Felix Schäfer studied Classical Archeology, Ancient History and Computer Science at the Universities of Freiburg, Oxford (UK) and Cologne, where he also received his doctorate on a subject of ancient Roman architectural history. Afterwards, he was scientific assistant at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne, but at the same time responsible for the development of IT applications and expert databases within the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Berlin. From September 2011 to December 2017 he designed and coordinated the development of “IANUS. Forschungsdatenzentrum Archäologie & Altertumswissenschaften,” a national discipline-specific research data infrastructure with a focus on data management and digital long-term preservation.
In the GMPG Research Program GMPG Felix Schäfer is responsible for the project management of the digitization activities and coordinates the collaboration with the external service providers. He is also involved in the strategic development of digital humanities methods and instruments, which are tailored to the research program to process research data and digitized archive material for scientific purposes in order to gain new insights.