Dr. Rainer Simon

I'm a Senior Scientist and Research Software Engineer at the Digital Insight Lab at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. My work revolves predominantly around the use of semantic technologies and Linked Data in the Digital Humanities and Digital Library fields. I always had a passion for maps, and in many of my projects I have been dealing with geospatial or cartographic data. Presently, I serve as the Technical Director for Pelagios, an international initative that aims to foster better linkages between online resources documenting the past. I am also the technical lead for the open source project Recogito, an award-winning online annotation environment for texts and images.

As an avid software developer for more than 15 years, I've had decent exposure to a range of programming languages, including Java, Python, PHP, Groovy, C# and C++, although my favourite languages nowadays are JavaScript, Scala, and Ruby.

Prior to my current position, I worked as a researcher and project manager at the Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, where I also did my PhD in the area of mobile geospatial applications; and as a systems architect for a major Austrian mobile network operator. (There's also a slightly extended - and more academic - version of my bio available here.)