My name is Niall and I am a Computer Scientist. I graduated from the University of Manchester with an MEng in Computer Science in 2013. Since then I have been working with the eScience Lab (also at the University of Manchester) developing software tools and platforms in academia. Check out my various works and bios:

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My CV is embarassingly out of date and I'll be updating it shortly. You're best off using the above.

I'm currently managing the TeSS project which is a website that aggregates Life science training resources -- with a few extra bells and whistles added on to improve user experience such as training workflows and packaging.

Aggregation through HTML scraping is far too much like hard-work for my liking, so I've been heavily involved in trying to get people to make my life easier by structuring their web content. I've achieved some success here by developing for the Life sciences with Bioschemas. The Bioschemas group make suggestions to to make their vocabularies useful for Life scientists. Life scientists can then annotate their training materials, datasets, events, profiles etc in a really simple way which will give them an SEO boost, and make aggregation by TeSS so much easier.

Before TeSS I worked on The BioCatalogue and its sister site The Biodiversity Catalogue. This is a catalogue of biological web services that aims to help users find useful web services and figure out how to use them. The web service landscape has always been horribly chaotic due to its distributed nature. These days I encourage people to conform a little bit by documenting using Swagger.

Other things I've done include the Pretentious-O-Meter which determines whether a film is pretentious or not based on the difference between critic and public ratings. It did alright with over half a million visitors to the site (largely thanks to Reddit popularity).

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Outside of the computer science world I'm into music, travelling, board games, running, eating, and film.

Niall Beard MEng


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