Seamus Ross

Dean and Professor, iSchool, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

Since January 2009, Seamus Ross has been Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, also known as U of T’s iSchool. Before joining Toronto, he was Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation and Founding Director of HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) at the University of Glasgow (1997-2009).

Dr. Ross served as Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the U.K. (2004-2009) and was Principal Director of ERPANET and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) and a co-principal investigator on such projects as the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence, Planets, and the Digicult Forum. From the beginning of 1990 through 1996, Dr. Ross was Assistant Secretary (Information Technology) at the British Academy in London.

Dr. Ross’s scholarly research has focused on digital humanities, digital preservation, digitization, digital repositories, emulation, digital archaeology, semantic extraction and genre classification, and cultural heritage informatics. See for instance his study of “Digital Archaeology,” his examination of digital preservation and archival science, and his introduction to digital preservation, Changing Trains at Wigan. He promotes diverse ways of making scholarship available to broader audiences and was instrumental in the creation of the Digiman Series through DigitalPreservationEurope, Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation.

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