Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez

Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez is a Near Eastern Archaeologist currently pursuing a Ph.D. on Information and Records Management at Ankara University. She holds an Ms Degree from Settlement Archaeology at Middle East Technical University. She worked in different archaeological sites in Turkey. She has an expertise in using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applied her skills in GIS for landscape archaeology as Archaeologist and Project Assistant at Kerkenes Project in Yozgat and Ankara, Turkey between 2000 and 2004. Her experiences of synergy between classical methods of archaeology and information technologies has been highly influential on her professional work in Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Her expertise thesis for her tenure at Ministry of Culture and Tourism was about implementation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology at museums, where she initiated and coordinated Museum National Inventory System (MNIS). She later became the Project Manager of the System. She joined the BIAA as Digital Repository Manager at the beginning of November 2018. 


Fields of expertise: Digital Cultural Heritage, Remote Sensing and GIS, Digital Collection Management at GLAM, Digital Humanities, RFID Technology, 


  • PhDCandidateInformation and Records Management, Ankara University
  • MScSettlement Archaeology Middle East Technical University, 2006
  • BAProtohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology, Hacettepe University, 2001


  • Digital Repository Manager, The British Institute at Ankara (November 2018-present)
  • Expert of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Assets and Museums (December 2004-November 2018)
  • Archaeologist, The Kerkenes Project, Yozgat, Turkey (1997-December 2004)
  • ArchaeologistReading insurance maps of Goad and Pervititch Istanbul. ODTÜ-BAP, 2004


  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2018, “Private Archives of USA”, article in book, Private Archives from International Perspectives, ed. by Dogan, K and Anameric, H., Ankara University Publications, May 2018, pp. 25-44, Ankara
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Aygün, H.M., Boz, L., 2013, “Suggestion of RFID Technology for Tracking Museum Objects in Turkey”, Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress, Vol.2, 315-318, Marseille 
  • Şimşek, G., Acar, E., Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Elitok Kesici, 2013, A., “Exploring the role of the City as a Learning Environment for Heritage Education”, METU JFA/2013-2, 105-135, Ankara
  • Aygün H. M., Atalan Çayırezmez, N.,2013, “Museum National Inventory System (MUES) Dissemination Guide”, General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums Publications, Ankara, (ISBN 978-975-17-3664-2) 
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Ertepınar Kaymakçı, P., Summers, G.D., 2008, “Remote Sensing at Kerkenes: Combining Geophysical and Other Methods”, Journal of the Earth Sciences Application and Research Centre of Hacettepe University, 2008: 29: 2: 87-100, Ankara
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2007, “Cultural Heritage Inventory System of Turkey on the Web”, XXI International CIPA Symposium,01-06 October 2007, Athens, Greece
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2006, “Relationships Between Topography and Kerkenes (Turkey), A GIS Analysis”, METU, Settlement Archaeology, Unpublished Graduate Thesis. 
  • Summers, F., Atalan, N., Aydin, N., Basagaç, Ö. and Uçar, G., 2003, “Documentation of Archeological Ruins and Standing Monuments Using Photo-Rectification and 3D Modeling”, in M. O. Altan, (ed.) Proceedings of the XIXth International Symposium CIPA 2003, New Perspectives to Save Cultural Heritage, Antalya, Turkey, 30 September – 04 October, 2003, CIPA, Turkey, 660-668.
  • Atalan, N., 2000, “Near Eastern Ivory Assets during Late Assur Period”, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, Hacettepe University, Ankara


