Hemsley was educated as a mathematician at the University of Oxford and undertook his PhD at Imperial College, London in England. More recently he has dedicated himself to electronically mediated culture. The first EVA Conference was held at Imperial College, London in 1990 and many EVA Conferences have been held around the world, including continuing conferences in London on an annual basis. He founded VASARI UK Limited in 1993 as a result of the European ESPRIT VASARI Project, which he project managed, aimed at digitizing paintings at very high quality. He was also project director of the EC-supported EVA Networking EVAN projects. Among his posts, he has worked for the National Museums of Scotland.
- James Hemsley, Vito Cappellini, and Gerd Stanke (editors), Digital Applications for Cultural and Heritage Institutions. Ashgate Publishing, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7546-3359-4.
- Hemsley, James (2013). "The EVA Conference 1990–2012: Personal Reflections". In Bowen, Jonathan P.; Ng, Kia; Keene, Suzanne. Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer. pp. 1–5. ISBN 978-1-4471-5406-8.
- VASARI project.
- A Chain of EVA Conferences, Cultivate International, Issue 3, January 2011.
- James Hemsley at DBLP Bibliography Server
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- EVA Conferences International website
- Photograph from EVA Russia
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