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The summer school will be led by a cross-disciplinary faculty from the Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre, the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business, as well as invited faculty from other institutions.

Summer school director

Prof. Costis Dallas, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto & Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Costis Dallas is Associate Professor and Director of the Collaborative Programs at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He is also a founding Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit (DCU), IMIS-“Athena” Research Centre in Athens. His research as co-chair of the DARIAH-EU Digital Methods and Practices Observatory Working Group (DiMPO), and as co-principal investigator in the CARARE, LoCloud, Europeana Cloud and ARIADNE EU-funded projects, focused on understanding knowledge practices and methods in the field of cultural heritage and humanities scholarship, on knowledge representation of material culture, and on the specification of curation-enabled digital heritage infrastructures. He co-led the intellectual scoping and participated in the development of the NeMO methods ontology by a team of DCU researchers, in collaboration with the Network of Digital Methods for the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH).  His major personal project is to develop a theoretical framework for the digital curation of thing cultures, as they are shaped by increasingly distributed, pervasive and participatory information practices “in the wild”. His recent publications include “Digital Curation beyond the ‘Wild Frontier’: A Pragmatic Approach”, and “Curating Archaeological Knowledge in the Digital Continuum: From Practice to Infrastructure “. He holds MPhil and DPhil degrees in Classical archaeology from the University of Oxford.

Workshop faculty

Prof. Panos Constantopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business & Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Panos Constantopoulos is Professor in the Department of Informatics and Dean of the School of Information Sciences and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also affiliated with the “Athena” Research Centre where he heads the Digital Curation Unit. He has previously been Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete (1986-2003). From 1992 to 2003 he was head of the Information Systems Laboratory and the Centre for Cultural Informatics at the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1978), a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1979) and a Doctor of Science in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983).

His scientific interests include: digital curation and preservation, knowledge representation and conceptual modeling, ontology engineering, semantic information access, decision support and knowledge management systems, cultural informatics and digital libraries.

Dr Dimitris Gavrilis, Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Kate Fernie, 2Culture Associates & CARARE – Connecting Archaeology and Architecture with Europeana Network

Prof. Neal Ferris, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario & Sustainable Archaeology

Dr Jeremy Huggett, Department of Archaeology, Glasgow University

Prof. Christos Papatheodorou, Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University & Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Christos Papatheodorou is Professor and Chair of the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. He teaches Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Metadata and Knowledge Organization Systems. His research interests include evaluation of digital libraries, metadata interoperability, digital curation, e-records management and personalisation. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) and a fellow researcher in the Digital Curation Unit , Institute for the Management of Information Systems, “Athena” Research Centre, Athens, Greece. He has participated as evaluator and researcher in several international R&D projects, and as chair or programme committee member in international conferences.

Prof. Seamus Ross, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto & Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Since January 2009, Seamus Ross has been Professor of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, also known as U of T’s iSchool, where he served as Dean until December 2015. He is also a Visiting Professor at School of Information Sciences and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business (Athens), and Visiting Scientist at the Digital Curation Unit of the IMIS Athena Research Centre and HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) at the University of Glasgow. Before joining Toronto, he was Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation and Founding Director of HATII at the University of Glasgow (1997-2009). Dr. Ross served as Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the U.K. (2004-2009) and was Principal Director of ERPANET (2001-2004) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) (2006-2009). He was a co-principal investigator on such projects as the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence (2004-2007), Planets (2006-2010), and Digicult Forum (2002-2004). Dr. Ross was Assistant Secretary (Information Technology) at the British Academy in London (1990-1997). He contributes to the work of professional associations and advisory boards such as the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).

Dr. Ross’s scholarly research has focused on digital humanities, digital preservation, digitization, digital repositories, emulation, digital archaeology, semantic extraction and genre classification, and cultural heritage informatics. See for instance his co-authored studies of “Digital Archaeology” and forensic storage formats, his examination of digital preservation and archival science, and his introduction to digital preservation, Changing Trains at Wigan. He also promotes broadening access to scholarship and was instrumental in the creation of the Digiman Series by DigitalPreservationEurope (e.g., 2009 video Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation).

