Researchers at UCD


Judith Wusteman

School of Information & Library Studies
Room 110



Judith Wusteman's research interests are in qualitative user requirements analysis and usability evaluation of information systems, documentation methods for user requirements and usability evaluation, information architecture, digital libraries, XML and text encoding for digitisation. She has been involved in various digital library projects and has provided usability evaluation, SGML and XML consultancy for ejournal, encyclopedia and digital library systems. Judith was Principal Investigator on the Science Foundation Ireland project "OJAX++: A Next-Generation Collaborative Research Tool".For further details, see the OJAX++ website. Judith joined the staff at the School of Information and Library Studies at UCD in September 1997 after seven years as a lecturer in computer science at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Before that, she completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Exeter. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: Using Peer e-Mentoring to support Stage One Undergraduates
Year: 2007.
Title: OJAX++: A Next-Generation Collaborative Research Tool, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), 135,000 euro. September 2007 - December 2010.
Year: 1998.
Title: President's Award 1998
Year: 1997.
Title: INTENTS (INTElligent Navigation Tools), Forbairt Advanced Software Technologies Initiative
Year: 1997.
Title: Replacement teaching grant, Industrial Secondment Scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)
Year: 1995.
Title: FIGIT Electronic Libraries Infobike project

Conference Contributions

Wusteman, J. (2013) Programme Committee Member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], iConference 2013, Fort Worth, Texas, USA , 12-FEB-13 - 15-FEB-13.
Wusteman, J. (2012) Programme Committee Member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], iHCI 2012, Galway , 20-JUN-12 - 21-JUN-12.
Wusteman,J. (2012) Web Skills for Information Architects. [Invited Lecture], ARCHITECTURE DE L'INFORMATION, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon) , 19-NOV-12 - 20-NOV-12.
Wusteman, J.; (2011) Program committee member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], iHCI 2011, Cork , 08-OCT-11 - 09-SEP-11.
Wusteman,J.; (2010) Virtual Research Environments: The Future of Digital Heritage. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Second Universitas 21 Digital Humanities conference, University of Birmingham , 15-SEP-10 - 17-SEP-10.
Wusteman,J.; (2010) OJAX++: Virtual Research Environment. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Industry Focused SFI/ISIN Showcase in SFI Funded Software Research, Burlington Hotel, Dublin , 19-OCT-10 - 19-OCT-10.
Wusteman, J; (2010) Programme committee member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Irish HCI 2010 conference, Dublin , 02-SEP-10 - 03-SEP-10.
Wusteman, J; (2009) Programme committee member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Irish HCI 2009 conference, Dublin , 17-SEP-09 - 18-SEP-09.
Wusteman, J; (2009) Virtual Research Environments and the Librarian. [Invited Lecture], Digital Libraries à la Carte 2009, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, , 28-JUL-09 - 05-AUG-09.
Wusteman, J; (2009) Techniques for developing usable VREs. [Invited Lecture], The Influence and Impact of Web 2.0 on e-Research Infrastructure, Applications and Users, e-Science Institute, Edinburgh , 23-MAR-09 - 27-MAR-09.
Wusteman, J ; (2007) OJAX: Web 2.0 Search (poster),. [Poster Presentation], Inaugural International Colloquium on University Teaching and Learning: Communities of Practice in the Digital Age,, UCD Dublin , 12-JUN-07 - 12-JUN-07.
Wusteman, J.; (2007) OJAX: Web 2.0 Federated Search. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Digital Libraries Summit, DERI, NUI Galway , 20-APR-07.
Wusteman, J.; (2007) OJAX: A Web 2.0 Search user Interface. [Invited Oral Presentation], LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries Annual Seminar, Trinity College Dublin , 29-MAR-07.
Wusteman, J.; (2006) OJAX: Facilitating dynamic access to repository metadata. [Invited Oral Presentation], 1st European Workshop on the use of Digital Object Repository Systems in Digital Libraries (DORSDL) in conjunction with the 10th European Conference On Research And Advanced Technology For Digital Libraries (ECDL), Alicante, Spain , 01-SEP-06.
