Karen Spärck Jones lecture 2012

Work with scientists: fun, profit & the “e” in e-science

Prof Carole Goble

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About the speaker

Prof Goble is a career academic who has been based in the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester since she attended as an undergraduate in 1979. Her interest is in the acceleration of scientific innovation through automation, knowledge management and social interaction. She is a partner in the UK’s Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute and the Software Sustainability Institute. In 2008 she was awarded the inaugural Microsoft Jim Gray Award for outstanding contributions to e-science. In 2010 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for her contributions to e-science, and she chaired the UK Research Councils’ review of e-infrastructure for science and innovation. In 2012 she was nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences.

Prof Goble co-leads the Information Management Group (IMG) and directs the myGrid project, a large mixed team of researchers, computational scientists and software engineers specialising in e-science research and building widely adopted, open-source software and fielded services. The myGrid team is responsible for the widely used Taverna workflow system; the myExperiment, MethodBox and SEEK virtual research environments for scientists; and practical semantic tools such as RightField. Prof Goble currently leads the technical development of a European biodiversity virtual e-laboratory, the concept services for the OpenPHACTS public-private partnership to build a semantic web for European drug discovery, and the long-term preservation of scientific workflows (Wf4Ever).