Recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense.
- 2016 Call for Nominations: closing date 26th August 2016
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 science and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense.
The name 'Strix' was chosen to reflect Tony's interest in ornithology, and as the name of the last and most successful information retrieval packages that he created. The Award is managed by an Executive Committee and UKeiG in partnership with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC CICAG); the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK Chapter (ISKO UK) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG).
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense – thus, for example, including search and data mining – that meets one of the following criteria:
- a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or experimental understanding of the information retrieval process;
- development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms, a product or service for the retrieval of information, either generally or in a specialised field;
- development of, or significant improvement in, ease of access to an information service;
- development and/or exploitation of new technologies to enhance information retrieval;
- 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.
Nominations are assessed by a panel of judges and past winners. Key characteristics for which they will look are innovation, initiative, originality and practicality. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world.
The winner of the 2015 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is Professor Peter Ingwersen
UKeiG, in association with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry; the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group, is delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award is Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, Professor II at Oslo University College, Norway and Docent at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Professor Ingwersen’s major and sustained contribution to the theoretical and experimental understanding of information retrieval makes him an excellent candidate for the Award. His major contribution to the theoretical and experimental understanding of information retrieval not only informed the design of automated search intermediairies, such as iPhone’s Siri, but his 30+ years of research excellence laid the foundations of Interactive Information Retrieval consistently and with extraordinary vision - his initiative and practical curiosity resulted in over 200 publications and over 8,400 citations. Professor Ingwersen excelled at bringing together the much divided system‐based and user-based information retrieval communities, producing research of the highest calibre that has long been compulsory reference in both academic curricula and by system developers.
Further details of Professor Ingwersen's career can be found on the 2015 Awards Page.
The presentation took place during Enterprise Search Europe 2015 and a number of photos appear below..