The "Athena" Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (www.athena-innovation.gr) is a research and technology body, which was founded under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Development in 2001. R.C. “Athena” participates through the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS). IMIS was founded in 2007, with the mission to conduct research in the area of data management and large-scale information systems. The research at IMIS has a strong collaborative aspect and ranges from basic to applied research. The collaborative aspect is expressed in that research is conducted with national and international partners from industry as well as academia, often also in the context of novel and innovative projects. IMIS has already attracted funding from the European Union as well as from national funding agencies. IMIS activities focus on: Information integration and interoperability, Distributed Information Systems, Web Information Systems, Management of spatial and spatiotemporal data, and Privacy preservation.