is my personal page at Oxford University.
I have been employed at the University of Oxford since 1995. Since February 2013 I am the Director of Infrastructure Services within IT Services (formerly Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS)).
Infrastructure Services comprises:
- Networks and Data Centres
- Enterprise Applications
- HFS backup and archive
- Integrated Communications
- Systems and Databases Management
- Identity and Access Management
- Infrastructure and Hosting
- Business Systems Database Adminstration
- Business Systems Operations
Until December 2012 I was also the Technical Coordinator for the Student Systems Programme (40%) and a member of the ICT Coordination Programme core project team.
I have played a leading role in a number of projects relating to the management of research data. From 2009-2010 I directed the JISC-funded Embedding Institutional Data Curation Services in research (EIDCSR) project. Eidcsr was succeeded by the Supporting Data Management Infrastructure for the Humanities (Sudamih) project, for which I was co-Director (2010-11), and the successor to Sudamih was the Virtual Infrastructure with Database-as-a-Service (VIDaaS), for which I was also co-Director (2011-12). The focus now (2012-13) is on deploying a resilience and maintainable Online Research Database Service (ORDS) for Oxford University, including interoperability with other systems for research data curation.
In 2010/11 Stuart Lee and I led a small-scale, JISC-funded project to develop a toolkit for the costing of IT Services.
From 2007-2009 I directed the e-Infrastructure Use Cases and Service Usage Models (eIUS) Project, including the production of a set of e-Infrastructure case study videos.
I was also Co-Director of the Scoping Digital Repository Services for Research Data Management project until it completed in March 2009.
I have participated in a number of virtual research environment (VRE) projects, most recently as Co-investigator for the VRE for the Study of Documents and Manuscripts Project.
Until August 2007 I was the Head of the Research Technologies Service at OUCS and
Director of Intute
Arts and Humanities, a service of Intute, the national resource discovery
service. Until August 2008 I was also Director of OSS Watch, the JISC-funded open source software advisory service. For a short period of time I was Associate Director of the Oxford
e-Research Centre (OeRC).
From Sept 2005-March 2007 I contributed to Oxford University's ICT
Strategy Programme as Technical Secretary and a leader of the work
task charged with developing scenarios sketching out the near-future
benefits of ICT for day to day working in the University.
I have a BA (Hons) and PhD in theology from the University of Durham.
My current interests include: models for the delivery of IT services within research-intensive universities; institutional ICT structures for supporting research, including the development
of virtual research environments and development of services to support research data management; full economic costing of ICT services and ensuring sustainable ICT services within institutions. I still maintain a passing interest in digital humanities (formerly known as humanities computing).
Recent publications include:
- Fraser, Michael A. "Identifying digital objects" in Dutton, W. H., and Jeffreys, P. W. (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press (2010).
a Research Repository for Oxford University". Produced for
the Digital Archiving Group, Oxford University (Jan 2006).
Research Environments: Overview and Activity". Ariadne
44 (July 2005), http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/fraser/
- Review of Understanding Open Source
and Free Software Licensing by Andrew M. St. Laurent. Ariadne
42 (Jan 2005). http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue42/fraser-rvw/
- [With J. Anderson and A. Dunning] (eds). Selected Papers from Digital
Resources for the Humanities 2001-2002 (London:OHC,
- [With F. Pinto] "Access Management, the Key to a Portal: the experience
of the Subject Portals Project". Ariadne 35 (2003), http://www.ariadne.ac.uk
- [With N. Williamson and M. Deegan] (eds). Digital Evidence: Selected
Proceedings from Digital Resources for the Humanities 2000. (London:
- [With F. Condron and S. Sutherland] CTI Textual Studies Guide to
Digital Resources for the Humanities (Oxford: HCU,
2000 & West
Virginia University Press, 2001). The essay entitled, "Religion
and Theology" is available online.
- "From concordances to subject portals:
supporting the text-centred humanities community". Computers
and the Humanities 34 (Aug 2000): 265-78.
- [Editor] Computers
& Texts. Oxford: CTI Textual Studies, 1995-2000.
to the William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky". London:
- [With S. Porter] "Text,
Performance, Film: putting on the digital show?" Literary and
Linguistic Computing 12:4 (1997). Introductory essay to special
section also edited by Fraser & Porter.
and the Encaenia" in Studia Patristica 39. Ed. Elizabeth
A. Livingstone. Leuven: Peeters, 1997: 25-28.
See also my Google citations page.
Some recent presentations include:
- [With Stuart Lee] "Costing IT Services". What price your service? UCISA, Birmingham, 9 December 2011.
- "The Place of the Digital Library within
Virtual Research Environments". Digital Libraries à la Carte.
International Ticer School (Tilburg), 24 August 2006. [PDF
- "Sustaining Virtual Research Environments
(VRE) : Some Strategic Considerations". JISC VRE Programme
meeting, Oxford, 17 Jan 2006.
- [with J. Wilson] "Humbul
Humanities Hub". University College London. P008: Digital Resources
in the Humanities, 21 October 2005.
Robots but Humans: Stories from the Humbul Humanities Hub". Colloque
du centre «Cultures Anglophones et Technologies de l’Information»
(CATI) Université Paris-Sorbonne, 12 March 2005.
- "Supporting Virtual
Research Environments : how can we help?". Oxford University Computing
Services Open Day, 22 April 2004.
- [with S. Holdom] "The
development of online resource discovery services for the humanities".
The Future of the Humanities, St Hugh's College, Oxford, 19-20 March
- "Open source software for teaching and learning". Open Source Software
for Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Administration, ALT Workshop,
Oxford Brookes University, 13 Nov 2003.
