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Josef Kolbitsch

Born 1979 in Lienz, Austria

PhD in Telematics (now Information and Computer Engineering)

Working in ICT management with a focus on IT strategy, information management and digital transformation of the public sector

Professional Experience

2016 – present: Director of Computing Center at University of Mannheim, Germany

2012 – 2016: Deputy head of IT Services at Graz University of Technology, Austria

2008 – 2016: Head of the "Business Solutions" unit and project manager at the IT Services at Graz University of Technology, Austria

2003 – 2006: Software License Manager at the IT Services at Graz University of Technology, Austria

2004 – 2008: Sole proprietor, IT consulting for non-profit organisations in Graz, Austria

2002 – 2003: Research assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand

1997 – 2002: IT support and software development at the IT Services at Graz University of Technology, Austria


Journal publications, conference proceedings, and technical papers in the areas of information management, knowledge management, digital libraries, mobile apps, usability, and e-learning

My ORCID ID is 0000-0002-7601-1553. View my publications on ResearchGate or Google Scholar

Book "Recent Developments in Digital Libraries. How Web 2.0 Changes our Libraries"

MSc thesis "Aspects of Knowlege Management" and PhD thesis "Aspects of Digital Libraries" at the Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media (Hermann Maurer) at Graz University of Technology, Austria, and the Department of Computer Science (Jennifer A. Lennon) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand


  • 2014: shortlisted for the 2014 EUNIS Elite Award for Excellence.
  • 2003: 1st prize at "Crazy Ideas", an innovative ideas competition organised by Graz University of Technology and Bank Austria-Creditanstalt
  • 2002: 2nd prize at the poster competition of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2002, 2006: "KUWI" scholarship for short-term research stays abroad


Teaching master's level courses in software engineering at Graz University of Technology at the Institute of General Management and Organisation, the Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology, the Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media, and the Institute of Technical Informatics

Lectures include Marketing Intelligence (Business Intelligence), Information Management, and Mobile App Development

Supervising bachelor and master's theses

Personal Stuff

I have developed a love for cooking and culinary experiments. After years of traditional cooking with a tendency towards nouvelle cuisine, I was given a copy of Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking", a scientific analysis of the processes food undergoes when cooked. This was a starting point for me to look at molecular gastronomy. Now, I am a big fan of Modernist Cuisine, a five volume book on modernist techniques.

Not strictly a hobby, I'm interested in computer history. There are some beautiful books such as Hartmut Esslinger's book on early design of Apple computers, The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day, and Early Home Computers by Kevin Murrell. Doug Engelbart's 1960 paper The Augmented Human Intellect: Search for a Framework is one of the milestones in information systems and hypermedia. With his books Literary Machines 93.1 and Computer Lib/Dream Machines, Ted Nelson is another pioneer in this field.

I am very much interested in design, particularly interior design and product design. This is what led me to collect several old Hi-Fi receivers produced by Bang & Olufsen during the 1960s.