Dr. Rainer Simon

I'm a Senior Scientist at the Digital Insight Lab at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. My work revolves 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 Commons, an international initative that aims to foster better linkages between online resources documenting the past. I am also the technical lead for the Recogito annotation platform. As an avid software developer, I have more than 10 years of experience with Java, and over time had decent exposure to a range of other languages, including Python, Groovy, Ruby, C# and C++. Recently, though, I love to write my code mainly in Scala and JavaScript. (There's also a slightly extended - and more academic - version of my bio available here.)

Prior to my current position, I worked as a researcher and project manager at the Telecommunications Research Center Vienna in the area of mobile multimedia services and the mobile Web, with a particular focus on geographical applications for mobile devices, and as a systems architect for a major Austrian mobile network operator. My PhD thesis entitled "Mobilizing the Geospatial Web: A Framework and Conceptual Model for Spatially Aware Mobile Web Applications" (completed in 2008) investigated how the boost of innovation that Web mapping and mashup technologies had brought to the World Wide Web can be transferred to the mobile domain. It is available for download from the library of the Vienna University of Technology.