Athena Research and Innovation Centre in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies


Athena Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (Athena RC) is a public research organisation, operating under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education and consisting of three research institutes: the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), the Industrial Systems Institute (ISI), and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS).

The Digital Curation Unit (DCU), now part of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, was launched in 2007 as part of Athena Research Centre. Its mission is to conduct research, develop technologies and applications, provide services and training, and act as a national centre in the field of digital curation. DCU takes an interdisciplinary approach, taking into account the full lifecycle of digital assets and the combined use of methods, techniques and tools from the fields of informatics, management and decision sciences, library science and archives management, material culture studies, museology and communications, epistemology, and law. DCU focuses on developing and supporting standards and methodologies, environments for digital archiving and long-term preservation, semantically enhanced information, and ‘incubating’ good practices. Research areas include: domain knowledge representation, natural language processing techniques, approaches to database preservation, metadata interoperability, user models and communities, work flow models for the ingestion and preservation of data. DCU collaborates with digital curation centres in the UK, US and Canada. DCU has participated in the FP7 project DARIAH, EHRI and the CIP-ICT PSP project CARARE. On a national level DCU is involved in the construction of the Greek Research Infrastructure Network for the Humanities.


Tasks in LoCloud: requirements definition (WP1), specification and delivery of the LoCloud infrastructure including the development of the MoRe aggregator for LoCloud and the joint specification of the Lightweight Digital Library component of the infrastructure (WP2),  development of two SaaS applications (WP3).