  • Aygün H. M., Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Boz, L., 2017, “Museum documentation system in Republic of Turkey”, ICOM CIDOC Documentation – Past, Present, Future Conference, 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia 
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2016, “Metadata and Standards”, Workshop of Library, Archive and Museum Directors, 11-14 March 2016, Antalya 
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Aygün H. M., 2014, “Inventory systems and digitalization in Turkish Museums, Digitization of Cultural and Artistic Works in Turkey, and Aggregated Ensuring Accessibility”, TBD 31. National Informatics Congress, November 2014, Ankara
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Aygün H. M., 2014, “About the Museum National Inventory System”, 23rdMuseum Rescue Excavations and Museum Studies Symposium, May 2014, Mardin
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2013, “Relationships Between Topography And Kerkenes (Turkey), A GIS Analysis”, GISApplications in Archaeology Symposium, 29 April 2013, METU, Ankara
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Aygün H. M., Boz, L., 2013,“Suggestion of RFID Technology for Tracking Museum Objects in Turkey”, The Digital Heritage 2013 International Congress Marseilleis, 28 Oct -01 Nov 2013, France
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Aygün H. M., 2011, “RFID Technology Application in Museums in Turkey”, Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage, 25-29 May 2011, ITU and Yeditepe University, İstanbul
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., Ertepınar Kaymakçı, P., Summers, G.D., 2008, “Remote Sensing At Kerkenes: Combining Geophysical and Other Methods”, GARS2008, 30 April - 2 May 2008 İzmir
  • Atalan Çayırezmez, N., 2007, “Understanding Relationships”,Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), 05 April 2007, Berlin


ICOM-Getty International Grant, 2016, to attend the ICOM General Conference in Milan 2016


Contributor, Expertise Group of Culture and Art Informatics, Association of Informatics (TBD), Turkey, 2014

Editor, Workshop for Definition of Museum, ICOM Turkey, 19-21 April 2018, Nevşehir



Private Museology and Private Museums in Turkey: Problems and Recommendations, Association of Museum Professionals, 21February 2019, Litai Hotel, Ankara,

Workshop for Definition of Museum, ICOM Turkey, 19-21 April 2018, Nevşehir

I. Culture and Tourism Experts Sharing Symposium, Association of Experts of Culture and Tourism, 12-13 March 2010, Ankara


Museum National Inventory System Standardization Committee, General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, 2012, 2014, 2016, Ankara


Organization, access and sharing information, Congress and Fair of Directors of Library, Museum and Archives 2018 (KAM 18), Antalya 


Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Heritage, Libraries Week, March 2015, Ankara

Thesis Supervision (In Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Kaya, Z., 2017, Expert of Culture and Tourism, A Digital Heritage Archive Model Suggestion for Photography Archive of Department of Cultural Assets and Museums, Ankara

Ateş, B., 2017, Expert of Culture and Tourism, Analysis of EUROPEANA (Sharing Data Network between EU Cultural Institutions) to Publicity of Turkey Museums in Abroad, Ankara

Conference Participation:

13th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, 3-5 November 2008, Vienna, Austria 

Training Seminars on Research Planning, Characterization, Conservation and Management in Archaeological Sites, 15-17 May 2008, ARCHAIA, Bologna

Training Programs: 

  • Digital Archaeological Repositories Training at Archaeological Data Service (ADS), 11-15 March 2019, York University, England
  • Essential digital skills for museum professionals, MU.SA Project MOOC, 07 January-31 March 2019, Online course
  • Leadership Workshop, COST Academy, Brussels, 04.02.2019
  • Digital Epigraphy: 3D Imaging and EpiDOC, Bilkent University and BIAA, Ankara, 26-29 March 2019 


EU-COST Action: Co-chair of Working Group, Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age (SEADDA) Project, OC-2018-1-22951|Name:overview

Project No 8374, Project Coordinator; Private Museology and Private Museums in Turkey: Problems and Recommendations, Think Civil to Make Change Programme (European Union Sivil Düşün Programme): 19.10.2018-01.04.2019


  • British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)
  • Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Association of Experts of Culture and Tourism (KTUD)
  • International Council of Museums,Turkey (ICOM Turkey)
  • Association of Museum Professionals (MUZEDER)
  • Association of Toy Library (Ankara )