Congratulations to the three new members appointed earlier in Spring to lead DARIAH’s Virtual Competency Centres (VCCs) and join the Joint Research Committee (JRC). These three new members are:
Carmen Di Meo, Research Fellow at the OVI-CNR Institute in Florence, appointed as co-head of the Virtual Competency Centre (VCC) 4 on Advocacy, Impact and Outreach.
Maria Ilvanidou, Scientific Associate at the Digital Curation Unit, Athena Research Centre and at the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), appointed as co-head of the Virtual Competency Centre (VCC) 2 on Research and Education.
Tomasz Umerle, Assistant Professor at the Digital Humanities Centre and Bibliographical Department of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN), appointed as a member of the Joint Research Committee.
About Carmen Di Meo
Carmen Di Meo is a Research Fellow at the OVI-CNR Institute in Florence, where she works as Coordination Officer for the DARIAH-IT (Developing nAtional and Regional Infrastructural nodes of dAriaH in ITaly) National node, under the supervision of National Node Coordinator, Dr. Emiliano Degl’Innocenti. After the completion of her PhD studies in the History of British Art Criticism (2017, Rome – Sapienza University), she was appointed as Joint Post-Doc Fellow at the Department of Art History and Architecture in Groningen, Rijkuniversiteit (NL), and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Netherlandish Institute in Florence (NIKI – Florence). She later worked as Course Instructor and Coordinator at the Faculty of Arts, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2018-2019), and also gained experience as Teacher in public schools. In early 2021 she joined the OVI-CNR Institute in Florence as Research Fellow. In 2022 she took a University degree in Special Educational Needs. Her research interests are data communities in Heritage Science and Humanities; Visual Arts’ Media and Techniques in Early European Illumination and Mural Painting (XIV and XV century); Special Needs and Inclusive Education.
Relationship with DARIAH
Carmen is working towards enhancing the level of information and awareness about the DARIAH-IT network’s activities and services to selected research communities in Digital Arts and Humanities across Europe. She is also involved in promoting the network’s growth through the shape of new partnerships with Research Performing Organisations and federated National RIs. She is also in charge of curating relationships with liaison officers in Research centers and Universities, with the aim of supporting the cooperation with Arts and Humanities Research Communities in Research centers, Universities and National cultural institutions, with a data–driven approach.
Previously, she worked for the development of the Arts and Humanities Data Pilot in the “Data Communities” WP of the SSHOC – Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (H2020-INFRAEOSC-04-2018) Project for her home institution, and had been therefore responsible for the planning of joint research activities with National GLAM Institutions (Archives, Libraries and Museums) and other EU Research Centers with a focus on Art History and Architecture, and in the common sharing of know-hows about using ICT tools and technologies in A&H disciplines.
About Maria Ilvanidou
Maria Ilvanidou is a Scientific Associate at the Digital Curation Unit, Athena Research Centre and at the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). Maria graduated in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens (2001) and holds a MSc in Cultural Informatics and Heritage Management from the University of Crete (2005). For the last 20 years she has been working extensively in various national and international digital humanities projects at research centres, universities, and the GLAM sector. Since 2020 she has also been an instructor at MSc in Digital Methods for Humanities and Social Sciences at AUEB. Her research interests include digital history, digital archaeology, GIS and spatial humanities, cultural heritage management, and communication.
Relationship with DARIAH
Maria’s involvement with DARIAH at a national level started back in 2010, when she contributed to the feasibility study and establishment of DARIAH-GR. Since 2018, she is the project manager of APOLLONIS infrastructure, the national counterpart to CLARIN and DARIAH in Greece, on behalf of Athena RC. She co-coordinated the DARIAH-THEME 2020/2021 funded project “DH goes Viral” and was part of the local organisation team of the DARIAH 2022 Annual Event in Athens.
About Tomasz Umerle
Tomasz Umerle is an Assistant Professor at the Digital Humanities Centre and Bibliographical Department of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN). Tomasz graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan in literary studies and holds a PhD from AMU in the humanities with a specialisation in literary studies. He also holds a postgraduate degree in pedagogical preparation and information science and librarianship. He has been working at the IBL PAN since 2015.
At IBL PAN, he is responsible for managing the research infrastructure of the Digital Humanities Centre, coordinating the Computations R&D lab and running day-to-day operations of bibliographical services (Polish Literary Bibliography and European Literary Bibliography).
His research interests include scientific and cultural metadata, the role of R&D/R&I in research infrastructures for SSH and empirical research on European culture.
Relationship with DARIAH
At the DARIAH-EU level, Tomasz has been a co-head of the Bibliographical Data Working Group since 2019. In 2022 the Working Group published a landscape analysis of bibliographical data in the humanities and obtained funding as part of the DARIAH Theme Funding Call in 2022 for their project Open Bibliodata Workflows. At the level of DARIAH-PL, Tomasz has been one of the creators of a successful bid that resulted in a project “Dariah.lab Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities DARIAH-PL” which started in 2020. In this project Tomasz is leading a Semantic data lab and is a part of the project’s management team.
The Joint Research Committee organises the integration of DARIAH’s technical developments and innovation activities. It is chaired by DARIAH’s Chief Integration Officer (CIO) and consists of the Heads of each of DARIAH’s Virtual Competency Centres.