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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 und Karin Gietz
Peter Gietz bei einem Vortrag über nachhaltige Forschungsstrukturen
Peter Gietz


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”

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