Tradition Meets Innovation
National Library of Greece
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea
Athens, Greece
Founding Sponsors: Against the Grain Casalini Libri The Charleston Company
An informal meeting of leading library and information industry participants devoted to thinking through and debating the new world order in collection development.
Local Host 2020
For the first time, the Fiesole Retreat travels to Greece, where we will explore the current state of learning and scholarship in the age of digital initiatives, with the background of our shared rich cultural heritage. We extend our thanks to the National Library of Greece who will serve as our co-host and will welcome us to their beautiful new facility inside the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.

The Fiesole Retreat Series offers a unique opportunity to interact with a select group of your colleagues in a relaxed and thoughtful setting.

Speeches & Presentations

Listed in order of program schedule

Preliminary Program

Tuesday, April 7

 National Library of Greece at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tours of the National Library of Greece
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Buffet Lunch
Welcome and introduction
  • Event Host
    Filippos Tsimpoglou
    Director General, National Library of Greece, Greece
Innovation in Greece: A review of local projects and efforts
Aim of this session is to present some of the latest developments in the field of scholarly communication and digital humanities in the Greek academic and research context. Representatives from libraries and research centers will present on-going projects with an emphasis on the added value that their initiatives have brought and will explain how their efforts have transformed their fields. The authors will emphasise on the innovation aspects of their endeavours.
  • Convener
    Giannis Tsakonas
    Acting Director, Library & Information Center, University of Patras, Greece
1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
1:40 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Session One
Revitalizing the Curation of Humanities and Special Collections
  • Agiatis Benardou
    Digital Curation Unit, "ATHENA" R.C. and AUEB, Greece
    The Greek landscape of digital humanities initiatives: content, tools and methods
  • Dionysios Bennetos
    DH Lab, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
    Andreas Vyridis
    National Library of Greece, Greece
    The Open Greek and Latin Project in Athens: Contribution and Innovation
  • Ifigenia Vardakosta
    Head Librarian, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
    Getting on the map: Greek libraries and users modern geographical information needs
  • Marina Mavromichali
    Library & Information Center, Ionian University, Greece
    Eftychia Koufakou
    National Library of Greece, Greece
    The National Library of Greece electronic reading room: an initiative to promote electronic reading habits in Greece
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Session Two
Advances in Scholarly Communication and Open Science
  • Lia Ollandezou
    Coordinator, HEAL Link Consortium/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Library & Information Center, Greece
    Transforming the Greek Academic Libraries landscape: past growth, current characteristics and future developments
  • Nikolaos Mitrou
    National Technical University of Athens, Scientific Coordinator of the "Kallipos" project, Greece
    KALLIPOS: The Greek venture in the OERland
  • Eugenia Kyprioti
    Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
    Students as Researchers - They Analyze, Study, Present, Publish
  • Natalia Manola
    Research Center "Athena", Greece
    Open Science in Greece fostering collaborations and synergies
4:50 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Panel Discussion
5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception at the National Library of Greece
Dinner Open / On Your Own