TNA Scholars

Ilenia Galluccio, VASTLAB, PIN s.c.r.l. Educational and Scientific Services for the University of Florence

I took my bachelor degree in Archaeology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, dealing with “Computer methods applied to archaeological research”, later I took a Master of Science degree at the University of Pisa. My thesis project is entitled “Archives and digital libraries: a proposed data-model for the MOD (Mappa Open Data)”. Starting from November 2014 I have been involved into VASTLAB activities (PIN-University of Florence) as junior researcher and my focus areas currently are digitalisation of cultural heritage, standards and interoperability. I also deal with dissemination and communication through the website and social media.

In 2013-2014, due to the scholarship “Placement Abroad” I did a 4 months traineeship at “The Cyprus Institute” (Nicosia, Cyprus), where I’ve been involved in Europeana and Athena Plus projects, working on digital libraries, metadata and open data. In 2010-2011, due to the scholarship “LLP Lifelong Learning Leonardo Da Vinci”, I did a 3 months internship at NAIM (Sofia, Bulgaria). I was involved in organizing a museum education laboratory. In 2014 I attended a summer school at the University of Pisa, entitled “Open School of Archaeological Data.” Finally, I presented, as a co-author, a paper entitled “Integrating terminological tools and semantic archaeological information: the ICCD RA scheme and Thesaurus”, for the 19th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2015, in Poznan.

Prof. Rimvydas Laužikas, Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University

Rimvydas Laužikas is a Professor of digital SSH and the Head of Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary SSH fields of educational sciences, archaeology and communication and information sciences. Rimvydas’s research interests covers medieval and early modern time archaeology, digital SSH, information and communication of cultural heritage.

From 1998 to 2008 he was working in the field of museums where he was the chief curator of the collections for Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology and the head of Section of Collections and Curatorialship for Lithuanian Museum’s Association. For the past 20 years he was working at the field of archaeology (most important field investigations: Tauragnai church site (1997-2000), Dubingiai church and castle site (2003-2015) in Lithuania). For the past 14 years he was working at the field of editoriailship of history textbooks for secondary school. For the past 16 years he was working at the field of standardization of cultural heritage (as member / head of Lithuanian standards board Technical Committees LST TK 47 Information and documentation, LST TK 81 Conservation of cultural property, LST TK 86 Digital geographical information. For the past years he was actively involved in national projects in the fields of his interests and also participated in several international projects, activity of international organizations, networks and working groups (projects: Digital preservation Europe, Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europeana (CARARE), Local content in a Europeana cloud (LoCloud), Europeana Food and Drink; organizations: Computer Applications and Quantitive Methods in Archaeology (CAA), European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), International Council of Museums (ICOM); expert groups: IT expert group for developing European Skills, Competences and Occupations taxonomy, Review College for CAA, Nordic Research School in Information Studies, INNOVA virtual archaeology international network).

Rimvydas Laužikas has written numerous articles on the XV-XVIII century Lithuanian church and manors archaeology, using computers in SSH, digitisation, standardization, information and communication of cultural heritage, museology.

Dr Federico Nurra, INRAP – The French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research

I hold a PhD in “Architecture and Planning” with a thesis entitled “Cartographic tools for the history of the places” (University of Sassari, 2015), a Second Level Master’s in “Geo-technologies for Archaeology” (University of Siena, 2008), and a Degree in “Preservation of cultural heritage (Archaeology)” with a thesis entitled “Land settlement typology and viability in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages in the historical region of Logudoro-Mejlogu. The case of the administrative area of the town of Cossoine in Sardinia” (University of Sassari, 2006). I currently work at the French National Institute for PreventiveArchaeological Research, in Paris, in charge of the development of the ARIADNE Project. During last five years I have been a research fellow in the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning (DADU) of the University of Sassari. My main topics of research have been: development of the National Archaeological Spatial Data Infrastructure in Italy; design of Webmapping platforms; study of ancient landscapes and landscape transformations. I have also been Contract Lecturer in “Ancient Topography” of the fourth-year Master program on Architectural Science and of the first-year Degree program on Urban Planning (A.A. 2012/2013), University of Sassari.

