Danny is an expert in developing strategy and policy in the higher education and research sector with extensive international experience, most recently in Europe and the UK. She is available for consultancy work with a particular focus on Open Research and research communication. Her work involves aspects of advocacy, professional development, research and communication through developing relationships with all levels of the scholarly communication landscape, from the individual researcher, to editors and publishers of journals and monographs, funding bodies, research institutions and government. She has written extensively and presented all over the world in this area. She is a committee member of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Data in Science.
Until May 2019 Danny worked as the Deputy Director of Cambridge University Libraries (Scholarly Communication & Research Services). The announcement of Cambridge's Position Statement on Open Research in February 2019 was the culmination of four years' work in this area. Danny took up the position of Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge in January 2015 and oversaw all aspects of scholarly communication at the University, including compliance with funder open access policies, research data management, intellectual property, copyright and other areas. Her research centres on scholarly communication with interests in the academic reward structure, scholarly infrastructure and open access advocacy. She sits on multiple committees. Until the end of 2015, Danny was the Executive Officer of the Australasian Open Access Support (now Strategy) Group which aims to inform the discussions around open access at a time of great change in this area. She was responsible for developing the content on the AOASG website, including explainers, blogs and general information about the topic. She ran a discussion list and Twitter feed as part of the outreach activities of the group.
She spent four years prior to this as the Manager, Scholarly Communication and ePublishing at the Australian National University. She was responsible for developing policies relating to scholarly communication and open access, and rebuilt the DSpace repository prior to its July 2011 relaunch. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer (part-time) in science communication. She lectured in undergraduate and masters courses and for the Questacon Science Circus Graduate Diploma at CPAS from 2006-2013. Danny is also one of the facilitators for the CPAS science communication workshops. She completed her PhD looking at the barriers to opening up access to science publications in 2008.
Danny has worked as a science communicator for 15 years, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science
, and was also a co-producer of Health Matters
. She has worked in TV, radio and print, including a period as researcher for the ABC TV science program FAQ. She has also presented and reported for Talking Science, the Australian Museum Society's radio program. Her publishing work includes a project writing science activities for Japanese children. She has also presented 'Forensic Frenzy' a CSIRO education program in schools. Danny continues to remain active in the Australian media, regularly writing popular articles on open access, and undertaking consulting communication work.