Ann Barcomb, M.Sc is a Research Assistant at Lero at the University of Limerick. She previously worked at the Professorship for Open Source software at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-N├╝rnberg. She received her Master's degree in International Business (Information Systems) in 2010 from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, writing her thesis on free software and social entrepreneurship.

Before pursuing her degree, Barcomb worked as a software developer in the Netherlands. Throughout her career, Barcomb has been active in open source, in particular the Perl community, where she has been involved in organizing practitioner conferences and hackathons, presenting at practitioner conferences, writing for O'Reilly's OnLamp, and serving on the board of the YAPC::Europe Foundation.