Martin White has been a Visiting Professor at the Information School since 2002 and is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the School. He specialises in information management and information retrieval and lectures on enterprise search.
A chemist by training Martin started work as an information scientist in 1970, using 10,000 hole optical coincidence cards to undertake literature searches.
In 1996 he undertook an assessment of the potential of intranets in organisations, and this led him to set up Intranet Focus Ltd. in 1999. His most challenging intranet project was with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC in 2001 where he started work the day before 9/11.
Many of his clients have been multi-national organisations with complex information management and information discovery challenges. His particular area of interest is in finding solutions for organisations working in multiple languages, especially in the pharmaceutical and high-technology sectors.
Martin has written nine books, including Enterprise Search in 2015 and a History of Enterprise Search 1938-2022. In 2023 he closed down Intranet Focus Ltd and set up SearchResearch.com for which he acts as Principal Analyst.
Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (USA). He is also a member of The Search Network.