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Biography

At the Acropolis Museum

I am an Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage Management and Advanced Technologies in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University, Athens, where I teach courses in Arts and Cultural Heritage Management, Digital Collections, and Cultural Heritage Informatics;  first Cultural Management postgraduate degree programme in Greece. In addition to that, I am a Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit, “Athena” Research Centre since its foundation in 2007, focusing mostly on injecting human sciences perspectives to the Unit’s work on digital curation theory, information behaviour and cultural information modelling and integration. From 2012 to 2015 I served as director of the Museum Studies programme of the Faculty of Information (iSchool) of the University of Toronto,  where I hold the position of associate professor. From 2010 to 2012 I served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Acropolis Museum.

My research focuses on the study of knowledge practices, methods and infrastructures in the domain of cultural heritage and the human sciences from the viewpoint of digital curation. In this context, in the last few years I have been principal co-investigator in the following European research projects: Connecting Archaeology and Architecture with Europeana (CARARE), Europeana Cloud (eCloud), Local Institutions in an Europeana Cloud (LoCloud), and Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe (ARIADNE). I am also chair of the  Digital Methods and Practices Observatory Working Group (DiMPO) of DARIAH-EU, the European research infrastructure for the arts and humanities, and coordinator of the Special Interest Group – SIG on Archaeological Research Practices and Methods of the ARIADNE infrastructure.

In the past twenty years, I worked in various research and professional positions in the field of cultural heritage policy and management, and cultural heritage informatics. From 2000 to 2008 I was actively involved professionally in consultancy work and project management in the field of digital communication: from 2004 to 2008 as Vice-President and Head of Innovation at PRC Group – The Management House SA , a consulting group specialising in intangible assets management for public, private and third sector organisations in Greece, the UK and globally; and, previously, as President of Critical Publics SA , a consultancy firm I had co-founded in 2000. My work in that period involved managing projects in requirements analysis, domain modeling, knowledge portals and collaborative solutions information architecture and design, and research work in social semantics and digital heritage, respectively through direct involvment in the NEPOMUK: The social semantic desktop and CALIMERA: Cultural Applications – Local Institutions Mediating Electronic Resource Access EU initiatives. I also led projects in the field of cultural heritage digitisation, museum documentation, collections management and interpretive design, such as the South Asian diaspora literature and arts digital archive (SALIDAA) in the UK, and recently the large-scale digitisation and retrospective inventorying project of the Greek Archaeological Service, involving work at more than sixty locations, and coordinated by the Greek National Monuments Archive directorate of the Ministry of Culture. From 1997 to 2000 I worked as Special Advisor of the Greek Foreign Minister on cultural diplomacy and information issues, and in 1996-1997 as Special Secretary for Libraries, Historical Archives, Educational Television and Instructional Media in the Greek Ministry of Education. Earlier, I had served as General Director of the Foundation of the Hellenic World , a position I took after having founded and led the work of the IT department of the Benaki Museum as early as 1990. My research work during that period was mostly related to the specification and design of the innovative CLIO semantic information system for museum scholarly documentation and research work, working with the cultural informatics research team of ICS/FORTH, then led by Panos Constantopoulos. I was also an active member of the Working Group which, on the basis of our experience with CLIO, produced the first version of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model , approved since as official standard ISO 21127:2006 for cultural heritage information; and, also, I served as first Chair of the Multimedia Working Group of CIDOC, the International Documentation Committee of the International Council of Museums . A detailed Curriculum Vitae (updated August 2011) is available for download.