Dr Clare Thornley

Innovation Value Institute (IVI)

Senior Research Fellow

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Biography

In September 2013 Clare took up the position of Research Fellow with the Innovation Value Institute.  Clare’s research interests include new ways of measuring research impact and its influence on policy and practice; information management for improved performance; knowledge management; information ethics and the philosophy of information.  Clare started her career working in the UK voluntary sector where she was information officer for The Volunteer Centre UK, a national centre for researching, collecting and disseminating best practice information and policy guidance on volunteering.  After her PhD she moved into an academic career and was a lecturer at University College Dublin and Dublin Business school where she taught on the MSc in Information and Library Management. She was principal investigator on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project examining the scholarly impact and technological innovations arising from international video retrieval benchmarking research (TRECVid). Her work on information ethics was a collaboration  the University of Strathclyde, the University of Canberra and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Australia examining the new ethical issues in policy and practice that emerging technologies are bringing to information science.  Just before joining IVI she had  completed a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with CIBER Research Ltd and the University of Tennessee on changing patterns of scholarly communication in light of the digital transition.


Research Interests

Knowledge Management
Information Ethics
Bibliometrics
Philosophy of Information

Books

  Year Publication
2015 The Information Technology Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) - The Body of Knowledge Guide.
Curley, M., Kenneally, J., Carcary, M., Doherty, E., Conway, G., Crowley, C., O'Brien, C., Thornley, C., Murnane, S. and Veling, L. (2015) The Information Technology Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) - The Body of Knowledge Guide. The Netherlands: Van Haren. [Details]
1995 Working with Volunteers: Personnel issues.
Thornley, C. (1995) Working with Volunteers: Personnel issues. London, UK: The Volunteer Centre UK. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Developing the capability to terminate IT projects when they can no longer deliver business value: A discussion of key insights from practitioners'
Thornley, C; Crowley, C. (2018) 'Developing the capability to terminate IT projects when they can no longer deliver business value: A discussion of key insights from practitioners'. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 11 (2):406-431 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'The role of ethics in developing professionalism within the global ICT community'
Thornley, C., Murnane, S., McLaughlin, S., Veling, L., Carcary, M., Doherty, E. (2018) 'The role of ethics in developing professionalism within the global ICT community'. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, 9 (4):56-71 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Beyond codes of ethics: How library and information professionals navigate ethical dilemmas in a complex and dynamic information environment'
Ferguson S.;Thornley C.;Gibb F. (2016) 'Beyond codes of ethics: How library and information professionals navigate ethical dilemmas in a complex and dynamic information environment'. International Journal of Information Management, 36 (4):543-556 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Changes in the digital scholarly environment and issues of trust: An exploratory, qualitative analysis'
Watkinson A.;Nicholas D.;Thornley C.;Herman E.;Jamali H.;Volentine R.;Allard S.;Levine K.;Tenopir C. (2016) 'Changes in the digital scholarly environment and issues of trust: An exploratory, qualitative analysis'. Information Processing and Management, 52 (3):446-458 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID implementation? A qualitative investigation into the decision-making processes of ten libraries'
Ferguson S.;Thornley C.;Gibb F. (2015) 'How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID implementation? A qualitative investigation into the decision-making processes of ten libraries'. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 47 (2):117-130 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Business innovation and differentiation - maturing the IT capability'
Carcary, M., Doherty, E., and Thornley, C. (2015) 'Business innovation and differentiation - maturing the IT capability'. IT Professional, 17 :46-53 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'The role of trust and authority in the citation behaviour of researchers'
Thornley, Clare; Watkinson, Anthony; Nicholas, David; Volentine, Rachel; Jamali, Hamid R; Herman, Eti;;Allard, Suzie; Levine, Kenneth ; Tenopir, Carol (2015) 'The role of trust and authority in the citation behaviour of researchers'. Information Research, 20 (3):1-17 [Details]
2012 'Information retrieval (IR) and the paradox of change: An analysis using the philosophy of Parmenides'
Thornley C. (2012) 'Information retrieval (IR) and the paradox of change: An analysis using the philosophy of Parmenides'. Journal of Documentation, 68 (3):402-422 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'The application of RFIDs in libraries: An assessment of technological, management and professional issues'
