Founder and Director
Having worked in the internet industry since the 90s building websites of all types and sizes, Michael came to work with digital archives while serving as IT Officer at the Royal Naval Museum (now the National Museum of the Royal Navy) where he worked on an Heritage Lottery Funded digitisaton project called Sea Your History. Here, he implemented DSpace to store the digital assets, and used Joomla to display them on a thematic website. After this project, Michael went on to manage Open Repository, the managed hosted institutional repository service of Biomed Central, where he managed around 23 open access archives for such institutions as Anglia Ruskin University, University of Arizona, Natural History Museum, Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Helsebiblioteket’s Research Archive (HeRA), KAUST, and many others. Also while at BMC, Michael specified and managed bringing into fruition the World Health Organisation’s Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS), the WHO’s open access archive for their documents with an interface in the six official languages of the United Nations. Michael was a member of the DSpace Community Advisor Team (DCAT), and is currently serving as a Museums Computer Group committee member.