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    Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    UKeiG Awards: Call for Nominations for the UKeiG Jason Farradane Award

    UKeiG is now seeking nominations for the second of its prestigious awards, presented annually at the December Online Information Meeting in London. Both awards are sponsored by the Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE, and both honour achievement in the broad field of information management. The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the narrower field of information retrieval, while the UKeiG Jason Farradane Award recognises brilliant work in information science. 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 for the UKeiG Jason Farradane Award should be for achievement that meets one or more of the following criteria:

    • raising the profile of the information profession within an organisation or field of endeavour in a way which can or has become an exemplar to others;
    • raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace;
    • development of a significant new information product or service;
    • development of a product or service that has made a significant impact on the availability and accessibility of information.

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

    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 award will be presented to the winner during the annual Online Information Meeting in London in late December.

    Jason Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1960 at the precursor of City University, where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, which can now perhaps be seen as providing a precursor to work in the area of A.I., and the concept of information. He saw information science as a step towards understanding and better organizing ourselves. The IIS first presented the award in 1979, to Jason Farradane.

    Previous award winners have included University of Warwick Library for The Learning Grid; Michael Koenig; Bruce Royan; Michael Keen; Newcastle University Library; Sandra Ward; Phil Williams and Phil Holmes.

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

    Christine Baker
    Piglet Cottage
    Redmire
    Leyburn
    North Yorkshire
    DL8 4EH

    Tel & Fax: 01969 625751
    E-mail: cabaker@ukeig.org.uk

    The closing date for nominations is Friday September 14th 2007.


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