Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in Information and Communication Studies

Director of UCD Data Journalism CPD

Information Scientist & Data Journalist

I teach, research and practice Data Journalism.

Co-chair of the European Data & Computational Journalism Conference

Data Journalism Consultant

I work as a Data Journalism and
Newsroom Innovation  advisor to the
news and media industry.



I am an Assistant Professor in Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), where I am the school's Postgraduate Director, and the Director of UCD's new Data Journalism programme

I am also the co-chair of the European Data & Computational Journalism Conference. Additionally I serve at the programme committee of various conferences such as Computation+Journalism, ACM Hypertext, IEEE HICSS and the Web Conference, amongst others, and have co-organised a number of workshops including Social Media and News at ICWSM, Social Media Archiving at HICSS and Citizen Journalism and Social Media at HICSS.

I research, work and teach at the nexus of data, technology and journalism, and am passionate about creating innovative solutions for the media industry and in particular for newsroom. I have extensive experience working in research, development and media industries.

I was formerly a Research Fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, where I led the Insight News Lab. During my time at Insight I founded and lea a number of R&D projects in the News and Media area, in collaboration with industry partners such as RTÉ.

I am the co-founder of Irish Times Data and former Lead Data Scientist and Data Journalist at the Irish Times.

I am also the founder of Hacks/Hackers Dublin, which aims to bring 'hacks' & 'hackers' together.

At age 19 I co-founded a successful software development company. I left my company behind in December 2010 when I sold my share, but it is still growing and is now in its teenage years! I have also worked as an honorary researcher for with Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe and a visiting research fellow at the National Technical University of Athens. Before moving to Ireland, I worked briefly in the media industry in London, where I learned about news production and also the importance of social media in that process. Since then I have worked with various Irish media organisations, mainly in R&D and 'data' innovation capacities.

In 2011 I was awarded the Google's Women Techmakers Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding young women scholars in computer science and related fields.

I often get engaged in advisory or consulting roles with news and media organisations, advising on Data Journalism and Newsroom Innovation. I am always happy to hear about interesting ideas and projects from newsrooms and innovative news organisations, and excited to get involved and help. Talk to me about your ideas!

For more information on my work and education please visit my LinkedIn.


Everything that can be invented has been invented.

(Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899)


Here is a selected list of projects I have been involved in since 2012.



Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

(Niels Bohr)



Academic | Media


The State of Data Journalism Globally, Heravi, B. B, European Data & Computational Journalism Conference, Ireland.

What makes a Winning Data Story, Heravi, B. R., Ojo, A., Nordic Data Journalism Conference, Jan 2017, Denmark.

Twitter Journalism in Ireland: Sourcing and Trust in the Age of Social Media, Heravi, B. R., Harrower, N., Information, Communication & Society Journal, May 2016.

Kanopy4Tweets: Entity Extraction and Linking for Twitter, Torres, P., Hromic, H., Walsh, B., Hayes, C. and Heravi, B. R.,  6th Workshop on Making Sense of Microposts (#Microposts2016) at the 25th International World Wide Web Conference, April 2016, Canada.

Tweet Location Detection, Heravi, B., R., Salawdeh, I., Computation + Journalism Symposium, Columbia University, New York, US, Oct 2015.

How to Archive an Event: Reflections on the Social Repository of Ireland, Harrower, N., Heravi, B., R., New Review of Information Networking, Dec 2015.

Sourcing and Trust: Twitter Journalism in Ireland, Heravi, B., R., Harrower, N., International Conference on Social Media and Society, Canada, Sep 2015.

Topic Detection in Twitter using Topology Data Analysis, Torres, P., Hromic, H., Heravi, B. R., International Workshop in Mining the Social Web at the 15th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2015), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 2015.

How to Archive an Event: The Social Repository of Ireland Project, Harrower, N., Heravi, B., R., 1st Annual Conference on Digital Preservation for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (DPASSH2015), Dublin, Ireland, June 2015.

Introducing Social Semantic Journalism, Heravi, B.R., McGinnis, J., The Journal of Media Innovations: Special issue on Innovations in the Newsroom, 2015.

Social Journalism Survey: First National Survey on Irish Journalists’ use of Social Media, Heravi, B. R., Harrower, N., Boran, M., HuJo Report, Jan 2015.

What just happened? A Framework for Social Event Detection and  Contextualisation, Khare, P., Torres, P. Heravi B. R., 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 48), Hawaii, US, 2015.

