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Faculty of Architecture and at the School of
Archaeology, and at the University of Basilicata
where he lectures in the Faculty of Cultural
Heritage. He is also director of the Laboratory
for Virtual Archaeology and Digital Culture in the
Prato campus of the University of Florence. He is
a member of several professional associations and is
the Italian representative on the international
Steering Committee of CAA, the association for
Computer Applications to Archaeology. His interests
concern virtual archaeology and the use of multi-
media in cultural heritage communication, the
subjects of the two most recent books edited by him.
His present research deals with virtual reality models,
the use of XML for archaeological and historic data
management, and in general the impact of infor-
matics on archaeological theory and method. He
has been a member of the scientific committees of
the most recent international conferences on these
subjects and will chair the 2004 CAA International
Conference. See also:
Seamus Ross, HATII,
University of Glasgow, UK
Dr Seamus Ross is Director of Glasgow University's
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information
Institute (HATII). He is also Director of ERPANET
(Electronic Resource Preservation and Network)
(IST-2001-32706), a European Union funded
accompanying measure to enhance the preservation
of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects.
Previously he was Assistant Secretary for Information
Technology at the British Academy, and before that
worked for a company specialising in expert systems
and software development, as a software engineer and
then in management. He researches, lectures, and
publishes widely on information technology and
digital preservation. Dr Ross acts as ICT advisor to
the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a monitor for a
number of large ICT-based projects in the UK. He is
a member of a number of international organisations
including the DLM-Monitoring Committee of the
European Commission, the Research Libraries
Group's PRESERV Working Group on Preservation
Issues of Metadata, and InterPARES (as well as Co-
Chair of its European Team).
Andrea Scotti, Institute & Museum for the
History of Science, Italy
Andrea Scotti graduated from the University of
Bologna, Department of Philosophy, in 1983. From
1985 to 1995 he carried out several research projects
involving the cataloguing of scientific manuscripts in
Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Czecho-
slovakia (Karol University of Prague), Hungary
(Szecheny National Library of Budapest), and
Germany (Institut für Geschichte der Natur-
wissenschaften, Munich). His numerous research
activities concentrate on software and programming
for library databases.
Since 1996 Scotti has been Director of the
General Digital Catalogue of the Scientific
Manuscripts located at the Central National Library
in Florence developed in co-operation with the
Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, the National
Central Library, and under the auspices of the Italian
Ministry for Culture. He is in charge of the work
the Institute and Museum of the History of Science
carries out for the MESMUSES project (01/02/01-
30/07/03), funded by the European Commission
under the Information Society Technologies (IST)
Programme.The project aims at designing and
experimenting with metaphors for organising,
structuring and presenting the
scientific and technical know-
ledge offered to the public,
implementing Semantic Web
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