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 a 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 also conceived and project managed the first three iterations of the DCC's DMPonline tool, and has presented about this in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy and Belgium.
Externally, Martin was a founder member of the steering group of the US DMPTool, sits on the Advisory Board for Databib, and acts as Secretary to the UK CODATA national committee. He also represents the DCC's Edinburgh contingent on the EC-funded FOSTER project, and heads up the DCC's consultancy activities.
An erstwhile HE administrator, Martin previously served as Policy Officer at the University of Glasgow and as Quality Officer (Strategic Development) at Edinburgh College of Art, and as such is interested in the interlinking of research and administrative information systems. Also interested in arts and humanities data management, government data/policy, and literary and cultural theory.