Pericles project
Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics


Interviews with project partners - Part 1

PERICLES draws project partners from several different disciplines & domains. In the following videos a number of these partners are introduced and you can hear more about their role in the project and what they have found most engaging in their work so far.

Please note a transcription of all of the videos can be downloaded here.

In the first video you can hear an overview of our research from the Project Coordinator Mark Hedges, followed by the views of those researchers and research practitioners driving the use cases and technical implementation.



Mark Hedges is the project coordinator for PERICLES. Mark is a senior lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and the Director of the Centre for e-Research at King’s. Mark is active in research and development activities in the fields of digital libraries, digital archives, and research infrastructures.



The PERICLES team at King’s College London includes Simon Waddington, the PERICLES Co-Investigator.  Simon is a Research Fellow at King’s and holds a PhD in mathematics. He has 12 years’ R&D experience in the digital broadcast and mobile telecommunications industries, as well as 6 years as an academic researcher.


Pericles draws use cases from two domains Art & Media and Science.

Hear about TATE’s contribution to PERICLES from Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research and Anna Henry, Digital Preservation Manager. TATE is a family of four galleries, TATE Britain, TATE Modern, TATE Liverpool and TATE St. Ives. TATE holds the United Kingdom's national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.


Pip comes from a conservation background, having established time-based media conservation at TATE in the mid-90s before taking on her current role leading and supporting research in the care of TATE’s collections. Pip received her doctorate from University College London and is interested in supporting better communication between academic and practitioner researchers. Pip leads TATE’s contribution to PERICLES.



Anna comes from an archive background and is currently responsible for coordinating the digital preservation activities across TATE. Anna is interested in applying the digital preservation structures and architectures developed within PERICLES to the management of TATE’s growing and diverse collections of high value digital assets.


The following are short video presentations from the partners engaged in research related to the development of software based solutions and the integration framework for digital preservation within PERICLES:


Hear from Stratos Kontopoulos, a Post Doctoral Researcher at ITI CERTH. ITI is the Information Technology Institute in Thessaloniki, in northern Greece. Stratos actively contributes specialist knowledge of semantic models, policies and preservation research to PERICLES.



Stavros Tekes is the Chief Technology Officer at DOTSOFT in Thessaloniki. Stavros is a trained Electrical and Computer Engineer and is engaged with developing the integration framework architecture of the PERICLES project.



Jens Ludwig is the Deputy Head of the Research and Development department at the Göttingen State and University Library. Jens has a background in philosophy, computer science and library & information science. Jens is leading the work on ecosystem environments and contributing his expertise in digital preservation models to the project.



Rani Pinchuk is the team leader for the Knowledge Management team at Space Applications Services, an independent Belgian space technology company. Rani has over 15 years of experience as software engineer. Rani is contributing to PERICLES within the context of requirements gathering and specification, software evaluation, and standards development. Rani works closely with the Belgian User Support and Space Operations Centre (B.USOC).



Christian Muller is Science Coordinator and Knowledge Manager at B.USOC, a services centre of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO)/R&S division with a mission to provide operational services for Belgian scientific institutions and space agencies. Christian lends his expertise and support to the project through access to experimental data from the International Space Station (ISS) which feeds into scenario development and ontological descriptions. In this video Christian describes how the work carried out within PERICLES has supported the introduction of the solar equation into the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.



Jean-Pierre Chanod is the Enterprise Architecture Area Manager at the Xerox Research Centre Europe. His main research interests relate to natural language understanding, document processing, and process modelling and it is with this expertise that Jean-Pierre leads the work related to the modelling of resource dependencies in evolving ecosystems.



Odysseas Spyroglou is the CEO of DOTSOFT. Coming from an Engineering background he has spent the last 10 years focusing on IT training, business analysis and project management on ICT related projects. Odysseas is responsible for the overall project management on behalf of DOTSOFT and is involved in methodology development, requirements analysis, and the potential exploitation of the project's results.



Paul Watry is Professor of Computational Linguistics at the University of Liverpool, where he has managed text and data mining projects for the past decade. Paul’s research interests include the management and analysis of electronic documents as well as critical investigations of language analysis as applied to digital media. In PERICLES Paul is responsible for the contribution of the University of Liverpool relating to the integration of test-beds as well as developing processes for preservation ecosystems.



Rob Baxter is the Software Development Group Manager at the Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre (EPCC). He has a PhD in Computational Physics and over fifteen years’ experience of distributed software project management. Rob is leading EPCC’s contribution on the design and implementation of integration frameworks and API’s as well as test-bed development and architecture design characteristics.



Sándor Darányi is a Professor in the Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås (HB). His areas of research are advanced access to digital libraries, including automatic indexing, automatic classification, information retrieval and information visualization; digital preservation; narrative genomics for the study of intangible cultural heritage (e.g. mythologies and tales); quantum interaction; and evolving semantics. Sándor is leading HB’s contribution to the project related to contextualized content interpretation and capturing of content semantics.


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