... is currently serving as director of the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (Austrian Academy of Sciences). He is also lecturer of Arabic and Modern Persian at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Vienna.
Proceeding from a background in Near Eastern Studies (with a focus on modern languages and applied linguistics), he has been working at the interface between modern IT and Arts and Humanities disciplines throughout his academic life. He has conducted research in a wide range of text technological fields taking a special interest in eLexicography, text lexicography, methodologies for the built-up and maintenance of digital corpora, annotation research and corpus-related encoding standards.
In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in digital infrastructures, digital infrastructure components and their role in digital humanities. He has grown involved in many activities of the European research infrastructure consortia CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) and DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructures for the Arts and Humanities) where he has been active in a number of bodies. On the Austrian level, he has been coordinating (on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy) the Austrian CLARIN and DARIAH activities since January 2014. On the European level, he served as co-head of the DARIAH-EU Virtual Competency Centre I (e-Infrastructures) from 2011 until 2014. Currently, he is deputy head of the DARIAH-EU National Coordinators Committee, member of DARIAH’s Senior Management Team and Co-head of CLARIN’s Standards Committee.
In early 2015, he was entrusted by the Presidium of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with the task of building up the new Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the foundation of which he had helped to prepare in the months before.
Currently, the main areas of research are:
For a list of publications look at http://www.oeaw.ac.at/acdh/en/biblio?f[author]=12