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Ms. Niamh Brennan
Assistant Librarian, Library

Biography

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in Trinity College Library Dublin where she works on research reporting, evaluation and impact. She is responsible for the development of Trinity's Research Support System and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity's Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland's National Open Science Forum (which represents all Irish funding councils and research agencies and institutions), DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), OpenAIRE2020 (Horizon2020) and OpenAIRE Advance (Horizon2020). She is a member of the management councils of two key Irish journals in economics and social sciences and has partnered in a number of research projects in digital humanities, international development and social sciences. Niamh coordinated a national sectoral project in Ireland, funded by the HEA and managed by the IUA, which developed research reporting standards and research evaluation methodologies with a particular focus on developing new ways of demonstrating research impact. She has acted as a consultant on bibliometrics for HEA/Forfas (2011) and HEA (2106-2017). She is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Skills for Open Science, reporting to the European Open Science Policy Platform (expert group report published: September 2017).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

K Kiely, N Brennan, A Hayes, Measuring research in the university via senior academic promotions and faculty research metrics, Procedia Computer Science, 146, 2019, p173 - 181 Journal Article, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text

K Kiely, N Brennan, A Hayes, Measuring research in the university via senior academic promotions and faculty research metrics., CRIS2018, Umea, Sweden, 18-22 June 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Conor O'Carroll, Niamh Brennan, Berit Hyllseth, Ulrike Kohl, Gareth O'Neill, Rinske Van Den Berg, Providing researchers with the skills and competencies they need to practise Open Science: Open Science Skills Working Group Report, Brussels, European Commission DG-RTG, September, 2017, p1 - 36 Report, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Niamh Brennan, On grasping the lifeline - and avoiding the noose: Open Access in Social Sciences and Humanities, Workshop on Open Access infrastructures in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Covent Garden, Brussels, 6-7 February, 2013, 2013, ERCEA/A1 in collaboration with the ERC Scientific Council working group on Open Access Invited Talk, 2013

Niamh Brennan, The dark arts of rankings, Bibliometrics: Use and Abuse in the Review of Research Performance: an international symposium, Stockholm, May 23-25, 2013, Academia Europaea & Wenner-Gren Foundations, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Niamh Brennan and Catherine Bruen, Transforming cultures: Open Access and the research-teaching nexus, eInfraNet 'Open' Workshop , Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands, 27-28 October 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 URL TARA - Full Text

The role of information and communications technology in research capacity building in, editor(s)Michael G. Healy and Mary Goretti Nakabugo , Research capacity building for development: resources for higher education institutions, Belfast, The Irish-African Partnership for Research Capacity Building, 2010, pp58 - 72, [Jane Grimson, Niamh Brennan, Catherine Bruen, Daniel Lete Murugarren, Margaret Ngwira, Vinny Wade and Kondwani Wella] Book Chapter, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Niamh Brennan, Developments in Ireland, Keeping the records of science accessible: can we afford it? Annual Conference of the Alliance for Permanent Access 2008, Budapest, Hungary, 4th November, 2008, Alliance for Permanent Access, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008 URL

Vivero LE, Henman MC, Healy A,Brennan N , Information literacy training for the 21st century: The Medicines Information Retrieval Project., Pharmacotherapy, 24, 2004, p1472 - 1473p Journal Article, 2004

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Niamh Brennan, Metrics and Interdisciplinarity, Dublin, October, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Niamh Brennan, Donal Lyons, Andrew Watson, Kevin Kiely, Enovation Solutions, Case Study: TARA: Trinity's Access to Research Archive, RSP Repository Software Day 2009, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 19th March 2009, Repositories Support Project, funded by JISC Repository Net, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009 URL

Niamh Brennan, Research information: an Irish perspective, Scottish Planning Forum, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, 28 January 2009, 2009, University of St Andrews Invited Talk, 2009

Niamh Brennan & Garret McMahon, Increasing points of access: a guide to metadata harvesting, A picture's worth a thousand euros - Return on Investment? How to improve the cultural and commercial potential of your image collection, The Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, Lindon, 28-29 January, 2009, Bridgeman Art Library, Collections Trust, Electric Lane and The MILE Project, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009 URL

Niamh Brennan, Beyond the repository: Current Research Information Systems & the REF, Repositories Support Project (RSP) Winter School, New Lanark, Scotland, 25-27 February 2009, 2009, Repositories Support Project (RSP), funded by JISC Repositories Net Invited Talk, 2009 URL

Niamh Brennan, Open Access policies in Ireland, Open Access: Maximising Research Impact workshop, New Bulgarian University Library, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 23-24, 2009, Bulgarian Information Consortium, New Bulgarian University Library and eIFL.net. Supported by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute Invited Talk, 2009 URL

Niamh Brennan, e-Library capabilities for international cooperation in education, research and publica outreach, Universitas 21 Workshop, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, May 7th 2008, 2008, UCD & Universitas 21 Invited Talk, 2008

Niamh Brennan, Institutional repositories and the Open Access revolution in Ireland, Publishing government e-information: challenges and opportunities , Bedford Suite, Dublin Castle, 9 October 2008, Library Association of Ireland, Government Libraries Section, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008 URL

Niamh Brennan, Pushing doors and opening windows, Repositories Support Project (RSP) Summer School, Thornton Manor, The Wirral, Cheshire, 18th-20th June 2008 , 2008, Repositories Support Project (RSP), funded by JISC Repositories Net Invited Talk, 2008 URL

