Since January 1997 Seamus Ross has been the Director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow. From 1990 until 1996 he served as Assistant Secretary for Information Technology at the British Academy. In this role he was responsible for the development of information technology services within the Academy and advising its Committees, Schools and Institutes abroad, and its Humanities Research Board and the projects it supports on Information Technology matters. He also directly managed the IT aspects of a number of these projects. From 1986 until 1990 he worked for a company specializing in expert systems and software development, first as a software engineer and then in a number of management roles. He holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at London Guildhall University. He co-edited Computing for Archaeologists (Oxford, 1991) and with Edward Higgs edited Electronic Information Resources and Historians: European Perspectives (Göttingen, 1993). The latter was the first book to bring together creators, users (historians), archivists, and technologists to examine the implications of the growth in use of electronic information within contemporary society on the future of historical scholarship. He co-authored the report of the Humanities Information Review Panel, Information Technology in Humanities Scholarship: British Achievements, Prospects, and Barriers (London, 1993). He also co-edited Networking in the Humanities with Stephanie Kenna of the British Library (London, 1995), a volume examining the way in which network access is changing scholarship in the humanities. More recently he co-edited New Technologies for the Humanities (London 1996). In addition he has published and lectured widely on various aspects of computing, digitization, and the preservation of digital materials. He is also a member of a number of national and international organizations, steering groups, and project committees, including the DLM-Monitoring Committee which is overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the 1996 DLM-Forum. Among these are the Steering Committees of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) and the electronic journal Internet Archaeology.
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16 June 1997