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Below is a list of the winners since the Trophy was first presented in 1979. Scroll down or click hyperlinks to view full details of the winners from 2010 to date.

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Christopher Gutteridge
, Systems, Information and Web programmer at the University of Southampton, known for being the lead developer for GNU EPrints and for being an advocate for Open DataLinked Data and the Open Web.

Professor Hazel Hall
, an eminent international teacher and scholar in library and information science with major contributions to both theory and practice and raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace

Sheila Webber
for demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science and  for raising the profile of the information profession

Professor Blaise Cronin and Lucy Tedd
, in both cases for demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science and  for raising the profile of the information profession

Professor Charles Oppenheim
for raising the profile of the information profession, as well as his contributions to the theory and practice of, and demonstrating excellence in teaching, information science

The Chemoinformatics Research Group
in the Information School, University of Sheffield: a leading centre worldwide for chemoinformatics research for over forty years

United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR)
for an outstanding contribution to the information profession in promoting repository management and administration as a recognised and respected profession

Dr Shawky Salem
for contributions to the information profession through excellence in education and teaching

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Caroline Williams and the Intute Community Network

University of Warwick Library for the development of The Learning Grid

Michael Koenig, Founding Dean of the College of Information and Computer Science at Long Island University, for his Lifetime's Work of scientific enquiry in Library and Information Science

Julia Chandler, Internet and Intranet Manager at the Department for International Development, for developing the government Intranet managers network

London Metropolitan University and the TUC for the web site "The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online"

William Hann for the FreePint newsletter

Professor Bruce Royan for SCRAN

Jill Foster for her pioneering work in establishing the Mailbase discussion and distribution list

Michael Keen for his Lifetime's Work in Information Retrieval

Norman Wood and the EIRO Team of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Dublin, for their outstanding and original work on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO)

Newcastle University Library for the Development and Administration of the Newcastle Electronic Reference Desk (NERD)

The Higher Education Funding Council's Electronic Libraries Programme for innovation in the exploitation of IT in Higher Education Libraries

Dennis Nicholson and the BUBL team for the development of the Bulletin Board for libraries

Rita Marcella and colleagues at the School of Librarianship and Information Studies at Robert Gordon University for the development of their innovative Postgraduate Course in Information Analysis

Peter Ingwersen in recognition of his services to Information Science

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions, Dublin, for developing the series of European and Industrial Relations Glossaries

Arnold Myers, Information Scientist, for contribution to information services with the international oil and gas industry

Scottish Science Library, for the setting up of an important new library for Scotland

Patricia Baird, Blaise Cronin, Noreen MacMarrow, University of Strathclyde, for work in the field of hypertext on producing an electronic conspectus on the life and times of the City of Glasgow

No award - no nomination received before closing date

Sandra Ward, Information Scientist, for work in raising the profile of industrial information services

Phil Williams, academic and businessman, for contributions to making online searching more readily accessible to users

Phil Holmes, for achievements in applying technological advances to library development especially in the development of BLAISE (British Library), and PEARL (Blackwell Technical Services)

Jacqueline Welch, librarian at Wessex Medical Library, for contributions to the promotion of information science particularly within the field of medical information

Karen Sparck-Jones, academic, for information science research, including automation classification and indexing, methods of testing and evaluation, weighting and relevance feedback

Monty Hyams, Businessman, Derwent Publications Ltd, for Developed Central Patents Index for patent searching

William Wisswesser (USA), for work with chemical notation, giving his name to Wisswesser line notation (WLN)

Michael Lynch, academic, Sheffield University, expert in chemical structure handling

Jason Farradane, founder of the IIS and a cornerstone of information science teaching and research

Christopher Gutteridge 2017 Jason Farradane Award Winner

UKeiG is pleased to announce that the UKeiG Jason Farradane Award winner for 2017 is Christopher Gutteridge, Systems, Information and Web programmer at the University of Southampton


Chris is passionate about harnessing the value of organisational information and pioneering new and innovative ways to derive more value from information. Over the years, he has been involved in many projects that have information at their core.

He is also a strong advocate for making better and more efficient use of information, and endeavouring to make it easier for others to do the same. A firm believer in sharing knowledge, Chris is also a frequent blogger, posting his thoughts and perceptions on a wide range of different topics. His passion for data is a consistent theme throughout his posts.

EPrints Chris was involved in open access research from the outset of the idea, pioneering the development of the EPrints platform. He built a tool which met the needs of libraries effectively and enabled them to support researchers in green open access archiving. EPrints has wide uptake at universities across the country and has set the expectation that universities should support open access archiving. This expectation has been so embedded in UK Higher Education culture that all submissions to the Research Excellence Framework are now required to be available open access.

A major part of EPrints’ success is the flexibility of the platform, which has allowed it to be developed and extended to meet the evolving needs of institutions. Chris’s visionary system architecture has facilitated the addition of many new features, such as digital object identifier (DOI) minting and research data archiving. EPrints, which is open source, currently has an active development community, including a number of commercial companies that provide support for it. The registry of open access repositories has 645 active EPrints repositories registered, of which 121 are in the UK.

