Richard has built and deployed repository systems for three large universities: the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bergen, and Imperial College London. He is an experienced software architect, is a core developer of the DSpace platform, and plays an active role in open standards development for repository and information systems such as the SWORD deposit protocol (of which he is the Technical Lead) and the Open Archives Initiative Object Re-use and Exchange standard for complex web-objects. He has written numerous academic articles on repository development and Open Access, as well as a book concentrating explicitly on Institutional Repositories.
Before joining Symplectic, Richard worked for Hewlett-Packard's research laboratory, Imperial College, and the universities of Bergen and Edinburgh. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he holds a degree in Astrophysics. His specialities are in software architecture and information representation and management.