I am the author or co-author of several publications related to my research topics. I worked as professional in charge of compiling the analysis of the historical and cultural structure in the Municipal Urban Planning of the municipalities of Sassari, Abbasanta and Norbello, I collaborated on the project “Digital Archaeological Map of the Municipality of Buddusò” and on a research project involving the territory of Tresnuraghes and Planargia (Sardinia, Italy) with the University of Sassari. I have been Research fellow of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in 2010-2012, with the project “Geo-Informatica per l’individuazione dei Paesaggi Storici – L’asta del Rio Manu di Porto Torres” at the DADU. During previous years, I specialized myself on Preventive Archaeology (Advanced Course on “Archeologia Preventiva e Valutazione del Rischio Archeologico – Normative tecniche per la valutazione dell’impatto di opere infrastrutturali sul patrimonio archeologico” – Preventive Archaeology and Evaluation of the Archaeological Risk) and Geographic Information Systems (Professional Course “Database Topografici: dalla teoria alla pratica” – GeoDB: from theory to practice) at the University of Siena.

Dr Lorna-Jane Richardson, Department of Sociology, Umeå University

I currently work in the Digital Social Studies Unit (DIGSUM) of the Department of Sociology at Umeå University in northern Sweden, as a post-doctoral researcher in Digital Sociology. I have a PhD in Information Studies (thesis title ‘Public Archaeology in a Digital Age’), an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology, all from UCL in the UK. I have worked in the archaeology sector in the UK for the past decade, in commercial and community archaeology. My academic work focuses on the impact of the Internet and digital forms of communication on public engagement with archaeology.
I am especially interested in the ways in which digital technologies can be new gateways through which audiences gain access to, and create, discuss and repurpose archaeological sites, data and narratives. I am also interested in the ways in which digital communications support and reinforce concepts of academic and professional expertise, exclude and contain alternative interpretations of archaeological sites and material, and provide platforms for heritage-related activism and alternative discourse outside the academy. Most of my work uses qualitative approaches to data, although as part of my post doc research, I am learning more and more quantitative and ‘Big Data’ analysis techniques.

Prof. Vladimir Stissi, Department of Archaeology, University of Amsterdam

Vladimir Stissi (Amsterdam, 1970) has cum laude MA degrees in Ancient History (1993), Mediterranean Archaeology (1994) and History of Architecture (1995) from the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained his PhD (cum laude) in 2002, with a thesis on the production, distribution and use of Greek decorated pottery in the seventh to fifth centuries BC. While working on his PhD he had several minor teaching jobs in the departments of Art History and Archaeology. After a short period as postdoc (2002-2003) and as assistant professor in the ‘New Generation Offensive’ of the Faculty of Humanities (2003-2005), he was appointed full Professor of Classical Archaeology in 2005. Since summer 2014 he directs the Department of Classics and Archaeology (ACASA). He has been a member of several editorial boards, PhD committees, university managerial boards and academic review committees (the latter among others for the University of Amsterdam, the Dutch National Research Organization (NWO) and the Dutch UNESCO World Heritage selection commission).

Stissi’s research focuses on three, partly interrelated, themes: the production, distribution and use of Greek pottery, mainly in the seventh-fifth centuries BC, the material culture of religious life in the Greek world during the same period, and especially votive culture, and the theory and practice of processing pottery found during fieldwork (including presention and dissemination of the results of such study). The first and last of these themes also form the main focus of New Perspectives on Ancient Pottery, a major, partly privately funded Amsterdam Archeological Centre research project that he directed (2007-2014, publication of the results ongoing). In addition to these three main research themes, Stissi is also interested in the history of Mediterranean archaeology and the reception and perception of the discipline in society.

Stissi has always spent a great deal of time in fieldwork, mostly in Greece, from his undergraduate years onwards. Currently, he is Assistant Director of the Zakynthos Archaeology Project, where he participates in fieldwork and find processing, and Co-director (with H. Reinders) of the Halos Archaeological Project (in cooperation with the University of Groningen), where he directs most of the ongoing excavation and field survey. He is also Assistant Director in the Boeotia Ancient Cities Project (in cooperation with Leiden, Leuven en Ljubljana Universities), where he is in charge of the study of the Early Iron Age to Hellenistic pottery.

Dr Amara Thornton, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

I have a BA in History, and MA in Museum Studies and a PhD in the history of archaeology. My PhD thesis explored the social history of archaeology and its professionalisation through networks of British archaeologists working overseas in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East between 1870 and 1939. My thesis and subsequent publications have explored the intersections between archaeology and ‘heritage tourism’, annual exhibitions of archaeology,
 fund raising and sponsorship in archaeology and the evolution of antiquities services in British controlled regions (e.g. Egypt, Sudan, Palestine and Transjordan). I have examined a number of different archives in the UK and beyond – including the archives of several archaeologists now in the collections of the UCL Institute of Archaeology. During the course of my PhD and postdoctoral project I have been involved in digitisation of some of this archive material on
behalf of the Institute.

