Participants Roundtable 2

Digital Humanities in the API Economy

Raman Ganguly - (Moderator) Technical director of Phaidra

About: Raman Ganguly earned his degree in Media Engineering at the St. Pölten University of Applied Science, and he is a Level C IPMA project manager. Before finishing his university degree, he worked as a software developer in different companies and headed web-development departments at two media agencies.

He became part of the team of the Computer Centre at the University of Vienna in 2008. Since 2011 one of his main focuses is the management and archiving of research and educational data. In this capacity he is responsible for designing the technical infrastructure of the data management ecosystem of the University and for the sustainable operation of the technical infrastructure for long-term data preservation. He is the technical director of the PHAIDRA digital asset management system for long-term preservation. PHAIDRA is currently used by the University of Vienna and 21 institutions throughout Europe.

Marta Palandri — software developer


Marta Palandri, software developer, originally earned her Master’s degree in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (University of Vienna). In her free time she likes to explore the meeting point between literature and technology. She joined the University of Applied Arts Vienna as a back-end developer in 2020.

Prof. Franco Niccolucci - Former professor of the University of Florence


Franco Niccolucci is the director of VAST-LAB research laboratory at PIN in Prato, Italy. A former professor at the University of Florence until 2008, he has directed the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, until 2013. Prof Niccolucci has coordinated several EU-funded projects on the applications of Information Technology to Archaeology, and is currently the coordinator of ARIADNEplus, a research infrastructure on archaeological data. His main research interests concern knowledge organization of archaeological documentation and the communication of cultural heritage. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of JOCCH, the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage. He has authored about 100 papers and book chapters.

Prof. Elisabetta Lazzaro — Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries Management



Elisabetta Lazzaro is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries Management at the Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts (UK). Her research focuses on the economics, management, entrepreneurship and policy of the arts, culture and creative industries, including the boundary-spanning challenges and opportunities for cultural heritage and applied digitisation as drivers for sustainable socio-economic innovation in urban and regional development.  

Dr Arianna Ciula — Senior Analyst and Deputy Director


Arianna worked as Science Officer at the European Science Foundation (Humanities) in Strasbourg (France) from 2009 to 2012. Her primary responsibilities included the supervision of instruments to fund collaborative research in the humanities and the coordination of strategic activities related to the works of the Standing Committee for the Humanities.

She lived in Singapore until recently where she continued working as free lance consultant for the ESF on research evaluation missions and peer review activities as well as maintaining an active role in the digital humanities community by serving in international committees and contributing to various activities in the field. She recently relocated to London where she is looking forward to combine her freelance work with new exciting professional experiences.

As Research Associate at Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, she worked on various digital humanities research projects as leading analyst or support.

Her personal research interests focus on the modelling of scholarly digital resources related to primary sources. Modelling is at the essence of language and knowledge, an act that is refractory to classification as much as revealing about what we humans are and are not.

She lectured and published on digital humanities, in particular on digital palaeography and digital philology, scholarly representation and modelling; she has organised conferences and workshops in digital humanities, and is an active member of its international community.

Arianna graduated with BA (Hons) in Communication sciences (computational linguistics) at the University of Siena in 2001. She received an MA in Applied Computing in the Humanities from King's College London in 2004 and was awarded her PhD in Manuscript and Book Studies from the University of Siena in 2005.