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Dr David Morse

Profile summary

Professional biography

Director of Teaching, School of Computing and Communications

Senior lecturer

Research interests

My primary research interest is in biodiversity informatics, specifically in information extraction from the legacy scientific literature. The research challenges that I am investigating through these projects include:

  • Big data - the source data is the biodiversity literature. The legacy print literature in this domain has been estimated to run to 300 million pages.
  • Noisy data - Optical Character Recognition (OCR) errors introduced during the scanning process means that up to two thirds of named entities (e.g. scientific names) are rendered incorrectly; simple spell checking or look up against an authority is not sufficient to address this problem, so the context of use is very important.
  • Disambiguation - taxonomic nomenclature calls for unique names only within Kingdoms, hence there is a bacteria genus 'Bacillus' and an insect genus 'Bacillus' that need to be distinguished.
  • Domain specific terminology - the literature makes extensive use of terse language, abbreviations and special characters such as male ♂ and female ♀, and also mixes Latin formal descriptions with vernacular text. 


I am involved in the BBSRC-funded SysMIC project (Systems Training in Maths, Informatics and Computational Biology;, which has developed and is presenting distance learning courses in the fundamentals of systems biology. The project is a consortium of UCL, Birkbeck, Edinburgh and the Open University.

Teaching interests

I have worked on a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At postgraduate level, these have included M815 and M865, both of which were on project management. At undergraduate level I have worked on the Java modules M254 Java Everywhere and M257 Putting Java to Work; and the interfaculty module on the environment, U216. At level 1, I have worked on the introductory computing modules M150 Data, computing and information, TU100 My digital life, and TM112 Introduction to Computing and Information Technology 2.

Virtual Team Working

I have chaired modules on virtual team-working and co-authored others, including M258 IT Project and Service Management, M253 Team Working in a Distributed Environment. and M891 Collaboration in virtual project teams.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)CentreFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


Smart Cities and M3: Rapid Research, Meaningful Metrics and Co-Design (2018-02)
Bell, Simon; Benatti, Francesca; Edwards, Neil R.; Laney, Robin; Morse, David R.; Piccolo, Lara and Zanetti, Oliver
Systemic Practice and Action Research, 31(1) (pp. 27-53)

Community engagement: The ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures (2016-07-20)
Koureas, Dimitrios; Arvanitidis, Christos; Belbin, Lee; Berendsohn, Walter G.; Damgaard, Christian; Groom, Quentin John; Güntsch, Anton; Hagedorn, Gregor; Hardisty, Alex; Hobern, Donald; Marcer, Arnald; Mietchen, Daniel; Morse, David R.; Obst, Matthias; Penev, Lyubomir; Pettersson, Lars B.; Sierra, Soraya; Smith, Vincent Stuart and Vos, Rutger Aldo
Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2, Article e9933

Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (BioUnify) (2016-01-19)
Koureas, Dimitrios; Hardisty, Alex; Vos, Rutger Aldo; Agosti, Donat; Arvanitidis, Christos; Bogatencov, Peter; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; de Jong, Yde; Horvath, Ferenc; Gkoutos, Georgios; Groom, Quentin John; Kliment, Tomas; Kõljalg, Urmas; Manakos, Ioannis; Marcer, Arnald; Marhold, Karol; Morse, David; Mergen, Patricia; Penev, Lyubomir; Pettersson, Lars B.; Svenning, Jens-Christian; van de Putte, Anton and Smith, Vincent Stuart
Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2

A decadal view of biodiversity informatics: challenges and priorities (2013-04-15)
Hardisty, Alex; Roberts, Dave; The Biodiversity Informatics Community, ; King, David and Morse, David
BMC Ecology, 13, Article 16(1)

Towards the bibliography of life (2011-11-27)
King, David; Morse, David R.; Willis, Alistair and Dil, Anton
ZooKeys, 150 (pp. 151-166)

