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Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy

Director, UCCDH

Digital Humanities, University College Cork


BA, Higher Diploma, M.Phil

DRI Role

Management Board member



Dr Orla Murphy is Director of the innovative BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology at University College Cork, a unique, new collaboration between the sciences and the humanities; the first degree of its kind in UCC shared by two colleges. She also co-coordinates two MA programs: the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities and the MA in Digital Cultures. Recently appointed the Irish National Coordinator for the EU DARIAH ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, she is active in a number of EU research projects, notably the Cooperation in Science and Technology COSCH project. She leads a team of researchers comprising 15 PhDs, and a postdoctoral researcher in state-of-the-art digital pedagogy facilities at UCC.

Named one of the inaugural Fulbright Techimpact scholars (2015) she is a National Teaching Expert awardee from Ireland’s National Forum for Teaching and Research in Higher Education(2015). Named Digital Champion at University College Cork, she is the chair of the University’s E-Learning Strategy sub-committee, and serves on the Academic Board, and Academic Council, and recently serves on its newly constituted Data & Records Management committee.

Her current work focuses on embedding semantics in 3D cultural heritage objects, including ontologies for better understanding and sharing of resources.