I am currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, working on a postdoctoral project on the history of popular publishing in archaeology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the relationship between archaeologists and commercial publishers and the projection of an ‘archaeological identity’ through books and periodicals. I am particularly interested In the evolution of scholarly identities, the formats for ‘public’ scholarship and the commercial value of expertise, which has direct relevance to the debates around open access and publishing (in all media – print and digital) today.

I am also currently Principal Investigator on a collaborative project, Filming Antiquity, which has been funded to digitise, research, and make publicly available a collection of amateur home movie footage of excavations In Mandate Palestine in the late 1920s and early 1930s belonging to the British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding. I lead the lnstitute’s History of Archaeology Network, and in this capacity organize regular seminars featuring scholars, curators and others in a range of disciplines working on topics related to the history of archaeology.

Priscilla Ulguim, Teesside University

Priscilla (ORCID 0000-0002-­5563-­5682) is a PhD researcher at Teesside University (UK) with interests in bioarchaeology, burnt bone analysis, cremation, South American archaeology and digital archaeology. She completed an MSc in Bioarchaeology at the University of Exeter (UK) as a Wenner-­‐Gren Foundation scholar supervised by Prof. Knüsel, while her undergraduate education resulted in a first in class History degree from Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil).

Her doctoral research is focused on the application of advanced analytical and digital methods to cremated human remains from archaeological mound and enclosure complexes in the southern Brazilian highlands (Ulguim 2015). Such complexes appear atop prominent hills from c.1000 BP to 300 BP. Interpreted as funerary sites reflecting aspects of the cosmogony and social traditions of local southern Jê groups, they are linked with the rise of complex societies in South America and Early Formative ceremonial and funerary architecture (Iriarte et al. 2013). However, relatively few studies have analysed the human remains in detail. The doctoral research project aims to analyse heat­‐induced change in bone, including microscopic structural and colour alteration, along with ethnohistorical and ethnographic data on regional funerary practices in order to understand the individuals involved, and interpret the nature of the funerary process. This analysis is linked to the development of strategies for digitization of excavation, three-­‐dimensional modelling and reflectance transformation imaging of archaeological burned bone. The project described within this application aims to expand upon the archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic data gathered to develop an interactive and useful digital repository, freely available online.

Priscilla has worked on international academic projects, with other research focused on zooarchaeological analyses of southern Brazilian cerritos sites and Guarani occupations, the most extensive of which implemented a holistic excavation methodology and analysed thousands of icthyoarchaeological remains. During these research projects she was involved in the management of archaeological datasets and the implementation of a data management system for reference collections. She is Research Associate at LEPAARQ, UFPel, collaborator in the Jê Landscapes of Southern Brazil project, Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project (Natural History Museum, London), and an active member of BABAO (British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology). In addition, Priscilla is involved in a number of teaching engagements and outreach events. Significantly, in 2015 Priscilla set up and managed the first ‘Pint of Science’ (PoS) event on Teesside. PoS is an international science festival that aims to provide fun and interesting talks about science and research, all in an accessible format and an informal environment, the pub! In 2015 the event took place in 50 cities in eight countries with more than 10,000 attendees, making it officially the largest science festival in the world. Priscilla recruited and coordinated a team of volunteers to set up the events, selected venues, obtained funding, executed a communications and marketing plan, and enabled 19 professors, lecturers and researchers to speak a out topics from forensic science to virtual reality. Priscilla is responsible for the return of PoS to Teesside in 2016.


Prof. Petya Andreeva, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

I hold MA and PhD degrees in Classical archaeology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and was appointed Assistant Professor in the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum in 2015. In 2014 I was awarded a Gipson postdoctoral fellowship in Ankara and Istanbul Departments of the American Research Institute in Turkey. Since 2014, I have been included in the Bulgarian-Polish research team conducting the excavations of the Roman military camp and Early Byzantine town of Novae located near the present-day city of Svishtov on the Danube River. I was involved in the Danube Limes Brand Project – Extension of the Danube Limes UNESCO World Heritage in the Lower Danube and I currently participate in maintenance and provision of information by the Automated Information System “Archaeological Map of Bulgaria”. My research interests focus on the Roman Limes, Eastern Roman provinces, the imperial cult, local cults in the Roman provinces of Moesia Inferior and Thracia, ancient festivals, epigraphic and numismatic evidence as referred to the archaeological research.

