Martin's academic background is in English Literature and Information Technology, and before joining the University of Edinburgh he was Technology Assessor and Tutor/Lecturer at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow.
His main curation focus is on data management planning and policy. He wrote an early book chapter on data management planning in 2012 (Pryor ed., Managing Research Data, London: Facet), and was co-author of the DCC's original "Checklist for a Data Management Plan". He conceived and project managed the first three iterations of the DCC's DMPonline tool, and has presented about it in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and various European countries. He also represents the DCC's Edinburgh contingent on the EC-funded FOSTER project, delivering training in-person and virtually across Europe, and coordinates the DCC's consultancy activities.
Externally, Martin currently serves as an external expert reviewer for European Commission Data Management Plans, and sits on the Digital Preservation Coalition's Communications and Advocacy sub-committee. He was previously a founder member of the steering group of the US DMPTool, sat on Databib's Advisory Board (since merged with re3data), and acted as Secretary to the UK CODATA national committee.
An erstwhile HE administrator, Martin has also served as Policy Officer at the University of Glasgow and as Quality Officer (Strategic Development) at Edinburgh College of Art, and as such retains an interest in the interlinking of research and administrative information systems, and in holistic approaches to different kinds of research outputs. Also interested in arts and humanities data, government data and policy, and literary and cultural theory.