Anastasia Dimou

Anastasia Dimou is a scientific researcher at Multimedia Lab, Ghent University, active in the research of (Linked) Open Data and Semantic Web technologies. She graduated from two Masters: Master in technologies for e-Government from University of Trento, Italy (UNITN) in 2009 and Master in Web Science from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece in 2012. Her Master thesis, “Exploring Scientific Knowledge using Linked Data”, dealt with the transformation of scientific Classifications into Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and the emergence of mappings between the distinct scientific Classification Schemes . Lately, her main research interest and expertise is related to knowledge representation, integration and management. She is focused on mapping and interlinking heterogeneous data sources to semantically annotate and integrate knowledge while and after publishing Linked Data.

Andreas Panagopoulos

Andreas Panagopoulos is an active journalist for 25 years. His experience spans all the kinds of journalism (print, radio, TV and web) and mostly in broadcast journalism from the beginning of his career covering all kinds of stories. He is News Director (2009-today) at Antenna TV, leader station in Greece, and the news site www.ant1news.gr (2013-today). He is candidate PhD student in Journalism at A.U.TH. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Communication. He graduated with excellence and was rewarded as the best student of the year. He has a bachelor in Business Administration of A.U.E.B. His studies and papers are published in international conferences and journals. He received the award for excellence in Journalism by the President of the Hellenic Republic from the Botsis Foundation (2014). He was granted the gold award for integrated reporting for the news site www.ant1news.gr in the Digital Media Awards (2014). He is married with two sons

Andreas Veglis

Andreas Veglis is Professor, head of the Media Informatics Lab at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics and Communications, and PhD in Computer Science, all from Aristotle University. From November of 2010 until February of 2015 he was head of the postgraduate programme of the Department of Journalism & Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In March of 2012 he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Department of Journalism Mass Media Communication. His research interests include information technology in journalism, new media, course support environments, data journalism, open data and distance learning. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, he has published 50 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 74 papers in international and national Conferences. Professor Veglis has been involved in 18 national and international research projects.

Anne-Lise Bouyer

COO, Journalism++

Anne-Lise Bouyer is the project manager and the COO of Journalism++, an agency for data-driven stories
After studying computer engineering, she worked 3 years as project manager in a web agency and for OWNI.fr.

She is a specialist in user experience and committed to applying her skills to innovative journalism. Her technical expertise, her skills in marketing and customer management enable her to have a 360-degree vision on all of the projects of Journalism++.



Anton Ruehling

Anton Rühling is leading the Transparency 1 programme at OpenOil, a Berlin-based publishing house and energy consultancy. Among others, he has been involved in setting up the OpenOil repository of most of the world's published oil contracts, a global concession index, as well as various corporate mapping projects. With his background in Middle Eastern Studies, he gets by in Arabic and tries his best with Swahili.

Bardhyl Jashari

Bardhyl Jashari is the director of Metamorphosis Foundation (FYROM). His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, media, civic activism, e-government and participation. He is a member of the first School of Data steering committee. Previously, he worked as Information Program Coordinator of the Foundation Open Society – FYROM. In both capacities, he has run national and international-scope projects, involving tight cooperation with other international organizations, governmental bodies, the business and the civic sector.
Bardhyl holds a master degree at Paris 12 University-Faculty of Public Administration (France) and an Information System Designer Degree from University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Cédric Lombion

Cédric Lombion has been studying and working on open Data and digital public services in France for several years. He now dedicates his time to the School of Data international network, as a trainer and community manager.

Charalampos Bratsas

Dr. Charalampos Bratsas is the founder of the Greek Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation and the President of its Administration Board, and he is a special member of the teaching staff in the School of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He teaches in the Departments of Mathematics, Journalism, Biology and Geology and on the MSc of Complex Systems in AUTH. He has extensive experience in Semantic Web with a focus on Linked Open Data Internationalization and Ontology engineering. Additionally he has been involved in ten EU research projects; his research interests include Data Mining algorithms, Semantic Web, Social Semantic Web, Internationalization of Linked Data, he is coordinator of Greek DBPedia, Applications of Statistical Knowledge, Data Journalism, as well as Neuroinformatics. He is the author of two theses, six chapters in books, eleven articles in journals, and more than thirty of his articles have been published in International conference proceedings. He has served as a programme committee member for more than fifteen conferences and acted as a reviewer for international journals.

Efthimios Tambouris

Efthimios Tambouris is an Associate Professor at the Applied Informatics Department, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. Before that, he served as a Researcher Grade D at the research center CERTH/ITI, at research center NCSR “Demokritos” and the IT industry. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an MSc and PhD from Brunel University, UK. During the last fifteen years he has initiated, coordinated and participated in several international research projects and service contracts funded by the European Union and the Greek public sector. He has served as an expert in standardisation activities at CEN and is a reviewer for the European Commission. He has more than 120 research publications.


