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sional interests include collaborative learning,
knowledge modelling and management, and the
design and evaluation of educational modelling
and visualisation tools.
Kristˇf NyÝri, Institute for Philosophical
Research of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences, Hungary
Kristˇf NyÝri, born in 1944, is a Member of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Director of
the Institute for Philosophical Research of the
Academy. He studied mathematics and philosophy
at the University of Budapest, where he has been
Professor of Philosophy since 1986. He was visiting
professor in Austria, Finland and the US. His main
fields of research are the history of philosophy in the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the impact
of communication technologies on the organisation
of ideas and social and political organisation. Some
of his main publications include: Tradition and
Individuality, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992; `Electronic
Networking and the Unity of Knowledge', in
Stephanie Kenna and Seamus Ross (eds.), Networking
in the Humanities, London: Bowker-Saur, 1995;
`The Concept of Knowledge in the Context of
Electronic Networking' (The Monist, July 1997);
`Towards a Philosophy of Virtual Education', in
Marilyn Deegan and Harold Short (eds.), DRH 99,
London: King's College, 2000; `The Picture Theory
of Reason', in Berit Brogaard and Barry Smith
(eds.), Rationality and Irrationality,Wien: ÷bv-hpt,
2001; and `From the Information Society to
Knowledge Communities', in Kristˇf NyÝri, ed.,
Mobile Communication: Essays on Cognition and
Community,Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003. URL for
further information:
Sofia Pescarin, National Research Council
ITABC, Istituto per Le Tecnologie Applicate
ai Beni Culturali, Rome, Italy
Sofia Pescarin has a degree in Archaeology from
the University of Bologna and a PhD in History
and Computing. She specialises in the field of
information technology applied to cultural heritage.
Since 1996 she has been involved with the CINECA
Supercomputing Centre of Bologna, in the Visuali-
sation Lab (VIS.I.T.:
Since 2002, she has been a fellowship researcher at
CNR ITABC (Institute of Technologies Applied to
Cultural Heritage, Rome) in the Virtual Heritage
Lab. Here she is involved in the Appia Antica project
( and in the
creation of Desktop Virtual Reality applications for
archaeological missions in Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.
Dr Pescarin has worked on numerous national
and international projects, such as NUME (New
Electronic Museum for the city of Bologna); the
Scrovegni Chapel project as technical director
(realisation of a multimedia room opened in Padova
in March 2003:
giottoVR), and the E-Culture Net project.
She writes for the magazine MondoGIS and is
responsible for the Web content management of
the GeoEsplora portal (
She has published various articles on archaeology,
GIS and Virtual Reality. In 2000,WhiteStar Edition
published Dr Pescarin's book: `Rome. Archaeological
guide to the eternal city'.
Seamus Ross, HATII, University of Glasgow,
Dr Seamus Ross is Director of Glasgow University's
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information
Institute (HATII). He is also Director of ERPANET
(Electronic Resource Preservation and Network)
(IST-2001-32706), a European Union funded
accompanying measure to enhance the preservation
of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects.
Previously he was Assistant Secretary for Information
Technology at the British Academy, and before that
worked for a company specialising in expert systems
and software development, as a software engineer
and then in management. He researches, lectures
and publishes widely on information technology
and digital preservation. Dr Ross acts as ICT advisor
to the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a monitor for a
number of large ICT-based projects in the UK. He is
a member of a number of international organisations
including the DLM-Monitoring Committee of the
European Commission, the Research Libraries
Group's PRESERV Working Group on Preservation
Issues of Metadata, and InterPARES (as well as Co-
Chair of its European Team).
Bruce Royan, Concurrent Computing, UK
Bruce Royan has over 30 years' experience in the
field of digital cultural, information and learning
support services, working initially with British
Telecom, the London Borough of Camden and
The British Library. In 1976, he moved to Scotland
as Head of Systems at the National Library and
during the mid-80s he established a national
information network for schools, universities,
colleges and libraries in Singapore.
He returned to the UK as Principal Information
Systems Consultant with Infologistix Ltd, consult-
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