Wednesday, April 8

 National Library of Greece at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Registration Open
9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:35 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote
  • Johan Rooryck
    Professor French Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Session One
Cultural Heritage: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities
How to deal with old materials and artifacts in contemporary ways (including preservation).
  • Convener
    Ann Okerson
    Center for Research Libraries, USA
  • Charles Henry
    President, Council on Library and Information Resources, USA
  • Elizabeth Niggemann
    Chair, Europeana Foundation Board, Netherlands
    Europeana: We Transform the World with Culture
  • Fackson Banda
    Programme Specialist, Memory of the World Programme, UNESCO, France
    Cultural Memory and Trust
  • Maria Georgopoulou
    Director, The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece
    Maria Georgopoulou was trained as an art historian and her scholarly work explores the artistic and cultural interactions of Mediterranean peoples in the Middle Ages. Her monograph Venice's Mediterranean Colonies: Architecture and Urbanism (Cambridge UP, 2001) examines the architecture of Venetian Crete. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at Yale University (1992-2004) where she also founded the Program for Hellenic Studies. She is currently the Director of the Gennadius Library at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. During her tenure, the Gennadius Library has expanded its academic offerings and developed new outreach programs to attract and educate an ever wider audience.
    Seeing Greek Culture Through the Eyes of Travelers, 16thCentury and Onward
    My presentation discusses the major collections of European traveler books in Greece, focusing primarily on the Gennadius Library, with forays onto other important collections, e.g. the Finopoulos collection at the Benaki Museum, the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, and the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation. The historical information found in these texts provides a rich testimony for the cultural heritage of Greece in the early modern period. Many of the European travelers who visited the Ottoman Empire, particularly in the Middle Ages, were pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. These accounts are supplemented by the accounts of merchants, sailors, ambassadors and, beginning largely in the sixteenth century, by a growing number of scholars, artists and tourists who came to the area in search of classical antiquity. It is this turn to Antiquarianism that signals the importance of Greece in the imagination of the Europeans. This body of material is relatively well-known to historians and archaeologists. The travelogues have been extensively studied primarily for the important historical information they include or as a special literary genre. Various indexing and imaging projects have been going on since the 1990s. Innovative Digital Humanities projects have recently sought to create new digital platforms that open up this unique historical knowledge to the world at large, and tie in the important historical maps of the same period. We look forward to see what that future will bring, especially Big Data projects such as the new European Project "Time Machine".
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Session Two
Copyright: Examining Approaches. How developments in the EU affect stakeholders
  • Convener
    Julien Roche
    Director of Libraries, Université de Lille, France
  • Ben White
    Chair of LIBER's Copyright and Legal Matters Working Groupand researcher at Bournemouth University's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, UK
    Digital Single Market Directive - a golden age for limitations and exceptions in Europe?
    In 2019 a major addition to the European copyright acquis, the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, entered into law. Many of the provisions aim to support research, education and libraries through the introduction of new limitations and exceptions. The talk will focus in particular on new provisions to support machine learning (TDM) and mass digitisation.
  • Piero Attanasio
    Head of International Affairs, R&D and Academic Publishing, Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE), Italy
    Copyright rules and competition policy: lessons learned from the European Directive and future challenges
    The recent European Copyright and DSM Directive is explicit in the use of copyright legislation as a tool to approach the "value gap" issue in the supply chain of creative industries. Strengthening the legal exclusivity of rightholders in their works is seen as a tool to weaken the dominant positions of web intermediaries, which base their market power on the technical exclusivity in social media platforms and on the associated network effect, which blocks new entries. However, the decision to broaden the scope of the TDM exception from research purpose only, so as to include commercial purposes, goes in the opposite direction. In this case, the rightholders position is weakened, and the effects on the same market are not taken into consideration. Applications of artificial intelligence to data and works published by users is a crucial competitive aspect. How to avoid that the combination between the new exception and the technical control by few players results in further consolidation of the oligopolistic nature of these markets is a challenge for EU member states in the phase of transposition of the Directive.
  • Armin Talke
    Legal Advisor, Berlin State Library and Head, Legal Commission, German Library Association, Germany
    The implementation of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market what's the point for german libraries and research institutions?

3:50 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.: Break
  • Prodromos Tsiavos
    Head of Digital and Innovation, Onassis Group, Greece
    Digital Policies in the era of cyberbalkanization: Understanding the challenges of openness in a disconnected world
  • Marinos Papadopoulos
    Attorney-at-Law, National Library of Greece, Greece
    Copyright in pratice? Empirical Research on Web Harvesting in the process of Text and Data Mining in National Libraries of EU Member States
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Conference Dinner
Sponsored by EBSCO
  • Dinner Speaker
    Filippos Tsimpoglou
    Director General National Library of Greece, Greece

Thursday, April 9

 National Library of Greece at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Georgios Papadopoulos
    Chairman and Founder, Atypon, Greece
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session Three
Humanities Scholarship, Open Access Monographs and Other Outputs in the Digital World
The purpose of this session is to consider research in the humanities (but not just the humanities) with special reference to digital humanities and in particular changes in the nature of research outputs. There is no attempt to produce a comprehensive picture of these various and related areas or touch all the bases but input from scholars, librarians, technologists and publishers will hopefully lead to mutual understandings of opportunities for the scholarly enterprise.
  • Convener
    Anthony Watkinson
    Principal Consultant, CIBER Research, UK
  • Toby Green
    Formerly OECD Paris, France
    Taming Wild Content
  • Mike Taylor
    Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science, UK
    The State of Open Monographs
  • Elea Gimnez Toledo
    Tenured Scientist Spanish National Research Council, Spain
    The diversity of scholarly publishing in Europe, multilingualism and the transition to OA monographs

10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.: Break
  • Simon Bains
    Director of Aberdeen University Libraries, Scotland
    Digital Scholarship, Interdisciplinarity and Open Research: How Do Libraries Support and Stimulate New Research Practices?
    Research libraries have always been critical to the research process, but digital networks have transformed both research and how libraries support it. Two particularly challenging and exciting opportunities are examined: digital scholarship and research sharing. How can library collections best be used to foster digital scholarship? How can libraries help researchers reach new audiences and make more impact on the wider world?
  • Harriette Hemmasi
    Dean, Georgetown University Library, USA
    Revitalizing and Advancing Public Engagement with the Humanities through the Use of Digital Tools and Methodologies
  • Matthew Naglak
    PhD candidate in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, USA; Contributor, Gabii Volumes
    Digital Archaeology and Data Publication at the Site of Gabii, Italy
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
  • David Worlock
    Outsell Leadership Programs, UK
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Light Luncheon