Jane Greenberg, PhD, Alice B. Kroeger Professor and director of the Metadata Research Center at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the recipient of the 2023 ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award from the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).
This award recognizes an individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution to information science research. The award is for a systematic “program of research” in a single area at a level beyond the single study.
Candidates for the Research in Information Science Award are assessed based on the following four criteria: intellectual merit and quality of the contribution; broader impacts of the contribution to theory, practice and society; the coherence of the contribution; methodological innovation used in research; and the transformation and transcendence of the information field.
Evidence of the intellectual merit of Greenberg’s research is demonstrated in the citations to her publications, serving in a leadership role as PI, co PI, or senior investigator on over $79 million in research funding, and broad impact. Greenberg founded the Metadata Research Center in 2004. The Center, under her leadership, has and continues to elevate the study — and science — of metadata.
Greenberg is currently leading an innovative automatic metadata generation project for artificial intelligence (AI) ready data through Biology-guided Neural Network (BGNN) project. This project has been incorporated into the Imageomics Institute. One of her papers on this work won a Best Research Paper Award at the Metadata and Semantic Research International Conference in Milan, Italy.
The 2023 ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award committee cited (as mentioned in ASIS&T’s announcement): “Dr. Greenberg's contributions to metadata research for over 25 years have contributed significantly to several areas of metadata implementation and practice. In particular, her research on metadata to support data sharing contributes to open science principles.” As a jury member commented: “Dr. Greenberg's contributions are potentially the most foundationally transformative of any of the nominees and her technological methodology the most compelling to me. The broader impact of her work is huge.”
Greenberg will receive the award at the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting (Oct. 27 to 31 in London, UK).
Read more on ASIS&T’s website