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Hello.

My name is Michal. I build online dictionaries and lexical databases. I design multilingual websites. I develop software for digital humanities.

I work as a technical consultant for Fiontar in Dublin City University and for the New English-Irish Dictionary Project in Foras na Gaeilge. I co-represent Ireland on the management committee of European Network of e-Lexicography. As if that wasn't enough, I am a PhD student at the Natural Language Processing Centre in Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

toolTHINGS I HAVE BUILT

FOR FIONTAR, DCU

  • National Terminology Database for Irish (téarma.ie, previously known as focal.ie)
    One of the largest lexical databases in the world, serving up to a million searches every month.
  • Placenames Database of Ireland (logainm.ie)
    An authoritative source for the placenames of Ireland, in Irish and English.
  • Irish Biographies (ainm.ie)
    Lives of people associated with the Irish language from 1560 to present day.
  • National Folklore Collection of Ireland (duchas.ie)
    A digitization of one of the largest folklore archives in the world.
  • Gaois (gaois.ie)
    A collection of language resources from Fiontar, DCU.

FOR FORAS NA GAEILGE

  • Dictionary and Language Library (teanglann.ie)
    A portal containing several Irish dictionaries and lexical databases, both retro-digitised and new.

FOR OIDEAS GAEL

  • Beo! (beo.ie)
    Online magazine for speakers of Irish everywhere in the universe.
  • Oideas Gael (oideasgael.ie)
    The corporation's corporate website.

FOR COIS LIFE

  • Seanfhocla Chonnacht [Proverbs of Connacht] (CD-ROM)
    New edition of a popular collection of proverbs.
  • Fuaimeanna na Gaeilge [Sounds of Irish] (fuaimeanna.ie)
    A catalogue of the sound system of Irish.

WITH FRIENDS

  • Votomatic (votomatic.ie)
    Ireland's voter advice application since 2011.
  • Intergaelic (intergaelic.com)
    A dictionary and machine translation system between Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx.
  • Terminologue (terminologue.com)
    A multilingual dictionary of terminology in Arabic, French and English.

PERSONAL PET PROJECTS

  • Pota Focal (potafocal.com)
    A collection of dictionaries and glossaries in Irish.
  • Global Glossary (globalglossary.org)
    Probably the biggest dictionary in the world: over 14 million words in over 100 languages.
  • Phrasomatic (phrasomatic.net)
    Multilingual text generator.
  • Lexonomy (lexonomy.eu)
    A web-based system for writing and publishing dictionaries and other collections of structured hierarchical data. Note: this replaces Léacslann, a previous incarnation of the the same idea.

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UNPUBLISHED

teachingTEACHING

awardAWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

  • European Language Label Awarded to Logainm.ie (2010) · Awarded to Focal.ie (2007) · Awarded to Beo! (2002)
  • Barr-50 Gnó le Gaeilge [Top 50 in Business with Irish]: Nomination for Beo! (2010) · Nomination for myself (!) (2007)
  • Irish Web Awards Awarded to Focal.ie in the category Best Irish-Language Website (2008)
  • Comórtas Liteartha Oireachtas na Gaeilge [literary competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge cultural festival], I won the third prize in the category Essay on an Engineering Theme with the essay Ionchódú Téacs ar Ríomhairí [Text Encoding on Computers] (2006)

open bookEDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Irish Dublin Institute of Technology (2010)
  • MPhil in Speech and Language Processing Trinity College, University of Dublin (2008) Dissertation: Selectional Preferences, Corpora and Ontologies
  • BA Honours (2.1) The Open University (2005)

TRAINING COURSES

  • Grammatical Framework Summer School Barcelona, Catalonia (August 2011); Fraueninsel, Bavaria (August 2013); Marsalforn, Gozo, Malta (July 2015)
  • Geographical Information System Applications for the Arts and Humanities Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (September 2009)
  • Lexicom: Workshop in Lexicography and Lexical Computing Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (June 2007)
  • International Terminology Summer School Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany (July 2005)

envelopeCONTACT

E-mail: valselob@gmail.com.

I live in Brno, Czech Republic. Until August 2016 I lived in Dublin, Ireland which I still often visit.