Open Data Since handing over lead development of EPrints, Chris has moved his attentions to open data. He was instrumental in pioneering open data services at University of Southampton. The service he developed has set the standard for open data services in the UK and was recognised with the Times Higher Education award for Outstanding ICT initiative of the Year, 2012.

Part of this endeavour was the creation of feature-rich software toolchain to aggregate data from disparate sources across the university. To facilitate the uptake of open data across the sector, Chris made significant parts of this tooling freely available as an open source project called “Graphite.”

In addition to his technical contributions, Chris was also responsible for advocacy of the technology and has developed documentation and guidance to help non-technical staff to engage with the service. Having struggled to persuade people to share their information, Chris went to great lengths to identify the many reasons people are uncomfortable opening their data and, in collaboration with his counterpart at Oxford University, has attempted to address each one. Chris founded as place to stimulate discussion between UK universities on the subject of open data. The service has a mailing list where good practice and success stories are shared. provides a number of services for aggregating data from multiple institutions. Such has been the success of that Jisc, the membership organisation that supports digital solutions for the UK education sector, have taken over ownership of the service to ensure its continued existence for the whole community.

Chris's biggest contribution to is the Organisational Profile Document (OPD) which is a lightweight standard for universities to signpost the open data they publish so that it can be ingested by auto-discovery tools. Currently 22 UK institutions publish an OPD and link a range of data from contact information through to archives of research data.

Equipment Data - Following on from the success of the Open Data service, Chris was heavily involved in the development of the National Research Equipment Portal, The aim of this project was to deliver a sustainable solution for the aggregation and displaying of published research equipment data from across UK HE in order to improve utilisation of existing research infrastructure. Its development has the backing of RCUK as its preferred medium for national equipment data sharing with the service now endorsed as strategically significant by HEFCE.

Launched in April 2013, introduced the concept of linked open data technologies enabling data auto-discovery to provide a service. The service currently aggregates over 15,000 items of research equipment from 50 different UK Universities.

The National Research Equipment Portal is the first linked open data driven service in UK higher education, demonstrating a simple and sustainable system which can deliver a service which is not only extendable but, with introduction and application of the OPD, re- usable.

LIDAR data and Minecraft As part of an outreach activity, Chris created a detailed replica of his home town of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, in Minecraft. The model was created by hand in survival mode and represented hundreds of hours of effort. This esoteric artistic work was exhibited at the Ventnor Fringe festival to the delight of children and their parents. Canvas prints of Minecraft Ventnor using common real life postcard scenes were auctioned after the event for charity.

Chris was inspired by his experience at Ventnor to use freely-available LIDAR data to programmatically generate cities in the UK as Minecraft maps. Combining this open data with a popular computer game, he has been able to run events promoting open data to young children through a medium they are familiar with. Chris believes that as information becomes more and more important in the modern world, helping youngsters learn the value and significance of data sources and programmatic use of them will benefit them greatly in the future, and his activities in this area enable him to contribute to this goal.

