Costis Dallas is an Associate Professor in the Museum Studies program, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, and a founding Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit (DCU), IMSI-Athena Research Centre in Athens, Greece. In his research, he investigates the relationship between people, things, and information in contemporary practices of cultural heritage curation, social interpretation and scholarly research, and the digital infrastructures, methods and tools that mediate this relationship.
He is the Principal Investigator of E-CURATORS - Pervasive Digital Curation Activities, Objects and Infrastructures in Archaeological Research and Communication (SSHRC Insight Grant, Canada). Also, he is Vice-Chair of the Archaeological Practices and Knowledge Work in the Digital Environment (ARKWORK) COST Action where he conducts scoping and qualitative research on archaeology and social media, and Chair of the DARIAH-EU Digital Methods and Practices Observatory Working Group (DiMPO) where he coordinates a longitudinal European Survey on Scholarly Practices and Digital Needs in the Arts and Humanities across Europe. By synthesizing evidence from these studies, he aims to establish a pragmatic theoretical framework for curation “in the wild”, shaped by increasingly pervasive digital infrastructures such as mobile capture devices, Application Programming Interfaces, and online communication tools in scholarly work, and by participatory online information practices such as cultural memory and affilative interactions between communities, amateurs and professionals on social media.
His recent written work includes “Heritage Encounters on Social Network Sites, and the Affiliative Power of Objects”, “Digital Curation beyond the ‘Wild Frontier’: A Pragmatic Approach”, and “Curating Archaeological Knowledge in the Digital Continuum: From Practice to Infrastructure”.
He was co-principal investigator of EU digital heritage research grants such as CARARE, LoCloud, Europeana Cloud, and ARIADNE, participated in the development of the NeDiMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO), and led the requirements analysis and functional specification work for the Metadata and Object Repository (MORe). Previously he worked in various professional positions in the field of museums and cultural policy, including Head of Documentation at the Benaki Museum, Special Secretary for Libraries and Archives of the Greek Ministry of Education, and Special Adviser on Cultural Affairs to the Greek Foreign Minister, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Acropolis Museum. He holds a BA in History from the University of Ioannina, Greece, as well as MPhil and DPhil degrees in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford.