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Peter Gietz

Peter Gietz, Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Cultural Studies and Indology, has been active in the fields of information technology since 1985. The internationally recognized expert for directory services is especially interested and skilled in Digital Humanities, Identity Management, X.500, LDAP, PKI (X.509 and PGP), meta data and ontologies.

Peter Gietz
DAASI International anniversary: Peter Gietz greets Boris Palmer
Photo: Peter Gietz draws a draft for an infrastructure of identity management system
Photo: Peter and Karin Gietz
Peter Gietz during a presentation on sustainable research infrastructures
Photo: IAM expert Peter Gietz
Photo: Peter Gietz
Photo: Peter Gietz talks to a customers about IAM options
Foto: Peter Gietzt giving a presentation about midPoint and Gluu at TIIME


Studies of Indology and Religious Studies at the universities of Heidelberg and Tübingen, graduating as Magister Artium (Master of Arts)

1990 - 1992

Teacher of computer courses for adults and university lecturer for seminars about the portrayal of religion in German television as a member of the media project “Tübinger Religionswissenschaft” (Religious Studies of Tübingen)
Contributor of the Purana Project, where he was co-author of the Epic and Puranic bibliography and in addition mainly responsible for indexing, layout, and typesetting


Research assistant at the Center of Data Processing (Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung, ZDV) of the University of Tübingen: automated conversion of data in word processing programs

Additionally, position as computer specialist and database programmer at the Institute for Forensic Medicine (Institut für Rechtsmedizin) at the University of Tübingen


Research associate at the Center of Data Processing (Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung, ZDV) of the University of Tübingen within the research project of the German National Research and Education Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz, DFN) on X.500 and LDAP, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF)

  • programming of databases
  • authentication infrastructures
  • directory services

1998 - 1999

Member of DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology for Europe) in Cambridge: responsible for the NameFLOW project and administration of an international X.500 directory


Project leader of the DFN project “Establishment of a DFN Directory Competence Center” at the University of Tübingen


Member of the University of Heidelberg: Establishment of the IT department of the cluster of excellence “Asia and Europe”, and conception and implementation of the virtual research environment “Heidelberg Research Architecture”


Co-Founder of Crust Technology Ltd.
Member of the Board of Directors Ever Since
With its product Corteza, Planet Crust is developing a low-code platform that can be used to create all essential business applications such as CRM.


Member of the Board of Directors of DFN-Verein (German Research Network – central joint scientific institution)

Other Activities:

  • participation in the EU project DESIRE II
  • member of a task force convened by the Federal Office for Information Security, with the task to create catalogues of measures for digital signature
  • active member of the Teletrust workgroup 7 about PKI
  • chairman of the international research group TERENA Task Force LDAP Service Deployment
  • member of the Technical Advisory Board for directory activities of Internet 2
  • member of the Editorial Board for a directory service concept of the PKI-1 of administration
  • chairman of the GGF Working Group CIM based Grid Schema
  • Participation in various IETF working groups
  • participation in the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funded projects TextGrid, IVOM, Gap-SLC, DARIAH-DE and RiR
  • Collaboration in the EU projects AARC I, AARC II and AARC TREE
  • Board member and treasurer of the association DHd (Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum) e.V.
  • Co-organiser of FIM4R (Federated Identity Management for Research)
  • Founding member of the FIM4L (Federated Identity Management for Libraries) working group
  • Co-Chair of the DARIAH-EU working group FIM4D (Federated Identity Management for DARIAH)
  • Participation in various working groups and task forces of the OSBA (Open Source Business Alliance)
  • Co-organiser of the TIIME Unconference
  • Participation in various other working groups
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Peter Gietz presenting at it-sa
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