I am Assistant Professor at the International Hellenic University, School for Science and Technology in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Public Governance Institute, Belgium.
My teaching and research focus on the areas of business information systems, eGovernment, eParticipation, eCommerce, interoperability, open and linked data, information management strategies and semantic web technologies. I always try to create bridges between the business and technology worlds, as well as between scientific/academia and professional communities. I enjoy working for the digital transformation of modern organisations.
From 2010 – 2016, I have worked as Programme Manager in the European Commission, Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administration (ISA/ISA2) Programme being in charge for semantic interoperability and open data.
Amongst others, I initiated the work on Core Vocabularies, DCAT-AP, ADMS and I have been the content coordinator for the revised European Interoperability Framework which was published by the European Commission as part of COM(2017) 134, 23.3.2017.
I’ve been Research Fellow and eGovernment cluster leader in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute in Galway, Ireland (now INSIGHT). There amongst others, I initiated DCAT (the Data Catalogue vocabulary), currently a W3C standard, together with my master student Fadi Maali and Richard Cyganiak. DCAT-AP, currently a de facto open data standard in Europe, is an application profile based on DCAT.
Before that, I worked as researcher and consultant in various organizations, including the United Nations, Department of Public Economy and Public Administration (DPEPA) (2000-2003) and the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. I initiated and coordinated several international R&D projects in the area of Electronic Government (e.g. Infocitizen, EU-Publi.com, SemanticGov, etc).
I’ve published over 100 scientific papers and served as editor, program committee member and reviewer in more than 60 scientific journals, books, conferences. The Publish or Perish tool on 01/04/2017, gives me an H-index of 25 and more than 2000 references to my work.