NUI Maynooth, Principal Investigator for DRI
Member of the DRI Core Implementation Team
John Keating is the Associate Director of An Foras Feasa: The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions where he supports, and leads the research, educational and operational activities of the Institute. He was seconded to this role in 2007 from the Department of Computer Science and NUI Maynooth, where he has lectured since 1990. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Experimental Physics, an MA in Education, and a PhD in Experimental Physics.
His research interests are varied, and include digital humanities, humanities computing, document encoding, hyperspectral segmentation, systemic functional linguistics, educational technology, and software engineering. John has a strong track record of securing competitive funding from international and national funding agencies including science, humanities and social science. He has also received funding support from companies, with a view to co-funding mutually beneficial research. Some recent grants include:
- National Audio Visual Repository. Higher Education Authority, Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (Cycle 5) 2011-2015 €1.4m (R Kitchin and JG Keating).
- Delivering a Universal Learning Environment for Digital Humanities Education Funding from IRCHSS and Intel Ireland for the development of a virtual research platform during the period 2009-10. €40,656 (JG Keating; M Kelleher; K O’Connell; A Teehan).
- Humanities Serving Irish Society: An Foras Feasa. Higher Education Authority, Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (Cycle 4) 2007-2011 €5.8m (M Kelleher and JG Keating).
- Insiders and Outsiders: the Irish in Europe 1580-1820 Preparation of five biographical databases, held by the Irish in Europe Project, for visitor interface in this National Library of Ireland funded (2007), €20,000 (MA Lyons, T O’Connor, JG Keating).
- Irish in Europe Project. Funding from IRCHSS for the development of a virtual research platform during the period 2007-9. €112,000 (T O’Connor; MA Lyons; JG Keating).
- Virtual Telescopes in Education. National Centre for Technology in Education, 2003-2005, €101,600 (JG Keating).
John has supervised six completed PhD students, eight research MSc students, and currently co-supervises two PhD students in Digital Humanities and Computer Science. He has supervised over forty taught Masters projects. In 2008, he developed, delivered and coordinated a Humanities Computing Module, at NUI Maynooth, for second and third year BA students. This was the first offering of a Digital Humanities module to undergraduate students in Ireland, and the first targeted module for Arts students taking Computer Science. He also designed and developed An Foras Feasa’s successful MA in Digital Humanities; the first offering of a graduate Digital Humanities programme in Ireland.
John in one of NUI Maynooth’s principal investigators of the HEA funded Digital Repository of Ireland project. He is a member of the DRI Core Implementation Team.