Dr  Agiatis Benardou, Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Prof.  Alexandra Bounia, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean

Prof. George Caridakis, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean

Michael Carter,  RTA School of Media & Department of History, Ryerson University

Dr Despina Catapoti, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean

Nephelie Chatzidiakou, Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre

Dr Elisabeth Fentress, International Association of Classical Archaeology

Dr Elisabeth Fentress is a Roman archaeologist who specialises in Italy and North Africa. She was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BA 1969 Latin), University College London (MA 1974 Etruscan and Roman Archaeology), and St Hugh’s College, Oxford (DPhil 1979 Roman Archaeology, The Economic Effects of the Roman Army on Southern Numidia). She has been Visiting Professor at University College London (2007-2012), Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2010) and Mellon Professor at the American Academy in Rome (1996–99). She is former President of the International Association of Classical Archaeology and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She set up Fasti Online in 2003, an international database of Mediterranean archaeological excavation, winner in 2013 of the first Archaeological Institute of America Award for Outstanding Digital Archaeology.

Elisabeth Fentress’ primary concentration has been on the application of archaeology to history of the longue durée in both the Italian peninsula and the countries of North Africa. Her work has focused on social and economic aspects of Roman landscapes of all periods, with special regard to the interaction between Roman and non-Roman peoples at their points of contact in areas such as slave markets, the limes, and urban areas. She is also a leader in the application of open-area, single-context stratigraphic excavation and intensive survey techniques, and she has directed or co-directed many survey and excavation projects. She is also scientific director of AIAC’s Fasti Online (www.fastionline.org), a database of archaeological excavations in Italy and 12 other countries that in 2014 won the AIA’s award for Outstanding Digital Archaeology.

Dr Eleni Gadolou, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation

I have a Diploma of Engineering in Surveying from the Department of Rural & Surveying Engineering of National Technical University of Athens and a Master of Science on Applied Geography and Area Management from the Department of Geography of Harokopeio University of Athens (2007). In 2013, I received my PhD diploma from the same department on the thematic field of Web Cartography and the main focus was on the promotion of Historical Cartographic Heritage through a Spatial Data Infrastructure and the development of new tools for the usability of historical maps’ thematic content for educational and cultural purposes. My PhD Thesis (title “Historical map collections on the Web: Development of tools for the retrieval and promotion of historical maps”) was funded by a scholarship from HERACLITUS II (a research program under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013). For the last three years, I work as an external researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Institute of Historical Research) and at the Foundation of Research and Technology (Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics).

At the Institute of Historical Research, I worked for the research project “Kyrtou grids. Networks of economy, authority and knowledge in the Greek world from prehistorical times until today: analytical documentation – interpretative cartography – integrated approaches” – Action KRIPIS of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. I was responsible of the team that developed the interactive digital Atlas of the Institute, an innovative web system of open architecture that concerns a range of themes for economy, authority and knowledge networks in the Hellenic world since pre-historical times. The Atlas integrates qualitative historical data along with their bibliographic documentation in a specialized platform using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies.

At the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (Regional Analysis Group), I worked on the research project “POLITEIA” – Action KRIPIS that was developed in three axes: technologies of mapping and restoration, intangible cultural content (archives, DB), and material culture (artifacts, monuments, sites). I worked on the Working package 3 – “National Data Infrastructure, archaeological sites, museums and other cultural sites, the INSPIRE Directive and how it applies in Cultural Heritage Management”. We developed an application profile for documenting archaeological sites within INSPIRE Data Model as well as in CIDOC-Conceptual Reference Model.

Finally, for the last seven years I collaborate with the Department of Surveying Engineering of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, as a laboratory assistant, supporting the course of “General and Mathematical Cartography”.