A Keyword Sense Disambiguation Based Approach for Noise filtering in Twitter, Wijerante, S., Heravi, B., R., short paper, The 1st Insight Student Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2014 [Poster].

Towards Social Event Detection and Contextualisation for Journalists, Khare, P., Heravi B. R., In the proceedings of the AHA! Workshop on Information Discovery in Text, at the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN 978-1-873769-31-7, pp 54 - 59, 2014.

Where is the News Breaking? Towards a Locatiton-based Event Detection Framework for Journalists, Heravi B. R., Morrison, D., Khare, P., Marchand-Maillet, S., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 8326, 2014, pp 192-204, 2014. 

Ontology-Based Standards Development: Application of OntoStanD to ebXML Business Process Specification Schema, Heravi, B. R., Lycett, M. DeCesare, S., International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 2014. 

A Framework for Social Semantic Journalism, Heravi, B. R., McGinnis, J., First International IFIP Working Conference on Value-Driven Social & Semantic Collective Intelligence (VaSCo), at ACM Web Science 2013, Paris, France, 2013.

Towards Social Semantic Journalism, Heravi, B. R., Boran, M., Breslin, J., Workshop on the Potential of Social Media Tools and Data for Journalism in the News Media Industry at the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, June 2012, Dublin, Ireland. 

OntoStanD: Ontology-based Information Standards Development, Heravi, B. R., PhD thesis, January 2012.

Semantically Enriched e-Business Standards Development: The Case of ebXML Business Process Specification Schema, Heravi, B. R., Lycett, M., Handbook of Research on E-Business Standards and Protocols: Documents, Data and Advanced Web Technologies, 2012.

Towards an Ontology for Automating Collaborative Business Processes, Heravi, B. R., Green S. D., Bell D., Lycett, M., 5th International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise (VORTE) at the 14th IEEE International EDOC Conference, Vitoria, Brasil, 2010.  

Towards Ontology Based e-Business Standards, Heravi, B. R., Green S. D., Snelling, D., Bell D., Lycett, M., International e-Business Conference (ICE-B 2010), Athens, Greece, 2010.

Sensory Semantic User Interfaces (SenSUI), Bell, D., Heravi, B. R., Lycett, M., 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks at the 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2009), Washington DC, USA, 2009.

Utilising WS-BPEL Business Processes through ebXML BPSS, Heravi, B. R., Razzazi M. R., 2nd International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, London, UK, 2007.

Utilising Grid Services in ebXML Registry, Heravi, B. R., Razzazi M. R., 4th IEEE International Conference on Sciences of Electronics, Technologies of Information and Telecommunications, Tunisia, 2007.

A Grid Based Specifications of of ebXML, Heravi, B. R., Razzazi M. R., 2nd IEEE International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies: From Theory to Applications, Syria, 2006.

A complementary architecture to the ebXML Framework, Razzazi M. R., Heravi, B. R., 2nd Internationam Conference on Information Management Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2006.

The Usage of dynamic information system with process-based approach in construction process management of the first phase of south pars production platform (SPP1) in Iran, Hassani, M., Abbasi, H., Heravi, B. R., Yaghoubi, A., Forouzan, K., 6th Construction Specialty Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2005.



State of Data Journalism Globally, Medium, Aug 2017

From programmer to data journalism professor, Data Driven Journalism, 3 July 2017

From zero to hero: How Data Journalism helped establish the ICIJ as a top investigative newsroom, 6 Jan 2017

Getting with the Times: Lessons from the paper's Data Journalism Editor, Data Driven Journalism, 14 Dec 2016

How is Data Journalism changing the Newsroom? Silicon Republic, 15 Dec 2016.

More road deaths in counties with low penalty points, Bahareh Heravi, Carl O’Brien, The Irish Times, 24 March 2015.

Road deaths highest in counties with fewest penalty points, Carl O’Brien, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 24 March 2015.

Irish Journalists do not trust social media as a source, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 3 March 2015.

The west is best for passing a driving test, Carl O’Brien, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 12 Feb 2015.

Irish journalists among world’s heaviest social media users, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 12 Feb 2015.

Irish Water Charges to be Cheapest in Europe, Carl O’Brien, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 3 Feb 2014.

Irish win over Aussies fails to set twitter alight, Conor Pope, Bahareh Heravi,The Irish Times, 29 Nov 2014.

Irish water charges cheapest in Europe under revised package, Carl O’Brien, Bahareh Heravi, The Irish Times, 19 Nov 2014,

Twitter flares burned bright as Scotland broke Irish hearts, Bahareh Heravi, Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 18 Nov 2014.







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