Wusteman, J.; (2002) XML and Digital Libraries,. [N/A], UCD Dept of Library and Information Studies 25th Anniversary Conference, 11 October 2002, Dublin, Dublin , 11-OCT-02.
Wusteman, J.; (2001) An Introduction to Markup Languages. [N/A], Wiring Memory: Cultural Heritage On-line, 13-14 September 2001, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, University College Dublin , 13-SEP-01 - 14-SEP-01.
Wusteman, J.; (2001) XML: The Nuts and Bolts,. [Conference Organising Committee Member], XML: The Nuts and Bolts, 3 day workshop held in Dept of Computer Science, UCD, 23-25 May 2001 and repeated 12-14 December 2001. Organised by CoSEI and co-presented with S. Schreibman. These workshops were aimed at researchers involved in or considering digitisation projects, UCD , 12-DEC-01 - 14-DEC-01.
Wusteman, J; (2000) Recent Developments in Electronic Library Formats. [Oral Presentation], UKSG '00 (UK Serials Group) conference, Keele University , 10-APR-00 - 12-APR-00.
Wusteman, J.; (2000) An Introduction to XML and SGML. [N/A], Pre-colloquium workshop at What's all the hype in hypertext about?, March 2000, CoSEI , University College Dublin. Aimed at researchers developing cultural Web sites. Also chaired sessions in colloquium, University College Dublin , 10-MAR-00 - 11-MAR-00.
Wusteman, J; (1998) Programme committee member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], SOFSEM'98 (25th Annual Seminar on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Informatics), Slovakia , 01-JAN-98 - 31-DEC-98.
Wusteman, J.; (1998) A Beginner's Guide to Electronic Library Formats. [N/A], UKSG '98 conference, Exeter, Exeter , 30-MAR-98 - 01-APR-98.
Wusteman, J. (co-author: S. Schreibman),; (1998) Letters, Browsers, the Bug, and the Irishman,. [National Refereed Conference Paper], DRH '98 (Digital Resources in the Humanities), University of Glasgow , 10-SEP-98 - 12-SEP-98.
Wusteman, J.; (1997) The Evolving Use of SGML in Electronic Journals'',. [N/A], Electronic Publishing '97: New Models and Opportunities (ICCC/IFIP), UKC 14-16 April 1997. Proceedings published by Chapman and Hall, * , 14-APR-97 - 16-APR-97.
Wusteman, J; (1997) Organised and chaired BCS day seminar. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Programming the World-Wide Web, London , 01-FEB-97 - 01-FEB-97.
Wusteman, J; (1997) Mmeber of Programme Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], ICCC/IFIP Electronic Publishing Conferences, Budapest & Canterbury , 01-JAN-97 - 31-DEC-98.
Wusteman, J.; (1996) SGML DTDs for Journals''. [N/A], Invited lecture to publishers organised by BH Blackwells, Oxford, Oxford , 01-SEP-96 - 01-SEP-96.
Wusteman, J.; (1996) Innovations in Online Journal Publishing''. [N/A], Co-organised and chaired BCS day seminar: Innovations in Online Journal Publishing'', London , 26-NOV-96 - 26-NOV-96.
Wusteman, J.; (1996) Organised and chaired BCS day seminar. [Conference Technical Committee Chairperson], Access to E-space: Network Publishing Comes of age'',, Warwick , 01-MAR-96 - 01-MAR-96.
Wusteman, J.; (1995) Electronic Journals: What, How and Why?,. [N/A], Half-day pre-conference tutorial at Computer Graphics International '95, Leeds, Leeds , 25-JUN-95 - 30-JUN-95.
Wusteman, J. (co-author: H.Brown),; (1995) Electronic Journals Using Guide''. [National Refereed Conference Paper], 2nd International Conference on Electronic Library and Visual Information Research. (Proceedings published by Aslib, 1996.), De Montfort University , 02-MAY-95 - 04-MAY-95.


Committee : European Science Foundation, Peer reviewer May 2008-April 2011
Committee : Library Hi Tech Journal editorial board, 2003-2011 inc
Committee : OCLC Systems and Services: International Digital Library Perspectives Journal editorial board, 2002-2007
Committee : Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence (JETWI)
Committee : CoSEI (Computer Science and English Initiative)
Committee : British Computer Society Special Interest Group on Electronic Publishing, 1995-1997 inc


Employer: UCD Dublin
Position: Lecturer
Employer: University of Kent
Position: Lecturer


Year 1991 Institution: University of Exeter
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: University of Wales Cardiff
Qualification: BSc Subject:


