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Ian Harvey

Job Title: Research Associate

Institution: Cardiff University



Continuing development of the WISERD DataPortal, and release of v2.


Previously worked within Cardiff University Computer Science Department

SHIWA project (2010-2012)

  • Primarily working on the Triana workflow engine, as well as development of the IWIR workflow representation, and integration of the IWIR conversion toolkit within Triana.
  • Development of the SHIWADesktop workflow bundling component and integration of SHIWADesktop within Triana.
  • Development of the TrianaCloud framework, allowing execution of Triana workflows within a Cloud computing environment.
  • Additionally integrated the STAMPEDE logging framework to Triana, facilitating logging of workflow executions within the TrianaCloud infrastructure.
  • Primarily these developments were implemented in the Java programming language, with some Python web-services.

i4Life project (late 2012)

  • Aided the development of the i4Life Cross-mapping tools, looking for name matches in different taxonomic checklists.
  • Primarily these developments utilised the PHP language, the SMARTY PHP template engine, and HTML.

Research Interests

Research interests include interoperability of experimental and production data and computing resources, utilising scalable computing infrastructures such as Cloud and Grid Computing environments, and development of tools useful to the research community.

Current Research

Currently working on the WISERD DataPortal.

The WISERD DataPortal is an online Geographic Information System (GIS) designed to enhance a researcher's ability to discover socio-economic research data relating to Wales, with the aim of encouraging collaborative research and re-use of existing data. The WISERD data portal provides map-based and text-based search tools for accessing a rich meta-database of government surveys (e.g. Living in Wales, Welsh Health Survey) and primary qualitative WISERD research (e.g. interview transcripts) and is expanding constantly.

Development has involved converting the code-base to PHP, utilising the Yii PHP Framework. Also using JavaScript and HTML.


Details of publications may be found here.



Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.