Wayne de Fremery

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Professor of Information Science and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Francoise O. Lepage Center of Global Innovation

Francoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation Barowsky School of Business

Barowsky School of Business

Before joining Dominican, Wayne was an associate professor of Korean Studies in the School of Media, Arts, and Science at Sogang University in South Korea, where he lived for twenty years. He currently represents the Korean National Body at ISO as Convener of a working group on document description, processing languages, and semantic metadata (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 WG 9). He is also owner of Tamal Vista Insights LLC, an independent producer of software that democratizes access to artificial intelligence, as well as Director of the Korea Text Initiative at the Cambridge Institute for the Study of Korea. Work by Wayne has recently appeared in The Materiality of Reading, Library Hi Tech, A Companion to World Literature, Translation Review, and the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. His current book project, Cats, Carpenters, and Accountants: Bibliographical Foundations of Information Science, is under contract with MIT Press.


Harvard University, PhD

Seoul National University, MA

Whitman College, BA

Research Interests

Wayne’s research integrates approaches from literary studies, bibliography, and design, as well as information science and artificial intelligence. He is particularly interested in issues associated with cultural continuity and sustainability, especially the role that innovation plays in both.

Honors and Awards

  • (2021) National Library of Korea Research Grant, “Deep Learning Approaches to Optical Character Recognition for Historical Korean Texts”
  • (2020) [South Korean] Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Citation for contribution to the development of the National Library of Korea. (Related to research done on deep learning approaches to automated text encoding of Korean materials)
  •  (2020) National Library of Korea Research Grant, “Improving Automated Text Encoding of Korean Materials—a Deep Learning Approach”
  • (2019) Seagate Data for Good Award to support “Sijo Reborn as Data,” an exhibition at the Corner Gallery, Seoul
  • (2018) Pushcart Prize nomination for translation of the poem “Winter Strawberries” by Jeongrye Choi
  • (2016–2019) Microsoft Cloud for Good Grant to the Korea Text Initiative for Project Mo文oN
  • (2005) PMA, Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award: Best Book of Poetry/ Literary Criticism for Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un
  • (2004–2005) Northern California Publishers & Authors Association’s Best Book of Poetry for Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un.

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