The University of Athens is one of the major higher degree public educational institutions in Greece. The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (http://www.di.uoa.gr and http://www.madgik.di.uoa.gr) belongs to the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Department staff consists of 40 academic staff members and over 100 PhD candidates and research associates. The research and development activities within the Department cover a wide spectrum of Information and Communication technologies. The department maintains expertise in several topics of Computer Science such as Databases and Knowledge Bases, Data Mining, Digital Libraries, User Interfaces, Personalization, Data Warehouse, Cloud-Computing, Distributed and Web Information Systems, GIS-based Management and Workflow Systems, and Software Engineering. The department is home to four ERC Research Grants and is involved in several funded ICT research and development projects. The faculty, research staff and students participate in a large number of projects (more than 100) of European and national scale, funded by EU Programmes (H2020 and previously FP6 and FP7) as well as the Operational Program for Education and Initial Vocational Training funded by the Greek Ministry of Education.
UoA is highly involved in Open Science and by coordinating OpenAIRE Infrastructure, it has key personnel that are members of the Management of Data, Information, & Knowledge Group (http://madgik.di.uoa.gr/), closely affiliated with Athena Research and Innovation Centre. The team has a rich and long experience in several topics of Computer Science such as Database and Information Systems (Distributed Query Processing & Optimization, Heterogeneous Systems, Intelligent Databases), Data Analytics (Machine Learning, Knowledge Discovery, Text and Data Mining, Data Warehouses, Workflow Management), Scientific Systems (eHealth Systems, Scientific Experiment Management, Scientific Database Systems), Social Information Systems (Personalization, Social Networking, Sentiment Analysis), Digital Libraries (Information Integration and Access, Grid-Services, Cultural Heritage Systems), Human-Computer Interaction (Database User Interfaces, Complex Data Visualization). They participate in a large number of national and European projects on the above areas and deal with a wide variety of applications, such as agricultural science, medicine, cultural heritage, space sciences, and others.
In the context of OpenUP, UoA will be cordinating the Work Package on Outreach and Exploitation of the project in aim to (a) contribute to a more open science research ecosystem through the optimal circulation of knowledge and (b) release and disseminate the research results.