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Ms. Niamh Brennan

Assistant Librarian (Library)

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in Trinity College Library Dublin where she works on 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 Steering Group on Open Access Policy (which represents all Irish funding councils and research agencies and institutions), RIAN (Ireland's Open Access Research Portal) Steering Group, DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), OpenAIRE and OpenAIRE Plus (FP7). 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 coordinates a national sectoral project in Ireland, funded by the HEA and managed by the IUA, which develops research reporting standards and research evaluation methodologies with a particular focus on developing new ways of demonstrating research impact.
 MIR (Medicines Information Retrieval) Project
 TCD Institutional Repository programme
 Bridge-IT Project
 National Research Data Project
 OPSIT Project

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Details Date
National Steering Group on Open Access 2012 to date
National Research Data Project ( 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
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EuroCRIS Member 2008 to date
Irish Learning Technology Association (member) 2005 to date
Digital Curation Centre Associates Network (Member) 2005 to date
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, PRESENTED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
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, PUBLISHED  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, PUBLISHED  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, PUBLISHED
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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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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 Supported by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED


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Current research interests: interoperability in open source and open access environments, web analytics associated with open access content, web-based user interfaces to distributed resources, online communities and user-generated content, emerging standards for research information, research evaluation standards, bibliometrics and impact analysis