Evangelos Kalampokis

Evangelos Kalampokis is a research assistant with the Information Technologies Institute of the Centre for Research & Technology - Hellas (CERTH-ITI) in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 2009, he is a PhD student at the Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Macedonia, Greece. He has also been a research intern at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), the largest Semantic Web Research centre worldwide, from October 2010 until November 2011. Evangelos Kalampokis holds a Diploma (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2003) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MSc in Business Administration-MBA (2006) from the University of Macedonia, Greece. His main research interests include Web Science, Open and Linked Data, Social Media, eGovernment and Data Mining. During the last six years, he has been working as a researcher in several European Union funded research projects (e.g FP7 OpenCube, FP7 Linked2Media, FP7 Granatum, FP7 Linked2Safety, CIP-PSP Rural Inclusion, LLP EATrain2) at CERTH-ITI, DERI-NUIG and the Research Institute of the University of Macedonia (URI).

George Arnett

George Arnett is a data reporter for the Guardian in London. He previously worked at the investigative website Exaro.

Ignasi Alcalde

Ignasi Alcalde holds Multimedia University degree, Master's degree in Information Society and Knowledge and several postgraduate courses in data analysis and visualization. Writer of information Visualization: form data to knowledge. (only in Spanish by now).  He is member of board in Spanish OKFN local chapter and also active member of School of data Network.  He is consultant and trainer in  knowledge management, innovation and data visualization. He teach at University of Catalonia and the UOC Business School and professor of interactive visualization of information in a master degree  in visual analytics and big data UNIR University

Jonathan Gray

Director of Policy and Research

Jonathan coordinates policy and advocacy activities to expand the open knowledge commons and helps to catalyse new projects and collaborations that use this commons to improve the world. He has helped to start numerous initiatives at Open Knowledge, including the Data Journalism Handbook, Europe’s Energy, the Open Data Challenge, OpenGLAM, OpenSpending, the Panton Fellowships and The Public Domain Review. He is also Doctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam and Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University.

Konstantinos Tarabanis

Dr. Konstantinos A. Tarabanis is Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Business Administration of the University of Macedonia, Greece, where he has taught since 1994. He is also the Director of the Information Systems Laboratory at the same university conducting research in the fields of electronic government and electronic business. He received an Engineering Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1983), an MS in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science (1984 and 1988, respectively), and a PhD in Computer Science (1991), at Columbia University, New York, NY. He was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, 1991–1994, and was employed by the IBM Corporation as a whole during 1984–1994. He received awards from IBM for his work in the field of 3D printing. He was also the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 1991 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. In recognition of his work in the field of electronic government, he was the recipient of the Best Paper Award in the eGovernment track at the European Conference on Information Systems in 2000. He served as guest editor of the “Transforming E-Government” issue of the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal in 2009. He has about 150 research publications in the areas of software modeling and development for the domains of e-government, e-business, e-learning, e-manufacturing.


Luis Meijueiro

Social Media Coordinator of the ePSI Platform 

Mr. Meijueiro has worked in consultancy services for eGovernment projects related to the deployment of broadband infrastructure and web applications in public institutions and business associations. In recent years Mr. Meijueiro has participated in projects linked with re-use of Public Sector Information, making use of Semantic Web technologies. His work for regional projects include the re-use strategy for the Government of Spain, and in the international arena he has collaborated with the International Development Research Council (IDRC) in the development of a theoretical model for measuring the maturity of Open Data initiatives. He is also the content and social media coordinator of the ePSI Platform (epsiplatform.eu), an European Commission project to foster Public Sector Information re-use. 

Marinos Papadopoulos

Dr. Marinos Papadopoulos is an Attorney-at-Law registered at the Athens Bar Association since 1996. He is a PhD (JSD equivalent) holder acquired from Athens Law School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in the subject of copyright on the Internet with a focus on Openness. He holds a degree from Athens Law School (JD equivalent) and a Master of Science (MSc) from Boston University in the discipline of Corporate Communication & Corporate Public Relations. He also has graduate studies at Harvard University in the discipline of Internet Law as well as the George Washington University in the discipline of Management. Marinos Papadopoulos is an active participant in international fora related to Internet Law (Information Technology and Law), Information Society, and Digital Strategy, and has rich professional experience in Information Law cases (Criminal, Civil, and Business Law) of clients from Greece and abroad. He has been the Legal Lead and the creator of the Creative Commons licenses v. 2.5 & v. 3.0 in Greece; he is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece and the creator of the Greek Open Data Commons (ODC) Open Database License (ODbL) of Open Knowledge Foundation. He also has extensive experience as specialized scientist and legal advisor in innovation projects funded by the European Commission and implemented in Greece and abroad (Turkey, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, French, United Kingdom, Italy, et.al.). His authorship includes many scientific papers and articles as well as academic and science publications in Greece, USA, UK and India.

