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The Open University is a world leader in distance education. Currently, it has around 150,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students. It has educated more than 2 million people since its launch in 1969. The Open University enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its research in many fields.
Within the Open University, the Centre for Research in Computing (CRC) brings together researchers from many branches of computing. The CRC includes the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), the Institute for Educational Technology (IET) and academic staff from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology. CRC researchers participate in, and often lead, substantive externally funded research projects, nationally and internationally. Specific expertise relevant to agINFRA resides in a number of research groups, including the Multimedia Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and the Semantic Web and Knowledge Services research groups within the CRC. The OU has been or is engaged in approximately thirty FP7 projects, including the ViBRANT project (Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy http://vbrant.eu).
Dr David Morse | E-mail: d(dot)r(dot)morse(at)open(dot)ac(dot)uk
Dr David Morse is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Department at the Open University, UK. He graduated from the University of York with a degree in Biology and Computer Science and a D. Phil. in ecology. David has maintained interdisciplinary research interests ever since, in a field that has become biodiversity informatics. He has taught computing at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Kent and then at the Open University. Recent funding successes include the Automated Biodiversity Literature Enhancement (ABLE) project and the Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy (ViBRANT) project, in addition to agINFRA. He is also involved in the SysMIC project (Systems Training in Maths, Informatics and Computational Biology) to develop distance learning courses in the fundamentals of systems biology.