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    Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    UKeiG Awards: Call for Nominations for the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award

    UKeiG is now seeking nominations for this prestigious award, presented annually at the December Online Information Meeting in London. Sponsored by the Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE, the award honours achievement in the broad field of information management.

    The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval. The deadline is Friday 14th September 2007. Full details of the award together with the address to which nominations should be sent is given below and at http://www.ukeig.org.uk/awards/index.html.

    Nominations should be for achievement that meets one or more of the following criteria:

    • development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms for the retrieval of information, either generally or in a specialised field;
    • development of, or significant improvement in, accessibility to an information service;
    • a sustained contribution over a period of years to the field of information retrieval; for example, by running an information service or by contributing at national or international level to organisations active in the field;
    • a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or experimental understanding of the information retrieval process;
    • a major contribution to fostering the education, training and/or general awareness of the importance and the technicalities of information retrieval.

    Key characteristics that the judges will look for in nominations are innovation, initiative, originality and practicality.

    Nominations should take the form of a short description (no more than 3 sides of A4) of the work in question, together with full contact details of both the nominee and the nominator. Do not forget to include any documentation, references or URLs which may support the nomination. Nominations should reach the judges by Friday September 14th 2007.

    Nominations will be judged by a panel of experts, and the statuette of an owl will be presented to the winner during the annual Online Information Meeting in London in late December.

    The Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information retrieval and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The name Strix was chosen both to reflect Tony's interest in ornithology, and the name of one of the last and most successful information retrieval packages which he created.

    Past winners have been Stella Dextre Clarke (2006); Jack Mills (2005); Professor Cornelis Joost (Keith) van Rijsbergen (2004); Dr Herbert van Sompel (2003); Malcolm Jones (2002); Professor Peter Willett (2001); Dr Martin Porter (2000); Dr Donna Harman (1999); Professor Stephen Robertson (1998).

    Nominations for the 2007 Award are now invited, and should be sent with full supporting documentation to:

    Alan Gilchrist,
    32 Friar Road
    Brighton
    BN1 6NH
    UK
    Tel: 01273 705226
    E-mail: cura@fastnet.co.uk


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