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Jane Greenberg

Alice B. Kroeger Professor

Information Science

Dr. Greenberg's research and teaching interests center on metadata, ontological engineering, and data science, with a foundation in knowledge organization and information retrieval. She currently serves as director of CCI's Metadata Research Center, which advances research in metadata, semantics, and ontologies. Dr. Greenberg is also a senior scientist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham North Carolina, and a 2014 Data Fellow at the National Consortium for Data Science, where she is leading a project targeting fundamental aspects of metadata capital. She also holds a post as a senior associate researcher in Knowledge Organization in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the project investigator (PI) on the Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering (HIVE) initiative, which dynamically integrates linked data terminologies and supports automatic indexing; and she is a co-PI of the Dryad repository for data underlying scientific published research.


  • PhD, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS (specialization in bibliographic control), Columbia University‚Äôs School of Library Service
  • BA (double major in political science and art history), University of Rochester

Research/Teaching Interests

Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval

Select Publications

  • White, H., Willis, C., and Greenberg, J. (in press). HIVEing: The Effect of a Semantic Web Technology on Inter-Indexer Consistency. Journal of Documentation, 70(3). [Preprint accessible via J. of Doc. site]
  • Greenberg, J. (in press). Metadata Capital via a Data HIVE. In Campbell, G. (Ed.). Advances in Classification Research. Paper originally delivered at ASIST, SIG/CR 2013 Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, November 3, 2013
  • Ball, A., Greenberg, J., Perez, C., Chen, C., Jeffery, K., and Koskela, R. (in press). Building a Disciplinary Metadata Standards Directory. 9th International Digital Curation Conference. San Francisco, CA, February 24-27, 2014
  • Greenberg, J., Swauger, S., Feinstein, E. M. (2013). Metadata Capital in a Data Repository. Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications 2013: 140-150: (Data from: Metadata capital in a data repository published in the Dryad Digital Repository. [DOI:])
  • Conway, M. C., Greenberg J., Moore, R., Whitton, M., & Zhang, L. (2013). Advancing the DFC Semantic Technology Platform via HIVE Innovation. MTSR Proceedings, Thessaloniki, Greece, Nov. 19-22, 2013.

Grant Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Advancing Interoperability and Interdisciplinarity Across Datanets, 2013-2014 (DataONE: $60,000 , DFC: $75,000 supplements), PI: J. Greenberg.
  • National Science Foundation, Dryad: Scalable and Sustainable Infrastructure for the Publication of Data, 2012-2016 ($2,400,000, UNC: $600,983), PI: T. Vision, NESCent/Duke Univ.; UNC PI: J. Greenberg.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014: Data Fellow, National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Fellow
  • 2013-2014: Senior Associate Researcher, School of Information Studies, University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2012: Margaret Mann Citation for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Cataloging or Classification, ALA/ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section
  • 2012: Keynote presentation. Dataset Relationships in the Bibliographic Universe (VII Encuentro de Catalogación y Metadatos 2012. Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 5 de Septiembre de 2012)
  • 2012: Cátedras de Excelencia (Chair of Excellence), Dpto. Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • 2010: Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for Greenberg, J. (Greenberg, J. (2009). Theoretical Considerations of Lifecycle Modeling: An Analysis of the Dryad Repository Demonstrating Automatic Metadata Propagation, Inheritance, and Value System Adoption. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47 (3): 380-402.)
  • 2010: Best paper award, Semantic Search Workshop (SemSearch2010) (Pérez-Agüera, J. R., Arroyo, J., Greenberg, J., Perez-Iglesias, J. and Fresno, V. (2010). Using BM25F for Semantic Search, 19th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2010), April 26, 2010, Raleigh, NC.)
  • 2008: Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology
  • 2007-2009: Frances Carroll McColl Term Professorship, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007: Keynote presentation (Web Semantics: Addressing the Metadata Generation Challenge, II Encuentro Nacional de Catalogación y Metadataos Centero Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas. UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.), October 25,2007
  • 2003: Distinguished Speakers Series, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, October 3, 2006. (Optimal Metadata Generation Methods.)
  • 1997: Managing Electronic Records (MER) Scholarship, Cohasset Associates
  • 1996: Certificate of Appreciation for Service, Chair, Society of American Archivists Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable
  • 1992: Elected to Beta Phi Mu, The International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
  • 1992: Tauber-Begner Award for Excellence in Technical Services, School of Library Services, Columbia University

Professional Activities & Associations

  • 2014: National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Fellow
  • 2013-2014: Senior Associate Researcher, School of Information Studies, University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Research Data Alliance Advisory Committee
  • Online Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, Program Committee member 2005-2013; Program Co-Chair, 2013
  • 1992-Present: American Library Association (ALA) Association of Library Collection and Technical Services (ALCTS)
  • 2012-Present: Research Data Alliance
  • 2007-Present: Journal of Library Metadata [previously Journal of Internet Cataloging]
  • 2004-Present: International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies
  • 2003-Present: Cataloging and Classification Quarterly
  • 1997-Present: American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)
  • 1999-Present: Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) , 1999-Present