Dr Marina Jirotka
Marina Jirotka is a University Lecturer in Requirements, Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford.
Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering, Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Fellow of St Cross College. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction.
Early on in her career she developed the use of video-based ethnographic research for use in Requirements Engineering. This work was done in collaboration with BT and helped solve problems for City of London trading rooms, service centres and control rooms. Over her research career, she has developed close relationships with an extensive network of companies including those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, such as BT Healthcare and Health Direct; in Government, NHS and DSTL; in IT, Microsoft and IBM; in Finance, Societe Generale and Barclays; and in Consultancy, McKinsey and KorteQ.
From 2003, her research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship eScience project, eDiaMoND, she became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally. She has led research projects into: understanding the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments; investigating usability and project management issues in eResearch projects EPSRC Embedding e-Science Applications: Designing and Managing for Usability; and understanding the social shaping of eResearch infrastructure and disciplinary concerns. ESRC Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses to Emerging e-Research Infrastructure, Policies and Practices.
In 2006 she became a James Martin Research Fellow and was seconded to the Oxford eResearch Centre. In 2007 she was awarded an ESRC/SSRC visiting fellowship to UCLA, and PARC to develop a systematic understanding of data sharing to inform design of eResearch systems.
Most recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, her investigations have focussed on the Digital Economy. In 2007 she secured a doctoral studentship with KorteQ, a knowledge management company, to develop approaches to understanding how tacit knowledge is captured and communicated in organisations. This work has focussed on understanding the swork of an architects practice to inform the design of technologies to support their work. She has been involved in determining the research agenda on two Digital Economy clusters: one that investigated the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, and explored how we can develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy (IMDE); and a second that explored the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet.
Positions held at the OII
- Research Associate, March 2006 -
September 2010 - July 2011
Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.
February - November 2010
Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?
April 2006 - March 2009
The 'embedding e-science applications' project addressed the difficulty of managing requirements for usability in e-science projects, and developing collaborative approaches to system development that allow for communication of these requirements.
October 2005 - March 2012
The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.
October 2005 - April 2009
The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.
- Carusi, A. and Jirotka, M. (2009) From data archive to ethical labyrinth. Qualitative Research 9 (3) 285-298.
- D'Agostino, Hinds, Jirotka, M., Meyer, E.M., Piper, T., Rahman, and Vaver (2008) On the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for e-Science and the Integrated Health Record. Health Informatics Journal 14 (2) 95-111.
- Welsh, E., Jirotka, M. and Gavaghan, D. (2006) Post-genomic science: cross-disciplinary and large-scale collaborative research and its organizational and technological challenges for the scientific research process. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 364 (1843) 1533-1549.
- Geddes, J., Mackay, C., Lloyd, S., Simpson, A., Power, D., Russell, D., Jirotka, M., Katzarova, M., Rossor, M., Fox, N., Fletcher, J., Hill, D., McLeish, K., Chen, Y., Hajnal, J.V., Lawrie, S., Job, D., McIntosh, A., Wardlaw, J., Sandercock, P., Palmer, J., Perry, D., Procter, R., Ure, J., Hartswood, M., Slack, R., Voss, A., Ho, K., Bath, P., Clarke, W. and Watson, G. (2006) Designing for e-Health: recurring scenarios in developing grid-based medical imaging systems. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 120: 336-347.
- de la Flor, G., Lloyd, S., Jirotka, M., and Warr, A. (2007) Designing software in support of workplace activities - embedding e-science applications. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
- Carusi, A. and Jirotka, M. (2008) Parameters and visions: dataflows in computational and mathematical biology. eResearch08 Conference, University of Oxford, 11-13 September 2008.
- Darch, P., Carusi, A. and Jirotka, M. (2008) A climate of trust: perceptions of legitimate authority in a volunteer computing project. eResearch08 Conference, University of Oxford, 11-13 September 2008.
- Rahman, M., Jirotka, M. and Dutton, W. (2008) Lost in Reality - The Case for Virtual Safe Settings. 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 8-19 June 2008.
- Voss, A., Mascord, M., Arguello Casteleiro, M., Asgari-Targhi, M., Procter, R., Fraser, M., Jirotka, M., Halfpenny, P., Fergusson, D., Atkinson, M., Dunn, S., Blanke, T., Hughes, L. and Anderson, S. (2007) e-Infrastructure Development and Community Engagement. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
- Carusi, A. and Jirotka, M. (2007) From data archive to ethical labyrinth. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
- Daw, M., Procter, R., Lin, Y., Hewitt, T., Jie, W., Voss, A., Baird, K., Turner, A., Birkin, M., Miller, K., Dutton, W., Jirotka, M., Schroeder, R., de la Flor, G., Edwards, P., Allan, R., Yang, X. and Crouchley, R. (2007) Developing an e-Infrastructure for Social Science. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
- Carusi, A. and Jirotka, M. (2006) Building Virtual Research Environments and User Engagement. NCeSS Second International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 28-30 June 2006.
- Bulger, M., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K. and Madsen, C. (2011) Reinventing research? Information practices in the humanities. A report of the Research Information Network (RIN), April 2011.
- Carusi, A., Jirotka, M. and Parker, M. (2006) Trust and Ethics in e-Science: Agenda Setting Workshop Report. Trust and Ethics in e-Science: Agenda-Setting Workshop, St Cross College, University of Oxford, 11 September 2006.
22 May 2006 Oxford Internet Institute
Dr Marina Jirotka, a principal investigator on the OII's Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) Project, has won an ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship to conduct field work and interviews in the United States