Professor Seamus Ross Appointed Dean, Faculty of Information Studies

PDAD&C #53, 2007-08


Faculty, Staff and Students, Faculty of Information Studies
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: May 14, 2008
RE: Professor Seamus Ross Appointed Dean, Faculty of Information Studies


I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Seamus Ross as Dean, Faculty of Information Studies, effective January 1, 2009 and ending December 31, 2016. An announcement will be made shortly regarding an Acting Dean for the Faculty for the period July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008.

Professor Seamus Ross is a Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation at the University of Glasgow. He earned his BA from Vassar College, his MA from the University of Pennsylvania and his DPhil from the University of Oxford. He is the Director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow and runs the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) of which he is the founding director in 1997. HATII offers programs of study at undergraduate level in Arts and Media Informatics and postgraduate level in information management and preservation and computer forensics, conducts innovative research into the use of information and communication technology (ICT) within the humanities, archives, libraries, and museums, and promotes collaborative IT-based research within the Arts and Humanities. Since 2004, Professor Ross has also been the Associate Director of the United Kingdom’s Digital Curation Centre.

He researches, lectures and publishes on issues of information technology and digital preservation including work on metadata, repository design, digital library design and services, ingest, and semantic metadata extraction. Professor Ross has considerable experience in teaching, and program and curriculum development. He lectures in humanities computing. Among his recent publications are The Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (co-author, 2007), Core Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector (co-author, 2005), and Changing Trains at Wigan: Digital Preservation and the Future of Scholarship (2000). He plays a leading role in European Union funded research through such activities as acting as Principal Director of DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) and project partner and member of the management boards of Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR) and Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services (PLANETS). Until March 2008 he was also co-principal investigator in the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence and Principal Investigator for AHDS Performing Arts. He was Principal Director of ERPANET, a European Commission activity to enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects, and a key player in The Digital Culture Forum (DigiCULT Forum) which worked to improve the take-up of cutting edge research and technology by the cultural heritage sector.

He is a member of a number of national and international organizations, steering groups, and project committees, including the International Advisory Board for Preserving Access to our Digital Future (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), the Virtual Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). He has acted as an evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission under the 5th and 6th Framework Programs and contributed to planning of funding lines under these and the 7th Framework.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Ross to the Faculty of Information Studies.