Gibb F.;Thornley C.;Ferguson S.;Weckert J. (2011) 'The application of RFIDs in libraries: An assessment of technological, management and professional issues'. International Journal of Information Management, 31 (3):244-251 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'A bibliometric study of Video Retrieval Evaluation Benchmarking (TRECVid): A methodological analysis'
Thornley C.;McLoughlin S.;Johnson A.;Smeaton A. (2011) 'A bibliometric study of Video Retrieval Evaluation Benchmarking (TRECVid): A methodological analysis'. Journal of Information Science, 37 (6):577-593 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Do RFIDs (radio frequency identifier devices) provide new ethical dilemmas for librarians and information professionals?'
Thornley C.;Ferguson S.;Weckert J.;Gibb F. (2011) 'Do RFIDs (radio frequency identifier devices) provide new ethical dilemmas for librarians and information professionals?'. International Journal of Information Management, 31 (6):546-555 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'The scholarly impact of TRECVid (2003-2009)'
Thornley C.;Johnson A.;Smeaton A.;Lee H. (2011) 'The scholarly impact of TRECVid (2003-2009)'. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62 (4):613-627 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Meaning in philosophy and meaning in information retrieval (IR)'
Thornley C.;Gibb F. (2009) 'Meaning in philosophy and meaning in information retrieval (IR)'. Journal of Documentation, 65 (1):133-150 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Dilemmas in information science (IS) and information retrieval (IR): Recurring challenges or new solutions?'
Thornley C. (2009) 'Dilemmas in information science (IS) and information retrieval (IR): Recurring challenges or new solutions?'. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Prespectives, 61 (3):323-330 [DOI] [Details]
2007 'A dialectical approach to information retrieval'
Thornley C.;Gibb F. (2007) 'A dialectical approach to information retrieval'. Journal of Documentation, 63 (5):755-764 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Subject librarians and VLEs in Irish universities : level of involvement, attitudes and challenges'
Zaliene, Laura; Thornley, Clare (2015) 'Subject librarians and VLEs in Irish universities : level of involvement, attitudes and challenges' An Leabharlann: The Irish Library, 24 (2) :4-9. [Details]
2013 'Rare books in Irish libraries : an investigation of current challenges in providing access to historical collections'
Parkes, David; Thornley, Clare (2013) 'Rare books in Irish libraries : an investigation of current challenges in providing access to historical collections' An Leabharlann: The Irish Library, 22 (1) :12-17. [Details]
2011 'The experience of Chinese students in Irish third level libraries: an investigation of current challenges and an analysis of possible solutions'
Mannion, David; Thornley, Clare V. (2011) 'The experience of Chinese students in Irish third level libraries: an investigation of current challenges and an analysis of possible solutions' An Leabharlann: the Irish Library, 20 (2) :19-27. [Details]
2010 ''With your unconstraining voice still persuade us to rejoice' : poetry promotion in public libraries'
Hegarty, Brian; Thornley, Clare V. (2010) ''With your unconstraining voice still persuade us to rejoice' : poetry promotion in public libraries' An Leabharlann: The Irish Library, 19 (2) :25-29. [Details]
1995 'Volunteering Information'
Thornley, C. (1995) 'Volunteering Information' Assignation (Aslib Social Sciences Information Group and Network), 12 (4) . [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'The impact of globalisation'
Thornley, C., Carcary, M., and Doherty, E. (2014) 'The impact of globalisation' In: The e-Skills Manifesto. Brussels: European Schoolnet (EUN Partnership AISBL). [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Teaching Information Retrieval Through Problem-Based Learning'
Thornley, C. (2011) 'Teaching Information Retrieval Through Problem-Based Learning' In: Efthimis Efthimiadis; Juan M. Fernández-Luna; Juan F. Huete ; Andrew MacFarlane (eds). Teaching and Learning in Information Retrieval. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
1994 'Volunteering across Europe'
Thornley, C. (1994) 'Volunteering across Europe' In: Horton, R. (eds). Volunteering Matters: Developments in volunteering 1992-1994. London, UK: The Volunteer Centre UK. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 CWA 16458-4:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 4: Case Studies.
Bryer, J., Thornley, C., Hook, T., Lau, F., Defina, R. and Scquizzato, R. (2018) CWA 16458-4:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 4: Case Studies. CEN, Brussels. [Details]
2018 CWA 16458-3:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 3: Methodology.
Bryer, J., Thornley, C., Hook, T., Lau, F., Defina, R. and Scquizzato, R, (2018) CWA 16458-3:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 3: Methodology. CEN, Brussels. [Details]
2018 CWA 16458-2:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 2: User Guide.
Bryer, J., Thornley, C., Hook, T., Lau, F., Defina, R. and Scquizzato, R (2018) CWA 16458-2:2018 European ICT Professional Role Profiles – Part 2: User Guide. CEN, Brussels. [Details]
2018 CWA 16458-1 .European ICT Professional Role Profiles-Part 1: 30 ICT Profiles.
Bryer, J., Thornley, C., Hook, T., Lau, F., Defina, R. and Scquizzato, R. (2018) CWA 16458-1 .European ICT Professional Role Profiles-Part 1: 30 ICT Profiles. CEN, Brussels. [Details]
2017 An Integrative Approach to Developing Organisational Capabilities and Individual Skills.
