Associate group member
My love of technology started with text adventure games because it felt that, unlike a normal book, the PC provided endless possibilities to explore and discover new worlds, something that was compounded by my first taste of the Internet in 1996. I still fondly recall the sound of the dial-up modem!
I completed my undergraduate degree in computer science at University College Dublin in 2002 but realised that I was better at telling stories about technology than actually coding so I did a B.A. in journalism in Griffith College Dublin. I began freelancing with PC Live! magazine during this time (my first story was on these new fangled social networking sites like Bebo and MySpace!).
Shortly afterwards I got a job with technology news site Siliconrepublic.com. My interest in social media continued as I helped develop the website’s social networking presence while getting to review new gadgets and interview some amazing people including Tim Berners-Lee and Biz Stone. I worked there for almost four years in my dream job as a reporter, assistant editor and eventually editor of GadgetRepublic.com before getting restless and going on to complete an MSc in Science Communication at Dublin City University.
My dissertation on science communication and personalised search led me to Insight (then DERI) where I’m now researching scholarly communication on the social web and altmetrics. Also, it means I have the great opportunity to work with the Digital Humanities and Journalism working group! I still do freelance technology journalism on the side and write a weekly column (Weblog) for the Irish Times as well as working on the Technology Voice podcast.