Remembering Jim Campbell

Dr. James Campbell died on June 21, 2023 of a heart attack. Jim’s PhD work in Spatial Information Science and Engineering was directed at making scientific data more readily accessible to both scientists and the general public. He completed his PhD dissertation titled “Toward a Commons of Geographic Data” in 2015. Yet long before completion of the dissertation he was providing guest lectures in SIE 525 Information Systems Law. He also later served as adjunct professor teaching numerous sections of the campus-wide required course in Responsible Conduct of Research (INT 601). His scholarly writings and talks spanned a full range of issues addressing legal, economic, and technical policies affecting the progress of science, the societal use of technologies, and the advancement of humanity.

While our academic community knew him primarily as a scholar, Jim wore many other hats in service to others. WERU Radio has posted a great tribute to Jim. Be certain to listen to Jim’s last interview with Amy Browne on Maine Currents  where he summarizes key points made during his recent nine-episode radio series on Artificial Intelligence. There are also some wonderful remembrances about Jim on the Maine Libraries Discussion List.

A potluck celebration of Jim’s life will take place at the Belfast Boathouse on Saturday September 23 from 3-6 pm.