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Ray works as a developer on DMPonline, the DCC's Data Management Plan system. He joined the DCC in 2019 after previously working for EDINA at the University of Edinburgh developing online systems including The Statistical Accounts of Scotland and Tobar an Dualchais.
He started out in academia as a researcher, lecturer and in systems support at Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Glasgow Universities. He worked for HarperCollins Dictionaries as System Development Manager for a decade developing editing, publishing and printing systems, large scale corpora and a novel range of dictionaries. He joined a startup doing very high volume web analytics (which after 5 years went the way of most startups!). He then worked for the Informatics Dept. of Edinburgh University on an object description system and almost set up another startup. He was also self-employed for a number of years developing websites and data systems for SMEs.