Client: Nation, Genre and Gender: A Comparative Social Network Analysis of Irish and English Fiction, 1800-1922. User requirements and usabliity evaluation. July 2014, ongoing
Client: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae digitisation project, Dept of Early Irish, UCD. Markup consultant Jan 2001 - Dec 2004
Client: Thomas McGreevy Hypertext Archive project (CoSEI), Sept 1997-Dec 2001
Client: Academic Press. Consultancy and development of a DTD (Document Type Definition) for the Academic Press Encyclopaedia of Immunology. With F.C.Cole. 1997

Outreach Activities

On SFI "Speakers for Schools" register, 2009

Other Activities

Edited Special Issue of Library Hi Tech on "Virtual Research Environments: Issues and opportunities for librarians"  Volume 27 Issue 2, 2009.
Editor of special issue of OCLC Systems and Services Journal on "XML and Ejournals", vol 19, no 4 2003. [Current cites, Volume 14, no. 12, December 2003]
Library Hi Tech Journal columnist on XML (January 2003 - January 2005)
Collaboration with UCD's Irish Virtual Research Library & Archive (IVRLA) (2005-).
Summer 1997: Sabbatical at Oxford University's Humanities Computing Unit.
Beta-tester for the CAJUN (CD-ROM Acrobat Journals Using Networks) project, Nottingham University (1994).



Peer Reviewed Journals

Lyons, T. and Wusteman, J.; (2012) 'Evaluating the Case for a Virtual Research Environment for Researchers of Irish Composition'. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 15 (2):61-87. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Bracken,F., Earls,D., Madden,C., O'Leary,F., Ronan,S., Ward, C., Tolan,P., Wusteman,J. (2014) 'The potential use of online tools for scientific collaboration by biology researchers'. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 66 (1):13-37. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J (2013) 'Learning to Be an Information Architect'. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 54 (2). Link to full text [Details]
Jeffery, D. and Wusteman, J.; (2012) 'OJAX++: Demonstrating the next generation of Virtual Research Environments'. Electronic Library, 30 (1):134-145. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Lyons, T. and Wusteman, J.; (2012) 'Evaluating the Case for a Virtual Research Environment for Researchers of Irish Composition'. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 15 (2):61-87. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Hegarty, R and Wusteman, J. ; (2011) 'Evaluating EBSCO Host Mobile'. Library Hi Tech, 29 (2):320-333. [Details]
J. Wusteman; (2009) 'Editorial: Virtual Research Environments: Issues and opportunities for librarians'. Library Hi Tech, 27 (2):169-173. Available Online [Details]
J. Wusteman; (2009) 'OJAX: a case study in Agile Web 2.0 Open Source Development'. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 61 (3):212-231. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2008) 'Virtual Research Environments: What is the librarian's role?'. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 40 (2):67-70. Available Online [Details]
Mary L Robinson & Judith Wusteman; (2007) 'Putting Google Scholar to the test: a preliminary study'. Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 41 (1):71-80. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J. & O'hIceadha, P.; (2006) 'Using Ajax to Empower Dynamic Searching'. Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), 25 (2):57-64. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2006) 'Realising the Potential of Web Services'. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, 22 (1):5-9. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2005) 'From Ghostbusters to libraries: the Power of XUL'. Library Hi Tech, 23 (1). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J; (2004) 'Whither HTML?'. Library Hi Tech, 22 (1). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J; (2004) 'Patently ridiculous'. Library Hi Tech, 22 (2). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2004) 'RSS: The Latest Feed'. Library Hi Tech, 22 (4):404-413. Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2003) 'Web Forms: The Next Generation'. Library Hi Tech, 21 (3). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2003) 'XML to the desktop'. Library Hi Tech, 21 (2). [Details]
Wusteman, J; (2003) 'XML and ejournals, (editorial), OCLC Systems and Services Journal'. Oclc Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, 19 (4). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J; (2003) 'XML and Ejournals: The State of Play'. Library Hi Tech, 21 (1). Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.(co-author: S. Schreibman); (1998) 'The Thomas MacGreevy Hypertext Chronology: Digitising Irish Archives for the New Millennium CTI Centre for Textual Studies, Oxford University (April 1998)'. Computers and Texts, 16 . Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1997) 'Formats for the Electronic Library'' in Ariadne (Online version)'. Ariadne, 8 . Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1997) 'Book Review Project ELVYN: an Experiment in Electronic Journal Delivery. Facts, Figures and Findings''. Eds: Rowland,F., McKnight,C. and Meadows,J., Bowker Saur, 1995'. Program, 31 (1). [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1996) 'Electronic Journal Formats'''. Program, 30 (4). [Details]
Wusteman, J. (co-author: H. Brown); (1996) 'Electronic Journals using Acrobat, Mosaic and Guide in Proceedings of Digital Media and Electronic Publishing, BCS Conference, December 1994. (Proceedings published by Academic Press, 1996. Paper reprinted in New Review of Information Networking, Volume 1, 1995)'. New Review of Information Networking, 1 . [Details]
Wusteman, J. (co-author: D. Langford),; (1994) 'The Increasing Importance of Ethics in Computer Science'. Business Ethics: A European Review, 3 (4):219-222. [Details]
Wusteman, J. (co-author: D. Langford),; (1993) 'Ethics for Computer Science Students'. Computer Bulletin, 5 (2):22-23. [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1992) 'Explanation-based Learning: a survey'. Artificial Intelligence Review, 6 :243-262. [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1992) 'Explanation-based Learning as Justification of Knowledge'. Expert Systems, 6 (3):139-148. [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1992) 'The Implicit Limitations of Explanation-based Generalization'. Aibs Quarterly, 80 :40-46. [Details]