- "Learning about Institutional Portals: the OUCS Pilot Portal Project".
Digital Projects in Oxford seminar series, 12 Nov 2003.
- "Portal-to-portal: joining up content to decrease the time spent clicking
as distinguished from the time spent working". EINIRAS Conference, London,
September 2003. [Powerpoint]
- (With F. Pinto) "Humbul
Humanities Portal: Managing Access and Integration". Digital Resources
in the Humanities 2003, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, September
- "Building bridges and intercept points: putting national and institutional
portals in touch with one another". UCISA-JISC
Portals Forum, June 2003.
- "Delivering national portal services for the humanities". Gateways
to Research and Lifelong Learning: Portals in Perspective. University
of London Library, 25 April 2003.
- (With F. Pinto) "Authenticating remote users to remote resources:
the experience of the Subject Portals Project". Internet Librarian International,
Birmingham, March 2003 [Powerpoint].
- (with F. Boyle) "Oxford's
institutional repository: what eprints can do for you". Digital
Projects in Oxford seminar series, 19 Feb 2003.
- "Simple access to
archival descriptions using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol".
DRH2002, University of Edinburgh, September 2002.
- "Humbul Humanities Hub". Dibner Institute, MIT, March 2002.
views of the Humbul Humanities Hub". DRH2001, School of Oriental
and African Studies, London, July 2001.
resources for teaching". School of Humanities, University of Nottingham,
- "Greek text on
the Web: finding, using, delivering." Oxford ICT in Classics Conference,
- "Selecting Resources for a Subject
Gateway: Who Decides?". ACH-ALLC International Humanities Computing
Conference, University of Virginia, 9-13 June 1999.
- "Online desktop
commentary: the case of the Starr Report." Text and Commentary in
the Electronic Age, Oxford, October 1998.
- "CTI Textual Studies 1984-1999: What
Have We Learnt?" Digital Resources for the Humanities, Glasgow,
- "I was wandering in cyberspace
for 40 hours and 40 minutes, when lightning struck": The Problems
of Finding Religion in Cyberspace Paper presented to the British Middle
Eastern Studies Conference, Birmingham, 7 July 1998.
- "The history of the electronic
text". Part of a history of the book seminar session on the electronic
text and the future of the codex, Oxford, 1998.
- "Teaching the Humanities with Digital
Resources." Paper Delivered at the Digital Resources for the Humanities
Conference, Somerville College, Oxford, July 1-3 1996.
- "Tools and Techniques
for Computer-Assisted Biblical Studies." New Testament Graduate
Research Seminar, Oxford, June 1996.
I was external examiner for the MA/Diploma/Certificate
in Electronic Communication and Publishing, University College London,
2003-2006. From 2002-2004 I was also external examiner for the Certificate
in Humanities Computing for Languages, University of Cambridge.
I am, or was, a member of the following committees:
- 2008- , X5 Project Steering Group and Oxford Project Board (was Resolve Replacement Project)
- 2005- , Humanities Division IT Committee
- 2004- , Classics Faculty IT Committee
- 2010-2013, Ucisa Infrastructure Group Committee
- 2009-2012, Student Systems Management Group
- 2009, Humanities Division IT Review
- 2009-2011, Enhanced Computing Environment Programme Board
- 2007-2011, Core User Directory Project Working Party (Chair)
- 2007-2009, Oxford Digital Repositories Steering Group (Technical Secretary)
- 2007-2009, Steering Group for the Oxford University Research Archive
- 2008, University Groupware Project Shortlisting and Procurement panels (OUCS Sponsor)
- 2006, OST e-Infrastructure Virtual Research Communities Working Group
- 2005-2007, Oxford University ICT
Strategy Steering Group (Technical Secretary)
- 2005-2006, Research Portals in
Arts and Humanities Project Group
- 2003-2005, Resource
Discovery Network Management Board (elected representative)
- 2003-2009 , TAPoR: Text-Analysis
POrtal for Research External Board
- 2003-2007, OSS Watch Advisory
- 2003-2006, AHDS Literature,
Languages and Linguistics Advisory Committee
- 2003-2005, HEA Philosophical
and Religious Studies Subject Centre Steering Group
- 2001-2005 , AHDS History
- 2003-2006, Association for Computers
and the Humanities Executive Council (elected)
- 2003-2005, Accessing
our archival and manuscript heritage Steering Group
- 1999-2005, Digital Resources for
the Humanities Standing Committee (Chair, 2001-2004)
- 2002-2003, MedHist [History of
Medicine Gateway] Advisory Group
- 2000-2004, Resource
Guide for the Arts and Humanities Advisory Group
- Durham: My PhD thesis was entitled, "The Feast of the Encaenia
in the Fourth Century and in the Early Liturgical Sources of Jerusalem"
(1995). I was one of the first theologians to make use of the Web and
of course my first web documents were a (draft) abstract
and material relating to my thesis. The full text of my thesis is
now available online. During
my time in Durham I ensured that Durham was amongst the first to have
a web site for its Department
of Theology and I also created a guide
to internet resources for theology (not working since the migration of Humbul to Intute). I also made available online a section of the wandering pilgrim
dealing with the Jerusalem liturgy together with a translation.
- Oxford: From 1995-1999 I was Research Officer, Manager, and
finally Deputy Director of the CTI
Centre for Textual Studies. During this time I edited, and contributed
to, numerous issues of Computers
& Texts, maintained most of the Web site, travelled the UK and
beyond organising presentations and workshops, and undertook various
other online/offline activities for the Computers in Teaching Initiative.
I was also Oxford site manager for the ASTER
Project (Assisting Small-group Teaching with Electronic Resources).
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