XML schemas and mark-up practices of taxonomic literature (2011-11-27)
Penev, Lyubomir; Lyal, Christopher H. C.; Weitzman, Anna; Morse, David R.; King, David; Sautter, Guido; Georgiev, Teodor; Morris, Robert A.; Catapano, Terry and Agosti, Donat
ZooKeys, 150 (pp. 89-116)

Supporting distributed team working in 3D virtual worlds: A case study in Second Life (2010-12)
Minocha, Shailey and Morse, David
Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 7(4) (pp. 200-219)

Exploiting connectedness in the informatics curriculum (2007-07)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences, 6(3) (pp. 27-46)

Rough Set Approximation as formal concept (2006-09)
Ytow, Nozomi; Morse, David R. and Roberts, David McL.
Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics, 10(5) (pp. 606-611)

AudioGPS: Spatial audio navigation with a minimal attention interface (2002-09)
Holland, Simon; Morse, David R. and Gedenryd, Henrik
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 6(4) (pp. 253-259)

Nomencurator: a nomenclatural history model to handle multiple taxonomic views (2001-05-01)
Ytow, Nozomi; Morse, David R. and Roberts, David McL.
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 73(1) (pp. 81-98)

Situated Interaction and Context-Aware Computing (2001-02)
Dey, Anind K.; Kortuem, Gerd; Morse, David R. and Schmidt, Albrecht
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 5(1) (pp. 1-3)

Using while moving: HCI issues in fieldwork environments (2000-09)
Pascoe, Jason; Ryan, Nick and Morse, David
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 7(3) (pp. 417-437)

3D virtual worlds in higher education (2011-08)
Rapanotti, Lucia; Minocha, Shailey; Barroca, Leonor; Boulos, Maged N. Kamel and Morse, David R.
In: Olofsson, Anders D. and Lindberg, J. Ola eds. Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching (pp. 212-240)
ISBN : 978-1-61350-080-4 | Publisher : IGI Global

Direct combination: a new user interaction principle for mobile and ubiquitous HCI (2002-09-18)
Holland, S.; Morse, D.R. and Gedenryd, H.
In: Paterno, Fabio ed. Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2411) (pp. 108-122)
ISBN : 3540441891 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Berlin

Including IT service management in the Computing curriculum: a caricature approach. (2018-01-11)
Bowers, David and Morse, David
In : Computing Education Practice (11-12 Jan 2018, University of Durham)

Finding agriculture among biodiversity: metadata in practice (2014-11)
Bromley, Jane M.; King, David and Morse, David R.
In : 8th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2014) (27-29 Nov 2014, Karlsruhe) (pp. 185-192)

Document mark-up for different users and purposes (2013-11)
King, David and Morse, David
In : 7th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (19-22 Nov 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece) (pp. 355-360)

Bibliography of Life: comprehensive services for biodiversity bibliographic references (2013-10)
King, David and Morse, David
In : TDWG 2013 (27 Oct - 1 Nov 2013, Florence, Italy)

agINFRA - where agriculture, biodiversity and information technology meet (2013-10)
Morse, David; Bromley, Jane and King, David
In : TDWG 2013 (27 Oct - 1 Nov 2013, Florence, Italy)

ComTax: community-driven curation for taxonomic databases (2013-10)
Morse, David; Yang, Hui; Willis, Alistair; De Roeck, Anne and King, David
In : TDWG 2013 (27 Oct - 1 Nov 2013, Florence, Italy)

Literature-driven Curation for Taxonomic Name Databases (2013-09-12)
Yang, Hui; Willis, Alistair; Morse, David and De Roeck, Anne
In : The Second Semantic Web and Information Extraction Workshop (SWAIE'13) (12 Sep 2013, Hissa, Bulgaria)

The wider landscape (2013-09-06)
Morse, David and King, David
In : Bibliographies in a changing landscape (3-6 Sep 2013, CNR and La Sapienza, Rome, Italy)

Bibliography of Life: a freely accessible bibliography of every taxonomic paper ever published (2013-09)
King, David and Morse, David
In : Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013 (3-6 Sep 2013, CNR & La Sapienza, Rome, Italy)