Other Journals

S. Healy & J. Wusteman; (2009) 'Evaluating the usability of the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive' An Leabharlann: The Irish Library 18 (2) :31-37. Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Wusteman, J; (1996) Electronic Journals Using Guide . In: Aslib eds. 2nd International Conference on Electronic Library and Visual Information Research [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (1997) The Evolving Use of SGML in Electronic Journals   Electronic Publishing '97: New Models and Opportunities (ICCC/IFIP)0 , UKC Chapman and Hall, [Details]


Wusteman, J; (1991) EBKAT: An Explanation-Based Knowledge Acquisition Tool''. University of Exeter: Dissertations/Theses [Details]


Connolly, N. and Wusteman, J.; (2011) Future Strategy for Irish Research, Development and Use of Virtual Research Environments. Reports Available Online [Details]


Wusteman, J. & O'hIceadha, P.; (2005) Development, with Padraig O'hIceadha, of OJAX, an Ajax-powered metasearch service. Version 0.7 now available. Media Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J. & Jeffery, D.; (2011) OJAX++ Virtual Research Environment. Media [Details]


Wusteman, J. (2014) Web Development Skills for Information Architects. Articles Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J.; (2011) New UCD Virtual Research Environment tool allows better e-research use of web. UCD News University magazine: Articles Available Online [Details]
Wusteman,J.; (2011) New Virtual Research Environment Recently Launched. DLib Magazine of Digital Library Research: Articles [Details]
Wusteman, J; (1995) 'The End of the Word is Nigh' or A Weekend of Soundbites. Articles Available Online [Details]
Wusteman, J; (1995) Where are the women?. Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Usability evaluation, Information Architecture, Virtual Research Environments, Web 2.0, digital libraries, XML, text encoding for digitisation.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : OJAX++: A Next Generation Collaborative Research Environment
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-07 / 28-FEB-11

Recent Postgraduates

  • Hannah Gleave
  • Dave Jeffery
  • Ashwin Kailasu
  • Jian Shen
  • Jing Chen (2nd supervisor)


Teaching Philosophy

Usability and usability evaluation, Web technologies, text encoding, digital libraries, virtual research environments, information architecture, digital humanities

Modules Coordinated

201400   IS30020     Information Studies: Web Publishing
201400   IS20100     Information Studies: Personal & Professional Dev
201400   IS30050     Information Studies: Information Architecture
201400   IS40370     Information Studies: Mgt for Info Professionals


Internal Collaborators

  • Dr Karen Wade (UCD Humanities Institute) 2014-
  • Dr Kevin McCarthy (School of Computer Science and Informatics) 2014
  • Dr Lorraine McGinty (School of Computer Science and Informatics) 2007-2011
  • Dr Claire McGuinness (School of Information and Libray Studies) 2010
  • John McDonough (IVRLA: Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive) 2005-2009
  • Professor Patricia Kelly (School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics) 
  • Dr Ronan Reilly, John Dunnion (School of Computer Science and Informatics)
  • Dr Susan Schreibman 1997-2001 (School of English, Drama and Film)

External Collaborators

  • Professor Susan Schreibman (U of Maynooth) 2014-
  • Padraig O'hIceadha (Gradient) 2005-2006