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Jane Greenberg

Alice B. Kroeger Professor; Director, Metadata Research Center; Associate Department Head, Graduate Affairs

Information Science

Jane Greenberg is the Alice B. Kroeger Professor and Director of the Metadata Research Center ( at the College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University. Her research activities focus on metadata, knowledge organization/semantics, linked data, data science, and information economics. She serves on the advisory board of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) and the steering committee for the NSF Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH).  She is a principal investigator (PI) on the NSF Spoke initiative, 'A Licensing Model and Ecosystem for Data Sharing,' and the lead PI the Metadata Capital Initiative (MetaDataCAPT'L) and the Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering (HIVE) linked data project.  She is also a co-PI for Drexel's NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (NSF-I/UCRC), Center for Visualization and Decision Informatics (CVDI).  Her research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, IMLS, Microsoft Research, National Library of Medicine, Library of Congress, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, among other organizational and private sponsors. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and leadership; most recently she was recognized as a 2016 ELATE at Drexel® Fellow and in 2014, and a Data Science Fellow at the National Consortium for Data Science, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


  • 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