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Damien Gallagher

Damien Gallagher

Senior Software Engineer

An Foras Feasa, The Institute for Research in Irish Historical & Cultural Traditions

DRI Role

Senior Software Engineer for the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Leader Work Package 7: Data Management

Research Interests
Software Engineering within Digital Humanities, Virtual Learning Environments, XML Databases, Enterprise Search Engines

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Damien Gallagher is a senior software engineer in An Foras Feasa. He was the lead software engineer for the Irish in Europe prosopographical virtual learning environment, the CRADLE digital repository for the Irish Film Institute, Intel and the Bibliography of Irish Literature Criticism (BILC). He has produced interactive kiosks for the Strangers to Citizens exhibition at the National Library of Ireland.


Previous to his role at An Foras Feasa Damien spent several years working as a software engineer at NUI Maynooth’s John Paul II Library, actively querying and customising the library’s ALEPH database, EPrints archive and SFX link server.


Damien has experience in the development, deployment and maintenance of digital humanity and library repositories and databases. He has extensive knowledge of metadata standards, archive-quality data formats, data harvesting protocols and advanced data indexing.

Selected Publications

Gallagher, D., O’Connor, T., Lyons, M.A., Teehan, A. & Keating, J.G. (2009). ‘Étudiants irlandais aux universitiés européennes, 1580–1800: numérisation de bases de données biographiques’, in Hiernard, J., Turrel, D. & Delmas-Rigoutsos, Y. (Eds.), Vita Peregrinatio: Les Routes européennes du savoir (pp. 49–58). Presses universitaires de Poitiers.

Keating, J.G., Teehan, A., Gallagher, D., O’Connor, T. (2009). A Digital Edition of a Spanish 18th Century Account Book: Part 1 – User Driven Digitisation. Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie, 10, 169–188.