Miroslav Milinović, M. Sc., Assistant Director of SRCE, has passed away

12. 9. 2021.

On Friday, September 10, 2021, at the age of 58, our colleague, Miroslav Milinović has passed away. The indelible contribution that Miroslav Milinović gave to SRCE, and thus to the academic and research community that SRCE serves, as well as to international teams and projects, was exceptional.

It is hard to believe that our Mirek, as everyone knew and called him, is no more with us. We will miss immensely his enormous work energy, his messages that came at all times of the day and night regardless of holidays and non-working days, his unquestionable expertise, but also his perseverance and professional commitment in defending his views and visions, which has sometimes led to heated debates ... but always with the aim of achieving the best, the highest quality, the most relevant results. Thank you Miro for all you have done for the SRCE and for many of us, we will be eternally grateful to you for that.

The funeral of Miroslav Milinović was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10.50 am at the Mirogoj Cemetery.
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On behalf of the management of SRCE and all SRCE employees, we express our deepest and sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and associates.

From the biography of Mr. sc. Miroslav Milinović

Mr. sc. Miroslav Milinović was born in Zagreb on October 1, 1962. He graduated from the Department of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb in 1987 and obtained a degree in mathematics. He obtained his Master of Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb in November 2003.

Immediately after graduating, he was employed in SRCE in June 1987 as an intern and has since progressed through the professional and business hierarchy to the position of Assistant Director where he has held since October 1, 1998.

There are many projects in which Miro participated and led. From the Croatian Scientific Information System (SIZIF) in the 80's, through the establishment and functioning of the Croatian BITNET node in the late 80's and early 90's to the establishment and maintenance of services within the IBM Academic Initiative in the early and mid 90's. He made a great contribution to the establishment and construction of many Internet services at the time of bringing the Internet to Croatia and the construction of the academic and research network CARNET. He was also the leader of the project team of the establishment and the first president of the program committee of the CARNET user conference CUC (in the period from 1999 to 2005).

As Assistant Director of SRCE, first for Information and User Systems then for Information Systems and Applications and finally for Information and Middleware Infrastructure, Miroslav Milinović coordinated the work of numerous SRCE teams that built and developed national information systems and Internet applications and ensured their interoperability with other systems nationally and internationally.

There are several large projects and systems that are still intensively used by thousands of users, and these systems are inextricably linked to the work and engagement of Miroslav Milinovic, who as a team leader or co-leader essentially contributed to their creation and development. worries and attention: electronic identity system AAI@EduHr - authentication and authorization infrastructure of the science and education system of the Republic of Croatia, global roaming service eduroam, Portal of open access to Croatian scientific and professional journals - HRČAK. At the time of their creation, these projects and systems were real pioneering steps at the level of not only Croatian, but also pan-European e-infrastructure. Among such pioneering projects created under the leadership of Miroslav Milinović should certainly be mentioned the Croatian Web Space Measurement Projects (MWP, first implemented in 2002) and the Project for Establishing a System for Downloading and Archiving Mandatory Copies of Croatian Online Publications (DAMP / HAW) for National and University Library (NSK).

Investing a lot of energy in the construction and development of systems and digital services for the needs of the academic and research community in Croatia, Miroslav Milinović has invested a lot of time and energy in cooperation with related international e-infrastructure projects and institutions. For many years he was a member of the Executive Board (TEC) and Vice President of TERENA (now GEANT) for the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC), a member of the European Committee for Academic Middleware (ECAM), President of the Global Service Council eduroam Global (Global eduroam Governance Committee - GeGC), leader of working groups and teams within GEANT projects. Thanks to these activities, Miroslav Milinović was internationally recognized as a prominent Croatian expert in the field of building components of modern e-infrastructure and digital services, and his international activities have significantly contributed to the connection and interoperability of Croatian national e-infrastructure components with European and global.

Miroslav Milinović is the author of a large number of scientific and professional articles, courses, manuals, as well as presentations at numerous international and Croatian professional conferences related to Internet technologies, information systems and applications and trust  and identity systems. In recent years, as a member of the program committee, he has significantly contributed to the quality of the program content of the SRCE conference e-Infrastructure Days - SRCE DEI.

He was a passionate volleyball fan, many years active as international volleyball referee, and active in the Association of Referees in Zagreb Volleyball Federation.

mr. sc. Miroslav Milinović