Pavla Gkantzios Drapelova, Department of Archaeology and Art History, National Capodistrian University of Athens

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Athens {Faculty of History and Archaeology) where I also earned my master’s degree in Byzantine archaeology {aptata). I began my studies at the Charles University in Prague and received bachelor’s degrees in Classical archaeology and later in East-European studies, both summa cum laude. During my studies I have received various scholarships and awards (scholarship for excellence at the Charles University in 2007, Leventis scholarship in 2014 and 2015, scholarship “Academy of Plato” in 2013 and IKY in 2012).
I have participated in various archaeological projects in the Czech Republic (1,5 years part-time job at the archaeological society ARCHAIA – excavations in Prague; student internships at excavations at Roman auxilium at Mu5ov and at various museums), in Slovakia (student internship at excavations at Roman auxilium lfa-Kelemantia in 2007) and in Greece (Athenian Agora – 3 seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2010; Liontari Cave – excavations of the University of Athens in 2005; student internships at the Numismatic Museum in 2009 and at the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology in Athens in 2010/2011). Some of the projects mentioned above included electronic cataloguing and work with databases. During the last two years I participated itt two archaeological projects as a research assistant. Between 9/2013 and 12/2015 I worked for the program DARIAH-DYAS: Digital research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities as a member of the working group at the University of Athens. At this project, I had the opportunity to work with a platform gathering and organizing data and to participate in the creation of a thesaurus of specific terms related to the field of the Byzantine archaeology. Between 2014 and 2015 I also participated in the project “Money in Constantinople, the Sea of Marmara, and the Northeast Aegean” at the Ashmolean Museum – the University of Oxford (Heberden Coin Room) in which I was responsible, except of other duties, for cataloguing and digital processing of Byzantine coin hoards.

During my studies I have attended short-term seminars and summer schools at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington D.c.), Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen in Germany, British School at Athens, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation and National Hellenic Research Foundation. I have been regularly presenting papers at graduate conferences (Athens, Paris, Oxford and Budapest CEU) and international congresses (e.g. Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2014 at University of St Andrews; Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art – Images of Classical Antiquity. The Art of the Ancient World and Its Heritage in the World Culture at St.Petersburg; International Medieval Congress 2015 in Leeds; XV International Numismatic Congress and others). I have published several scholarly articles (e.g. Unusual bronze coins from the Protonotarios Collection – 6th century-beginning of 7th century, in ‘Ολοκότινον. Studies in Byzantine Numismatics and Sigillography in Memory of Petros Protonotarios. Bibliotheca of the Hellenic Numismatic Society 10, Athens 2013, 53-60). In addition, I have published couple of popularizing articles in the Czech journal “Dejiny a soucasnost” (History and Presence) .

Dr Hella Hollander, Data Archiving and Networked Services, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (DANS-KNAW)

Dr Hella Hollander is an archaeologist and the coordinator of the e-depot for Dutch at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). As project manager she works on international collaboration: ARIADNE aims to set up an archaeological European infrastructure and Parthenos empowers digital research in archaeology and other related fields across the humanities. Recently she became Head, Data Archive within DANS.

Prof. Isto Huvila, Uppsala University

Prof. Georgi Ivanov. National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Georgi Ivanov has MA (2000) and PhD (2007) degrees in Archaeology from Sofia University. Since 2009, he has been affiliated with the Department of Thracian Archaeology in the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His research interests cover Bronze and Early Iron Ages. He has conducted more than 20 archaeological excavations and archaeological field surveys since 2003. Georgi Ivanov is currently part of the NIAM team working on the development of the Automated Information System “Archaeological Map of Bulgaria”.

Prof. Myrto Malouta, Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University

Prof. George Papaioannou, Athens University of Economics and Business

Dr Ioannis Poulios, Hellenic Open University, Open University of Cyprus & UNESCO School on Sustainable Energy Governance in World Heritage Sites

Ioannis Poulios conducted PhD research on heritage management and sustainable development at University College London, and attended MBA electives on business strategy and management at London Business School. Ioannis teaches Cultural Organisations Management at the Hellenic Open University and at the Open University of Cyprus, and is also teaching at the UNESCO Venice Office School on Sustainable Energy Governance in World Heritage Sites.  He provides consultancy services to the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and to national and local organisations and private firms in the context of designing and implementing innovative community-centred approaches to heritage management.

