Costis Dallas is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, serving as the faculty’s Director of Collaborative Programs since 2015. He has been Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit of the “Athena” Research Centre since its foundation, and has been affiliated with the Digital Curation Institute at the iSchool since 2015.
Professor Dallas has been actively involved in consultancy work and project management in the field of digital communication, notably as Vice-President and Head of Innovation at PRC Group, the Management House SA, a consulting group specialising in intangible assets management, and previously as President of Critical Publics SA, a consultancy firm he co-founded in 2000. He has experience in professional positions in the field of cultural heritage policy and management and in cultural heritage informatics.
Professor Dallas was Special Advisor to the Greek Foreign Minister on cultural diplomacy and information issues, where his responsibilities included the dossier for the restitution of the Parthenon marbles, coordination of initiatives to support modern Greek studies abroad, and the creation of an international centre for the promotion of Olympic Truce. He served as Special Secretary for Libraries, Historical Archives, Educational Television and Instructional Media in the Greek Ministry of Education, as well as the first General Director of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, a position he took after having founded and led the Documentation and Systems Department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.
Professor Dallas holds both Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. His DPhil thesis, “The Significance of Costume in Classical Attic Grave Stelai: A Statistical Analysis,” was an attempt to synthesize a semiotic approach to social archaeology with an information systems-based, numerical method of analysis. He holds a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Ioannina, his native town in northwestern Greece.