DARIAH’s Joint Research Committee (JRC) decided unanimously on Agiatis Benardou to co-head Virtual Competence Center (VCC) “Research and Education”.
Agiatis Benardou is a Senior Research Associate in the Digital Curation Unit, ATHENA R.C., as well as a Fellow in Panteion University in Athens where she teaches Digital Curation. “We are especially happy about appointing Agiatis during our last meeting. She has been involved in many DARIAH projects and initiatives from its very beginning. She knows the consortium well, which makes her a very valuable VCC head, as well as an important member of our Joint Research Committee”, says Andrea Scharnhorst, DARIAH-EU’S Chief Integration Officer, and Chair of the Joint Research Comittee”.
Agiatis and DARIAH
Agiatis was already involved in the preparation phase of DARIAH and then in DARIAH-EU’s VCC “Research and Education” where she worked in various working groups, such as the VRE Blueprint, and DiMPO (The Digital Methods and Practices Observatory). She also served as co-Chair of the Community Building working group, and worked for #DARIAHTeach.
Agiatis succeeds Jennifer Edomond (DARIAH-IR), who is now part of the DARIAH Board of Directors. Together with Marianne Ping Huang (DARIAH-DK) Agiatis is responsible for the activities of VCC “Research and Education” and its related working groups. As a VCC Head she will also represent her VCC in DARIAH’s Joint Research Committee. VCC “Research and Education” promotes and supports the use of research data and ICT methods and technologies, including the DARIAH infrastructure.
Agiatis was born in Athens, Greece. She completed her BA and MA in Ancient History at King’s College London, where she was later awarded her PhD in Archaeology. She also holds an MA in Cultural Management and Communication from Panteion University in Athens.
Her research interests lie in the fields of scholarly research practices and user requirements. She is particularly interested in how digital tools and methods can provide new gateways through which research communities gain access to, create, revisit and repurpose research data, processes and infrastructures.
Next to DARIAH-EU, Agiatis has carried out extensive research as project member of various EU initiatives, such as EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure), ARIADNE, NeDiMAH, Europeana Cloud, DARIAH-GR/DYAS, ARK4 and Europeana Research. Additionally Agiatis has worked for a number of public and private organisations in the Greek cultural sector.