Presenter Bios

Tolga Çakmak, is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. He previously worked as an assistant librarian in various libraries. He was also vice president of University and Research Librarians' Assocition in Turkey and he is a member of European RDA Interest Group (EURIG). He graduated from the Department of Information management in 2008 and studied information technologies at the Middle East Technical University. His main research interests are information organization, museum informatics, cultural heritage, digital libraries and digitization.

Giulia Coletti has a specialist degree in History and Information Science (Storia e Scienze della Documentazione) at Università degli Studi di Perugia, and actually is the responsible for digital projects in Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello.

Predrag Djukic, assistant director in The Belgrade City Library responsible for IT and digitisation development. He holds MA degree in LIS from the University of Belgrade. Mr. Djukic participated in CALIMERA project, PULMAN-XT and since 2009 in AccessIT, AccessIT Plus, Europeana Awareness and LoCloud - Europeana related projects as well as DiXL an EU LLP project.

Joachim Fugleberg works as adviser at the digital repository section at NRA. In the LoCloud project he works as technical adviser for the content delivery of NRA to Europeana through LoCloud's tools

Prof. Dr. Walter Koch received a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from University of Graz in 1970. He is director of AIT Ltd. (Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH) and professor at the University of Graz (lecturer in the European Masters programme for "European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society). Furthermore he is chairperson of the CSC Content Service Centre and head of the Steinbeis Transferzentrum (IMCHI – Information Management and Cultural Heritage Informatics). Prof. Koch's relevant experience includes: From 1981 to 2011: professor for computer science and mathematics at the Graz technical university. From 1976 to 1998: Head of different research institutes at JOANNEUM RESEARCH Ltd. in Graz. Consultant and contractor to different national and international organizations (eg UNESCO, DFG,EC, ESA, Austrian ministries, Graz municipality) Member of several national and international scientific associations (eg. board member of CIDOC/ICOM, chair of the CIDOC working group MPI, member of VÖB, DGI) / Project experience (here enlisted: recent years with focus on cultural heritage): bibliographic information, information systems, IT‐management, EU Projects (TAP, Raphael, TenTelecom, IST – Information Society Technologies, Interreg IIIB, CIMI, EUREKA ‐ is a pan‐European network for market‐oriented, industrial R&D): IST: COVAX ‐Contemporary Culture Virtual Archives in XML, OpenHeritage ‐Enabling the European Culture Economy, CULTIVATE ‐Cultural Heritage Application Network, REGNET – Cultural Heritage in REGional NETworks (Coordinator); Interreg IIIB: MEDIA.ALP; econtentplus, DISMARC DIScovering Music ARChives, EuropeanaLocal; ICT PSP: Europeanav01, EuropeanaConnect, BHL Europe, OpenUp!, LoCloud. Project management and scientific consulting of the cataloguing and digitising project for cultural heritage in South Tyrol (Bolzano).

Prof. Dr. Özgür Külcü, is a professor in the Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Previously he worked as a records manager in various public organizations. He is now Director of Team Turkey of InterPARES 3 Project which is International project on the authenticity, reliability and long term protection of electronic records. He wrote his doctorial thesis, Records Management in the Term of Quality Management and Quality System Documentation in Turkish Public Universities, in 2005. He is a lecturer on institutional information and records management at Hacettepe University since 2001. His main research interests are records management, quality management, and quality system documentation, particularly the analysis of institutional administrative systems. His work has been presented at national and international conferences and has been published in several journals. 

Rimvydas Laužikas is an Professor of digital humanities and the Head of the Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary fields of educology, archaeology and communication and information science. Rimvydas's research interests cover medieval archaeology, the use of computers in cuntural heritage and humanities, information and >communication of cultural heritage, museology, history of gastronomy in Lithuania. He has represented the Faculty in European projects such as Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europeana, Local content in a Europeana cloud, and Europeana Food and Drink.

Richard Leeming is the External Relationship Manager at the Research and Education Space, a partnership between the BBC, Jisc and the BUFVC. RES is an open platform which uses Linked Open Data to index and organise assets from the world's cultural collections including Libraries, Museums, Art galleries and more. RES will provide the foundation for a series of apps, websites and digital products to deliver those assets into schools, universities and any institution where people come to learn. See:

Jasmina Ninkov, the director of The Belgrade City Library. Member of the working group on culture of the European Bureau of Library, Museums and Archives, Standing Committee of the IFLA Metlib, national coordinator for the EC projects such as PULMAN, CALIMERA, AccessIT, AccessITplus, Europeana Awaerness, DiXL, LoCloud. President of the Serbian Library Association. Member of several working groups in the Ministry of Culture of Serbia.

Sorina Stanca is director of the “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has a degree in Physics at “Babeş-Bolyai” University and a post graduate study in library and information science. I participate at numerous trainings in Romania and other countries. She has a long experience of working public libraries since 1996.Sorina was involved in several European Projects since 1998 and also in different national projects in library field. She has a very good expertise in project management and very good experience in the planning and organising workshops and conferences. She worked in the following European projects: PLDP, PULMAN, CALIMERA, LIBER-IMMS, and coordinate ENTITLE, EuropeanaLocal, Europeana Awareness and Locloud. She gave presentations in many conferences organised in Romania and other countries. She is member of the standing comity of Romanian National Public Library Association and Europeana Network Association Member Council.

Marcin Werla, Head of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department at PSNC (Poland). Involved in digital libraries activities since 2002, collaborates with Europeana since 2009. In LoCloud responsible for LoCloud Collections service as well as the support portal.

Holly Wright received an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of York. Currently, she is European Projects Manager at the Archaeology Data Service (ADS); a national archive for archaeological data in the UK ( She currently manages ADS involvement in three large-scale European projects, including LoCloud, ARIADNE and NEARCH.

Agnès Vatican is an archivist-paleographer and general heritage curator. Since 2013 she manages the Archives départementales of Gironde, enriched with a 70 line-km fund over Gironde’s History, from the Middle-Ages to today. Over the last few years, she has been involved in a Regional Digital Poll working to implement the digitisation and communication policy of the Archives départementales.

Prof. Dr. Bülent Yılmaz, graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Library Science, where he received both his MS and PhD. His theses were on reading habits and the public library in Turkey. He edited Turkish Librarianship and was the Vice President of the Turkish Librarians’ Association 1996–1998 and Assistant Editor of Information World in 2000. He was the National Coordinator of PULMAN-XT, AccessIT, EMPATIC and LoCloud EU Projects 2005–2015. He is at present a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Turkish Librarianship and Information World and Professor and Head of Department in Hacettepe University Department of Information Management. His academic interests are public libraries, reading habits, professional ethics, information policy, organization of information, communication.