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Dr David Morse

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Computing & Communications
  • david.morse

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 Activity

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