Literature mining and markup using OBOE: ViBRANT’s text processing tools (2013-06-11)
Morse, David and King, David
In : ViBRANT tools for the DNA taxonomist (11 Jun 2013, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium)

One document, many users: what happens when you re-purpose a document? (2013-04)
King, David; Morse, David and Lyal, Chris
In : BioCuration 2013 (07-10 Apr 2013, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK)

Curation tools for taxonomic databases (2013-04)
Morse, David; De Roeck, Anne; Willis, Alistair and Yang, Hui
In : BioCuration 2013 (Su ay 7 Apr to Wednesday 10 April 2013, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK)

Towards a universal bibliography – the RefBank approach (2012-10)
Sautter, Guido; King, David and Morse, David
In : TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards) 2012 (22-26 Oct 2012, Beijing, PRC)

Community web sites: small pieces loosely joined (2010-10)
Roberts, Dave; King, David; Rycroft, Simon; Morse, David; Penev, Lyubomir; Agosti, Donat and Smith, Vince
In : 4th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (20-22 Oct 2010, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain)

From XML to XML: The why and how of making the biodiversity literature accessible to researchers (2010-05-19)
Willis, Alistair; King, David; Morse, David; Dil, Anton; Lyal, Chris and Roberts, David
In : Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) (19-21 May 2010, Malta) (pp. 1237-1244)

Improving search in scanned documents: Looking for OCR mismatches (2009-09)
Willis, Alistair; Morse, David; Dil, Anton; King, David; Roberts, Dave and Lyal, Chris
In : Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries 2009: ICSD - International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web (8 Sep 2009, Trento, Italy)

C is for collaboration: A Developmental Perspective (2008-04)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : IADIS International Conference e-Society 2008 (Apr 2008, Algarve, Portugal)

Online collaborative activities: the developmental dimension (2008)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : 1st Emerging Technologies for Online Learning (ET4OL) International Symposium (7-9 May 2008, Carefree, Arizona)

Designing courses to develop online teamworking skills: a helical model (2007-11)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : Informatics Education Europe II (29-30 Nov 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Learning about online collaboration: pedagogical perspectives (2007)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : ISSOTL 2007: Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2-5 Jul 2007, Sydney, Australia)

Developing Online Team Skills (2006-09)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : 3rd E-learning Conference - Computer Science Education (7-8 Sep 2006, Coimbra, Portugal)

Exploiting Connectedness in the IS Curriculum (2006)
Oldfield, Stanley J. and Morse, David R.
In : Informatics Education Europe (Nov 2006, Montpellier, France)

Truly virtual teams: (team) work-in-progress (2005)
Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David
In : The 6th Annual Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information and Computer Science Conference (30 Aug - 1 Sep 2005, York, UK)

Comparison of multiple taxonomic hierarchies using TaxoNote (2003-10)
Morse, David R.; Ytow, Nozomi; Roberts, David McL. and Sato, Akira
In : IEEE Symposium on Information Visualisation (19-21 Oct 2003, Seattle, USA)

Applying Direct Combination to afford spontaneity in Pervasive Computing (2002)
Holland, Simon; Gedenryd, Henrik and Morse, David
In : Workshop on Supporting Spontaneous Interaction in Ubiquitous Computing Settings (29 Sep - 1 Oct 2002, Gothenburg, Sweden)

AudioGPS: spatial audio in a minimal attention interface (2001-09)
Holland, Simon and Morse, David R.
In : Third International Workshop on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices (10 Sep 2001, Lille, France)

Liberate your historic data with The Open University (2013-09)
Morse, David and King, David
Open University

ABLE Corpus (2010-02-22)
Willis, Alistair; King, David; Morse, David; Dil, Anton; Lyal, Chris and Roberts, Dave
The Open University

ABLE Software (2010-02-22)
King, David; Willis, Alistair; Dil, Anton and Morse, David
The Open University