Prof. Declan O’Sullivan, Professor in Computer Science

Strand 2 – Research for the development of computing technology with insights informed by the Arts and Humanities

Theme –  Enhancing scholarly research in the humanities using knowledge graph technology

Keywords – Human computer interaction, knowledge graphs, data integration, linked data, personalisation, usability, digital humanities

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Biography – Declan O’Sullivan is a Professor in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin ( and elected as a TCD Fellow in 2019 in recognition of the impact of his research and his contributions to his discipline and college. He is a Principal Investigator at the SFI ADAPT Research Centre in Digital Media Technology ( where he leads up the strand of research called ‘Transparent Digital Governance’, covering research in data governance, data integration, data ethics, data protection and data value. His own research focuses on enabling more automatic data integration, and current projects include: working with Ordnance Survey Ireland on making their geospatial data available as Linked Open Data (; working with medical professionals to integrate diverse data sets (e.g. FAIRVASC; and working with humanities researchers to link and publish data from diverse collections and archives (e.g. the Beyond 2022 project In addition, he has several research collaborations with industry, most recently Huawei and Accenture. Before joining Trinity in 2001, he worked for several years on distributed data projects with IONA Technologies and Broadcom Eireann research.