Dr. Clare Thornley, Senior Research Fellow, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University, Ireland.
In September 2013 Clare took up the position of researcher with the Innovation Value Institute. Clare’s research interests include new ways of measuring research impact and its influence on policy and practice; information management for improved performance; information ethics and the philosophy of information. Clare started her career working in the UK voluntary sector where she was information officer for The Volunteer Centre UK, a national centre for researching, collecting and disseminating best practice information and policy guidance on volunteering. During this role she developed and delivered training course for volunteer managers ranging from small community organisation to large national organisations. She has taught Information Retrieval, Information Organisation and Information Policy at under-graduate and post-graduate level at Dublin Business School, University College Dublin, Trinity College and Maynooth University. Since joining IVI she has worked on a number of e-Skills projects and recently completed research examining the training and support needs of SMES wishing to digitise their companies in the Digital Jobs Project. Clare also has direct experience of online learning as a student in her recent Open University studies and she has worked in teams to deliver online teaching as part of blended learning approach in her teaching. She was principal investigator on a recent Science Foundation Ireland funded project examining the scholarly impact and technological innovations arising from international video retrieval benchmarking research (TRECVid). She has worked as a team member with the University of Strathclyde, the University of Canberra and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Australia examining the new ethical issues in policy and practice that emerging technologies are bringing to information science. She has recently completed a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with CIBER Research Ltd and the University of Tennessee on changing patterns of scholarly communication in light of the digital transition. Currently she is working on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project on improving the peer review process for research funding with a focus on industry/academic research. For details of publications see http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=4k0MBQ4AAAAJ&hl=en.