Murnane, S; Thornley, C (2017) An Integrative Approach to Developing Organisational Capabilities and Individual Skills. IVI White Paper Series, Maynooth. [IR Link] [Details]
2016 Digital Skills for SMEs: get inspired now!.
Jensen, Henrik Valentin; Tofalleti, Sebastiano; Thornley, Clare; Murnane, Sinéad. (2016) Digital Skills for SMEs: get inspired now!. European Commission, Brussels. [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 e-Skills: The International dimension and the Impact of Globalisation - Final Report.
McLaughlin, S., Sherry, M., Doherty, E., Carcary, M., Thornley, C., Wang, Y., Kolding, M., Cattaneo, G., Korte, W.B., Birov, S., Heusing, T., Steinbach, M., Fanning, F., Valdelin, E., Stoerk, M., and Krmek, M. (2014) e-Skills: The International dimension and the Impact of Globalisation - Final Report. European Commission, Brussels. [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Innovate Ireland Research & Innovation Conference.
Murnane, S; Thornley, C (2018) Innovate Ireland Research & Innovation Conference. [Invited Oral Presentation], Getting better at doing stuff: how maturity frameworks can help, City , 14-MAR-18 - 14-MAR-18 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 Knowledge Management in Academic Industry Collaborations: how to best foster Innovation Capability?
Clare Thornley, Shane McLoughlin, Kalpana Shankar (2019) Knowledge Management in Academic Industry Collaborations: how to best foster Innovation Capability? European Conference on Knowledge Management Lisbon, , 05-SEP-19 - 06-SEP-19 [Details]
2019 Maturity Models as a Tool for Benefits-Driven Change: A Qualitative Investigation of Ten Organizations
Thornley, C., Crowley, C. and Ashurst, C (2019) Maturity Models as a Tool for Benefits-Driven Change: A Qualitative Investigation of Ten Organizations UK Academy of Information Systems Conference Oxford, UK, , 09-APR-19 - 10-APR-19 [Details]
2019 Getting better value from IT: integrating organisational capability and skills frameworks
Thornley, C., Murnane, S., Streeter, R. and Seward, I. (2019) Getting better value from IT: integrating organisational capability and skills frameworks UK Academy of Information Systems Conference Oxford, , 09-APR-19 - 10-APR-19 [Details]
2018 How Has Gender Balance Evolved in Irish-Affiliated STEM-Related Research Over the Past 10 Years?
Lau, Janice; Mcloughlin,Shane; Thornley,Clare. (2018) How Has Gender Balance Evolved in Irish-Affiliated STEM-Related Research Over the Past 10 Years? PUBMET2018–The 5th conference on scholarly publishing in the context of open science Zadar, Croatia, , 20-SEP-18 - 21-SEP-18 , pp.78-79 [Details]
2018 Peer Review for Industry/Academic Research Collaborations/Projects: What Might We Need to Do Differently?
Mcloughlin, S., Thornley, C., Hughes, S. (2018) Peer Review for Industry/Academic Research Collaborations/Projects: What Might We Need to Do Differently? PUBMET2018–The 5th conference on scholarly publishing in the context of open science Zadar, Croatia, , 19-SEP-18 - 21-SEP-18 , pp.68-70 [Details]
2017 Getting better at Knowledge Management: integrating individual skills and organisational capability
Thornley, Clare; Carcary, Marian; Connolly,Niall; O’Duffy,Michael; Pierce,John (2017) Getting better at Knowledge Management: integrating individual skills and organisational capability European Conference on Knowledge Management Barcelona, Spain, , 07-SEP-17 - 08-SEP-17 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 Developing a maturity model for knowledge management (KM) in the digital age
Thornley, C., Carcary, M., Connolly, N., O'Duffy, M., and Pierce, J. (2016) Developing a maturity model for knowledge management (KM) in the digital age European Conference on Knowledge Management , 06-SEP-16 - 07-SEP-16 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 Building the Capability for Benefits Realisation: Leading with Benefits
Ashurst, C., Crowley, C. and Thornley, C. (2016) Building the Capability for Benefits Realisation: Leading with Benefits UK Academy of Information Systems [IR Link] [Details]
2016 Professional identity and ethical engagement in the international ICT community
Thornley, C; Murnane, S; Veling, L; McLaughlin, S; Carcary, M; Doherty, E (2016) Professional identity and ethical engagement in the international ICT community Irish Academy of Management Conference University College Dublin, [Details]
2015 Selecting a Suitable Methodology for Designing Innovative Solutions to Support Capability Improvement in a Complex Organisational Context as part of an Industry- Academic Collaboration
Veling, L; Thornley, C; Murnane, S; Browne, A; McQuillan, L (2015) Selecting a Suitable Methodology for Designing Innovative Solutions to Support Capability Improvement in a Complex Organisational Context as part of an Industry- Academic Collaboration Irish Academy of Management Conference [IR Link] [Details]
2014 When is it time to stop an IT project?
Crowley, C., Thornley, C. (2014) When is it time to stop an IT project? International Conference on Project Evaluation (ICOPEV) Portugal, [IR Link] [Details]
2008 Teaching information retrieval as a philosophical problem
Thornley, C. (2008) Teaching information retrieval as a philosophical problem Second International Workshop on Teaching and Learning of Information Retrieval London, UK, [Details]
1999 IR and the dialectic of meaning
Thornley, C. and Leon, R. (1999) IR and the dialectic of meaning 21st Colloquium of BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group Glasgow, Scotland, , 19-APR-99 - 20-APR-99 [Details]