Panagiotis Bamidis

Dr Panagiotis Bamidis is currently an Assist. Prof. in Medical School, AUTH. He has founded and is leading three working groups, namely, one in Medical Education Informatics, one in Assistive Technologies and Silver Science and one in Applied and Affective Neuroscience. In the last 6 years, he has been the co-ordinator of five large European projects (SmokeFreeBrain; www.meducator.net; www.longlastingmemories.eu, www.epblnet.eu, www.childrenhealth.eu) as well as the principal investigator for a number of national and international funded projects. His publication record consist of more than 85 international refereed journal papers, and over 300 international peer reviewed conference papers, as well as several book chapters / edited conference proceedings volumes and over some 470 citations (h-index>15). In addition, he has been acting as a referee in more than 30 journals, and as Guest Editor in more than 14 journal special issues. Finally, he is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society (ELEBIT), a member of the Administration Board of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations and Related Disorders, the Greek AeroSpace & Space Medicine Research Association, a member of the Life Sciences Division of the International Academy of Astronautics and past member of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has been the Chairman/Organiser of seven international conferences (iSHIMR2001, iSHIMR2005, MEDICON2010, GASMA2010, SAN2011, MEI2012, ΜΕΙ2015) and several national Biomedical Technology conferences and he is the Conference Producer of the Medical Education Informatics Conference and associated Spring/Summer School Series. He is a visiting scientist at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and a founding member of Chapter Greece. In 2009, he was awarded the Prize of the AUTH Research Committee for the Best Track Record in funded research projects among AUTH young academic staff.

His research interests are within Affective and Applied Neuroscience, Affective and Physiological Computing, multimodal interaction and HCI, technology enhanced learning in Medical Education (web2.0, semantic web and open linked data, serious games, virtual patients, PBL, learning analytics), Health Information Management, Bio-medical Informatics with emphasis on neurophysiological sensing, signal analysis, and imaging of human emotions, as well as, Assistive Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, as well as, special education/developmental disorders, and silvergaming/exergaming/silver-science.

Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, and is a Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London. He is the publisher of the influential Online Journalism Blog, and the co-founder of collaborative investigations network HelpMeInvestigate. He has written for both The Guardian and Telegraph Data Blogs, Press Gazette, Journalism.co.uk , InPublishing, Nieman Reports and the Poynter Institute in the US. His books include the Online Journalism Handbook, with former Financial Times web editor Liisa Rohumaa, Magazine Editing,with John Morrish, Scraping for Journalists,The Data Journalism Heist, and the longform ebook 8,000 Holes: How the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Lost its Way. Other books which Bradshaw has contributed to include Investigative Journalism (second edition), Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship; and Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives. Bradshaw has been listed in Journalism.co.uk ’s leading innovators in journalism and media and Poynter’s most influential people in social media. In 2010, he was shortlisted for Multimedia Publisher of the Year and in 2011 ranked 9th in PeerIndex's list of the most influential UK journalists on Twitter.

Stathis Konstantinidis

Stathis Konstantinidis is an Assistant Professor in e-Learning and Health Informatics in the School of Health Sciences of The University of Nottingham in UK. He holds a PhD in Medical Sciences focusing on Medical Education Informatics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He received his bachelor Degree in Computer Science from University of Crete, Greece, in 2004 and his MSc in Medical Informatics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007. He has over 10 years’ experience on EU, National (Greek) and interregional funded projects. He has published 1 book, 9 book chapters, 6 journal papers and over 30 peer reviewed conference papers. From 2006 until 2011 he was teaching at Technological Educational Institute of West Macedonia, Kozani, Greece. He was a researcher (2012-2014) for more than two years at the Northern Research Institute (NORUT) based at Trosmo, Norway. Currently he is the project coordinator of CAMEI (FP7 - CSA) (www.camei-project.eu). He was managing the Interregional project “Collaboration for the common confrontation of problems of health in the cross border region of Greece-FYROM” (INTERREG IIIA/ Greece-FYROM) and led the technical part of multiple projects like mEducator (EU eContentPlus Programme), “Smoking Cessation Network” (Greek Thoracic Sociaty), etc. He is active at the organisation of special tracks within conferences (IEEE CBMS conference) and participated among others in committees of MEDICON 2010 and MEI 2012. His research includes among other social networking, collaborative e-learning, social media, content sharing, retrieval and repurposing, educational standards, medical education informatics, virtual patients, linked open data, semantic web, serious games, human computer interaction for seniors, gamification and web-based health records.


Vassilios Vescoukis

M.Sc. (1991), Ph.D. (1996) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Assistant Professor of geo-information systems, school of Surveying Engineering, NTUA. His research interests include distributed and heterogeneous architectures for geo-information systems, integration of environmental simulation and operational optimization for natural hazards and industrial accidents, wireless sensor networks of high spatial density, open data, crowd-sourcing, and multi-dimensional web and spatial analytics. Head of research projects in natural hazards management, in-situ wireless sensor networks, integrated operational logistics, and contingency planning for industrial accidents. Involved in curriculum design and teaching of graduate and post-graduate courses of programming, databases, software engineering, algorithms and distributed systems. He is among the referees of the international journals "IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering" and "ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology". Authored more than 70 articles in journals, conferences and books. Member of IEEE, ACM and the Open Knowledge Foundation.