Niamh Brennan, Local integration, national federation - TCD-RSS, TARA, IReL-Open, Expertise Ireland , DRIVER Summit : Towards a Confederation of Digital Repositories, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany, January 16-17, 2008, DRIVER (Digital Repositories Infrastructure ision for Europe), EU FP 7 Research Infractructures, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008 URL

Niamh Brennan, Donal Lyons, Andrew Watson, Kevin Kiely, Enovation Solutions, Access and Infrastructure: how an integrated research information systems can support reading, writing and reputation, Technology Futures Conference, Edinburgh, November 21st 2008, University of Edinburgh, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008 URL

Niamh Brennan, Cataloguing in the electronic age: TARA (Trinity's Access to Research Archive), Cataloguing in the Electronic Age: LAI C&IG one-day seminar, National Library of Ireland, October 25th, 2007, Library Association of Ireland, Cataloguing & Indexing Group & The National Library of Ireland Invited Talk, 2007

Niamh Brennan & Austin McLean, Plagiarism and ETDs: confronting the reality, EDT 2007 - Added value to e-theses: 10th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, 13- 16 June 2007, EDT & Uppsala University Library, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Jane Grimson (Chair), Bertil Andersson, Catherine Cesarsky, Ulrike Felt, Norbert Kroó, Zita Kučinskienė, Gretty Mirdal, Niamh Brennan (Rapporteur), Scientific publication: policy on open access (European Research Advisory Board Final Report), EURAB 06.049, Brussels, EURAB, December, 2006, p1 - 14 Report, 2006 TARA - Full Text

Niamh Brennan & Paul Sheehan, Institutional repositories in an Irish context, 9 February 2005, 2005, National Library of Ireland, ANLTC Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2005

Brennan, N., Welcome to the Big Time: Building the Infrastructure for Irish Research Information, INULS Conference 2005, University College Cork, June 2005, 2005 Invited Talk, 2005

Brennan, N., Ballrooms of Romance? Towards Collaborative Virtual Research Environments in Ireland, IUISC 2005: Sustaining Innovation in an Integrated Environment, Sligo, March 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Brennan, N., Healy, A., Henman, M. & Vivero, L., Integrating information skills into the curriculum: the web-based approach, LIR Annual Seminar 2004: Digital Library Directions: Current Initiatives, Trinity College Dublin, March 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Brennan, N. & Lyons, D., Joined-Up Thinking: Building TCD's Research Support System in a Collaborative Environment, IUISC 2004: Supporting Diversity, Kilkenny, March 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004 URL

Brennan, N. & Healy, A., E-Learning & Access: Information Skills Teaching in TCD, IUISC 2004: Supporting Diversity, Kilkenny, March 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Research Expertise

Description

Current research interests: emerging standards for research information, research evaluation standards, bibliometrics, data citation metrics, altmetrics and impact analysis; interoperability in open source and open access environments, web analytics associated with web-based / open access content.

Projects

  • Title
    • OpenAIRE2020
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • OpenAIREplus
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • MIR (Medicines Information Retrieval) Project
  • Summary
    • EU 5,000
  • Funding Agency
    • Centre for Learning Technology, TCD
  • Date From
    • 2002
  • Date To
    • 2003
  • Title
    • TCD Institutional Repository programme
  • Summary
    • EU 53,000 +
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD Research Committee
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Bridge-IT Project
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD Long Room Hub
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • National Research Data Project
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • OPSIT Project
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • MILE (Metadata for Image Libraray Exploitation) Project
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • OpenAIRE
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • December 1st 2009
  • Date To
    • November 30th 2012
  • Title
    • Irish African Partnership for Research Capacity Building
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Aid
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2011

Recognition

Representations

Digital Education Advisory Board (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning) 2018

European Commission Expert Group on Skills for Open Science September 2016 - to date

EuroCRIS Task Group on Standards and Identifiers June 2017 - to date

National Open Research Forum (formerly National Steering Group on Open Access) 2012 to date

National Research Data Project (http://www.iresearch.ie) Steering Group (Coordinator) 2009 - to date

OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus Projects: representative and coordinator for Ireland

DART-Europe Partnership (Board member and TCD representative) 2005 - to date

DRIVER (Digital Repositories Infrastructure Vision for European Research) Project: representative and coordinator for Ireland 2007-2010

IUA Librarians' Working Group/Rian Steering Group on Institutional Repositories(Member & Chair of Metadata & Harvesting Group) 2005 to date

National Research Platform, Standards & Definitions Group: Chair 2008 - 2009

Research Information Systems Exchange (RISE) Group (TCD representative) 2004 - to date

NDLR (National Digital Learning Objects Repository Committee) (Member) 2005 - 2008

NDLR Interoperability Subcommittee (Member) 2005 - 2012

Expertise Ireland Advisory Group Subcommittee (Chair) 2005

Expertise Ireland Advisory Group (Member) 2004 - 2009

IUA Researcher Mobility Portal Advisory Group (Member) 2004 - 2008

National ORCID Project 2019

Awards and Honours

TCD Graduate Students Union Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

TCD Graduate Students Union Honourary Membership 2019

Memberships

EuroCRIS Member 2008 – to date

Irish Learning Technology Association (member) 2005 – to date

Digital Curation Centre Associates Network (Member) 2005 – to date