Audiovisual material

  Year Publication
2018 Knowledge Management (KM) in the Digital Age,IVI Webinar Series.
Thornley, C (2018) Knowledge Management (KM) in the Digital Age,IVI Webinar Series. Audiovisual material [Details]
2017 Getting better at doing stuff: how maturity models can help.
Thornley, C and Murnane, S (2017) Getting better at doing stuff: how maturity models can help. Audiovisual material [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2018 Knowledge management – insights in the digital context.
Thornley, C. and Carcary, M. (2018) Knowledge management – insights in the digital context. Maynooth: Article [IR Link] [Details]
2018 Benefits assessment and realization – in the digital business context.
Crowley, C and Thornley, C. (2018) Benefits assessment and realization – in the digital business context. Article [Details]
2018 Enterprise Information Management: Managing data and information for business advantage.
Thornley, C and O'Brien, C. (2018) Enterprise Information Management: Managing data and information for business advantage. Article [Details]
2016 IT Capability Improvement - Research Brief.
Ashurst, C., Crowley, C. and Thornley, C. (2016) IT Capability Improvement - Research Brief. IVI Website: Article [IR Link] [Details]

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1991 The University of Edinburgh MA (Hons) Mental Philosophy
1997 University of Strathclyde MSc Information Management
2005 University of Strathclyde PhD Information Retrieval
2013 Open University Certificate Business Studies

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
CEN/TC 428 - ICT Professionalism and Digital competences Irish representative 2018 /

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Library Assocation of Ireland Commitee Member 01-SEP-08 /
Chartered Insitute of Library and Information Professionals Member 01-SEP-08 /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of The American Society For Information Science Reviewer
Information Research Reviewer
International Journal Of Information Management Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Current
Post –graduate at Maynooth University
MSc in IT Enabled Innovation

Previous
Post-graduate at University College Dublin
Developed and delivered new module on ‘advanced information retrieval’ for MSc Library and Information Studies.
Developed and delivered module components for ‘research methods’ module on ‘research ethics’ and ‘research policy’.

Post-graduate at Dublin Business School
Developed and delivered content for ‘strategic information management’, ‘information organisation’ and ‘information architecture’ modules for MSc in Library and Information Management.

Under-graduate at University College Dublin
Completely revised and delivered as a problem based learning module ‘information organisation and retrieval’. 

Professional training at The Volunteer Centre UK
Developed and delivered UK wide series of training courses on volunteer management and information management.