Ioannis has published a series of papers, and authored a book on ‘The Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach – Meteora, Greece’ (open access: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bak). He has co-edited the books: ‘Athens: Modern Capital and Historic City – Challenges for Heritage Management in Times of Crisis’; ‘Culture and Perspective’ (in Greek); and ‘Cultural Management, Local Community, and Sustainable Development’ (in Greek, open access: http://repository.kallipos.gr/handle/11419/2394). His paper ‘Discussing Strategy in Heritage Conservation: a Living Heritage Approach as an Example of Strategic Innovation’ was selected as the Outstanding Paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (open access: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JCHMSD-10-2012-0048 ). Also, he was honourably selected to review Nara+20 Document (i.e. a most influential agreement on heritage management): paper Gazing at the ‘Blue Ocean’, and Tapping into the Mental Models of Conservation: Reflections on the Nara+20 Document. Ioannis can be contacted at jannispoulios@hotmail.com

Dr Despoina Tsiafaki, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Athena Research Centre

Dr. Despoina Tsiafaki is a Classical Archaeologist specialized in pottery and in the region of North Aegean. She got her Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees from the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was a curator in the Antiquities Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, were among others was involved in projects regarding Cultural Technology. Since 1994, she participates to the Karabournaki excavation in the area of the Thremaic Gulf and since 2014 she is co-director of the excavation. During 2000-2006 she taught Classical Archaeology in the National School of Tourism. Since 2002 she joined CETI (Institute of the ‘Athena’ Research Center; CETI was merged with ILSP in 2012) as Researcher and Head of the Cultural Heritage Department; since 2015 she is Director of Research. She has participated in various international and national projects regarding Cultural Heritage. She has taught in seminars, undergraduate and graduate courses regarding Archaeology and Cultural Technology. She has published a monograph on Thracian Myths in Attic Art and she co-authored a book regarding the Contribution of the pottery in the relations of Athens with Thrace; she is editor of a volume on Color in Ancient Art, of a volume for ancient Greek pottery and iconography, and of a volume on ancient Pottery Workshops in Northern Greece, whereas more than 100 papers on Archaeology, Greek Culture and Cultural Technology have been published in international volumes, conferences, and journals.

Her current research involves Archaeology, Ancient Ceramics, Archaeometry and Cultural Technology with emphasis on the development of cultural databases, multimedia applications and Museum guides, 3D reconstruction, and archaeological GIS.

Dr Delia Tzortzaki, Directorate of Museums, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports & Norwegian Institute at Athens

Delia Tzortzaki is Museologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports – Directorate of Museums. In 2013 she took a leave and became affiliated with the Norwegian Institute at Athens, a Foreign Archaeological School in Greece, where she supports research activities and collaborates closely with the Norwegian Embassy at Athens in cultural matters. Between 1998-2004 Delia Tzortzaki worked at the University of Roskilde, Denmark as research collaborator with special focus on the aesthetics and epistemology of Hellenic digital heritage (Doctoral Diploma in Museum Studies, 2007). She also holds MA in Gallery Studies (University of Essex, 1992, with distinction) and BA in Archaeology and History (National and Kapodistrian University, 1989). Since 1993 Delia has taught museology in undergraduate and postgraduate university and life-long learning courses in Greece and abroad (National and Kapodistrian University at Athens, Panteion University of Social and Political Science, The Athens College – Hellenic American Foundation, Roskilde University, the Danish School of Design), worked in Greek museums and cultural centres (Yannis Tsarouhis Foundation, Museum of Cycladic Art, the Ionic Centre), and organized exhibitions. Between 1996 and 1998 Delia was co-directing the Exhibition Office at the Foundation of the Hellenic World together with Alexandra Nikiforidou. Delia and Alexandra curated the first exhibition of the FHW titled Same Day Every Year – National Commemorations and Historical Memory. The exhibition which turned into a blockbuster drew on digital media to critically comment and deconstruct the concept of historical commemoration. In the years 2009-2014 Delia taught museology and curating as full-time lecturer at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Her research interests centre upon the theory and history of museums and museology, the study of digital cultural heritage within the sphere of edutainment, the theory of collections as well as the history and process of curating (particularly human remains). At the moment she is editing the collective volume The Theory of Museology. Main Schools of Thought 1960-2000 (Norwegian Institute of Athens Study Series).

Prof. Giorgos Vavouranakis, Department of Archaeology and History of Art, National Kapodistrian University of Athens