’s Hospital.

She holds a B.A. in Photographic Media from Griffith College and is a Graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. She represents Trinity on the AHFAP (SIG) Libraries and Archives Imaging Group.

Previous experience includes working in the Microfilming Unit of the Library where she worked on the Mellon Microfilming Project and represented Trinity on the the National Preservation Office Working Group on Preservation Microfilming which consisted of representatives from the British Library, Cambridge University Library, The Bodleian Oxford, The National Archives U.K. & Ireland and the National Libraries of Ireland, Scotland & Wales.

Phone: +353 896 4647 | Email: sharon.sutton@tcd.ie

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