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Postgraduate Opportunities

Carole has supervised 7 PhD's to completion and 7 MPhil candidates. She currently supervises 1 PhD student and has 1 MPhil student writing up and has 1 PhD student who has submitted and is awaiting their oral examination. 

Carole is looking for students with initiative who are able to develop an independent research agenda. She is particularly looking for students interested in the following areas:

- Novel methods for presenting complex provenance logs of workflows runs

- Workflow languages for scientists

- Mass curation of scientific protocols and workflows

- The merging of Web 2.0 technologies and scientific data management 

My group


Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the British Computing Society.

2001 established and co-direct myGrid a sub-group of Information Management Group, which focuses on data intensive e-Science. The group ranges from theory to practice, translating state of the art techniques in semantic web, distributed computing, data management and social computing into software and resources widely used by scientists from many different communities. The team is made up of scientific informaticians, computer science researchers and software engineers. We collaborate with scientists world-wide, from many disciplines: Life Sciences, Biodiversity, Astronomy, Chemistry, Health informatics, Social Science and Digital Libraries.

2010 co-founded the Software Sustainability Institute; 2014 deputy director EU ESFRI ELIXIR UK Node

Awards: 2008 Microsoft Research Jim Gray e-Science Award; 2002 Sun Microsystems Award Significant Achievements in Advancing Life Science Computing.

Research interests

Carole Goble’s research is on knowledge and information management, distributed information systems and interoperability of applications and new ways of doing in silico science, scientific publication and curation.

She is a leader of the UK’s e-Science programme, working for over a decade on information solutions for scientists, in particular Clinicians and Life Scientists. She co-directs Manchester's e-Science Centre and is a principle investigator of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute-UK.

Her main objective is to enable Scientists and Citizens to better  access, find and link their information and their resources. Her Scientific collaborations have recently focused on Systems Biology and e-Laboratories for health.

She is well known for her work on semantic technologies, metadata, ontologies, workflow management systems, Virtual Research Environments for groups of scientists and semantically enabled middleware and curation. She has also worked on hypermedia and web accessibility.

Workflow Management Systems (WfMS): as director of the myGrid project she has developed the highly popular and widely used Taverna Workflow Workbench . Her research into WfMS includes: provenance management; workflow reuse and repurposing; and semantic-based service discovery and composition.

Virtual Research Environments: Carole is developing the myExperiment social networking and collaboration platform for workflow using e-Scientists. Her research interests include: new ways of publishing scientific results of all kinds; mass curation;  and the analysis of social interaction to better support workflow exchange and development and improve Scientific practices.

Carole works on Grid and Web middleware. In particular she is interested in the use of Web 2.0 technologies for distributed information management, and enabling middleware to be easier to use and deploy. 

 The Semantic Web is the enrichment of the Web with metadata such that it can be more readily processed  by machines as well as people. Carole works on the use of Semantic Web techniques for representing ontologies in Science; applying semantic web approaches to data integration and management, workflow systems, and resource discovery. She developed one of the first ontologies for describing real Web services and the TAMBIS ontology mediated integration system for bioinformatics. She pioneered the use of ontologies to dynamically author hypermedia links in the COHSE system.

The Semantic Grid is the enrichment of the Grid and Grid applications with explicit metadata such that it can be more readily processed and shared amongst applications. Carole is a pioneer of the Semantic Grid. She proposed the first Reference Architecture for the Semantic Grid, S-OGSA.

Carole is also interested in social commentary on how scientists and technologists work together. She has given very popular talks on these topics including the likening of knowledge representation specialists and biologists to the Montagues and Capulets; and highlighting the Seven Deadly Sins of bioinformatics. She is currently developing the idea of the Selfish Scientist.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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