Tecle Zere holds a PhD in the natural sciences and a postgraduate diploma in ICT from the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has over 10 years experience, mainly as an ICT expert in the heritage sector, but also as a researcher and data expert. His current focus at the GhentCDH/DARIAH is development of the the Text Platform. He also contributes to the collaborative databases and pilot projects. Tecle works part-time for Amsab-Institute of Social History.