2016 Award Winner

UKeiG is pleased to announce that the winner for 2016 is Professor Hazel Hall, well-known international teacher and scholar in the multidisciplinary domain of Library and Information Science (LIS) working at Edinburgh Napier University as Professor of Social Informatics, Esteem for Hazel Hall is based on her major contributions to both theory and practiceIn terms of theory, her main contributions have been in advancing knowledge and understanding of information sharing in online environments, while her contributions to practice are evident in a number of original initiatives. For example, in 2011/12 she led the creation of a UK network for LIS researchers and researcher practitioners in the AHRC-funded Developing Research Excellence and Methods - DREaM - project through the delivery of five innovative and unique networking events.
The significant academic impact of Hazel Hall’s work is demonstrated in traditional bibliometric indicators. One of her papers is currently the fifth most-cited paper ever in the Journal of Information Science, and references to her work can be found in core textbooks and monographs for scholars and practitioners. Her work has also raised the awareness of the value of information in the workplace, as evident in the number of business organisations that have drawn on her research outputs in their own practice. In addition, Hall’s contributions have influenced the strategic direction of a number of professional bodies, and research funders. For example, the work that she completed for the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to map the UK information professions in 2014/15 has led the funders to make a call for a National Library and Information Skills Strategy in order to address the gender pay gap and lack of diversity in the information professions identified in the project report. Elements of the same report have also been cited as evidence in the Department for Culture Media and Sport’s consultation Libraries deliver: ambition for public libraries in England 2016-2021.
Since the early 1990s Hazel Hall has enjoyed numerous high profile and prestigious appointments, invitations and prizes from research councils, professional bodies, publishers, conference programme committees, and universities worldwide. She has also contributed as author, peer reviewer, and/or editorial board member to all major international peer-reviewed serial titles in LIS. Similarly she has presented her work at major international academic conferences, often as invited keynote speaker. Her instrumental role in the establishment of Information Science Scotland (as a collaboration of Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Robert Gordon and Strathclyde Universities) and securing ESRC funding for doctoral research in Scotland has also done much to extend understanding Information Science as a valuable discipline and one worth research council investment at doctoral level.
Hazel Hall’s main contributions to theory development as related to information sharing in online environments have led to the generation of new knowledge and understanding across a range of themes including: power relations in knowledge management; the agency of non-human actors in technology implementations; co-operation and collaboration in online communities; knowledge creation processes and innovation; and knowledge management as management innovation.
In 2009 she was appointed to lead the implementation of the UK Library and Information Science (LIS) Research Coalition. Established by the British Library, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), JISC, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and Research Information Network (RIN) as a one year project, the Coalition’s aim was to facilitate a coordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK. Hall secured over five times the initial investment to lead the Coalition’s work for a total of three years. Of particular significance were the Coalition’s two ‘daughter’ projects: Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) and the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES). It can be argued that the work completed by those involved in the LIS Research Coalition has changed aspects of the professional landscape in the UK. For example, by raising the profile of LIS research greater prominence was assigned to ‘research skills’ in the CILIP’s Professional Skills and Knowledge Base. 
Hall’s influence goes beyond her ‘home’ discipline of LIS. For example, in 2012 she was appointed to the 12-person committee that reviewed the £130 million investment in Research Councils UK (RCUK) Digital Economy (DE) Programme. This is a major initiative in the RCUK strategy to cross-connect disciplines and have impact through large-scale interdisciplinary research. Two years later in 2014 she was selected to serve on the DE Programme Advisory Board (PAB), and in 2015 took on the role of the DE PAB Chair. She currently leads the PAB in advising the DE team on: research, training and future strategy across its remit; the balance of its activities and disciplinary focus; and the monitoring and evaluation the progress and achievements of the programme. Her work for the DE Programme Hall has raised the profile of the information profession amongst external academic and business communities, and is committed to sharing her knowledge and expertise which further raises the value of her work to the profession.
Perhaps Hall’s strongest legacy, however, is found in those she has generously mentored over the years. These include undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who have benefited from her excellence both as a classroom teacher, and as a research degree supervisor and examiner. This legacy applies equally to the LIS practitioners and academics who have encountered her, whether this be in person or through her published work. While Hazel Hall’s own approach to advocating the value of information in the workplace, raising the profile of the information profession, and teaching is highly individual, all can learn from the energetic and enthusiastic manner in which she shares her extensive knowledge and expertise.


2015 Award Winner

UKeiG is pleased to present the 2015 Jason Farradane Award to Sheila Webber for excellence in education and teaching in information science and for raising the profile of the information profession.


Sheila Webber is Senior Lecturer at the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is the Head of the Libraries and Information Society Research Group, Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research, and Director of Alumni Relations of the iSchool, as well as Module Coordinator for “Information Resources and Information Literacy (PG)”, “Information Literacy Research (PG)” and “Healthcare Information (PG)”. Sheila is an exceptional teacher, as demonstrated by her being awarded the University of Sheffield’s Senate Award for sustained excellence in teaching 2014-15. That she merits the Jason Farradane Award is demonstrated by the fact that two independent nominations were received. One nomination notes her deep insight into the library world and understanding of the pressures of a modern information workplace which together make her a fantastic supervisor and mentor who always supports her students, even those who are not on campus.

Sheila’s career began at the Health and Safety Executive, followed by 13 years at the British Library (BL) - with the pioneering online service, BLAISE, becoming manager of BLAISE Online Services, and finally moving to become Head of the BL’s Business Information Service. The focus on business information continued when she moved into academia and joined the Information Science department at Strathclyde University, Scotland, as a lecturer. Her primary research interest is investigating information literacy and information behaviour in a variety of contexts including different disciplines, different educational levels, different countries and cultures, different life stages, and in the context of both physical and virtual environments. Sheila has been instrumental in information literacy research and teaching since the late 1990s, and her original and entertaining Information Literacy Weblog has been operational since 2005 with a truly international reach. Her publications and presentations at conferences have brought information literacy to a wide audience. Sheila is the co-manager of two virtual information literacy journal clubs, including one that meets in the virtual world Second Life.

Sheila was an early innovative adopter of educational technology and social media, which helped her with engaging with her students and researchers from around the world, and has resulted in her supervising PhDs in many aspects of information literacy and information behaviour, and the use of technology (e.g. virtual worlds, Web 2.0) in learning. It was also recognised at academic level when Sheila was selected as a CILASS (Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences) Academic Fellow 2008-2010. Sheila is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College and is a Fellow of both CILIP and the Higher Education Academy; she was awarded the Information World Review award for Professional Excellence in 1999.

UKeiG is particularly pleased to make this award in view of Sheila's long history with the Group - serving on the Management Committee for a number of years and editing one of our popular Guides.

The Award was presented to Sheila during Internet Librarian International in London, October 20th-21st.

2014 Award Winners

The judges chose two winners for the 2014 Jason Farradane Award: Professor Blaise Cronin and Lucy Tedd.


Blaise Cronin is the James H. Rudy Professor Emeritus of Information Science at Indiana University and an Honorary Professor at City University, London, while Lucy Tedd retired in 2013 from the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. Both winners have demonstrated excellence in the education and teaching of information science and both have raised the profile of the information profession in a way which has become an exemplar to others. Both are deserving winners of The Jason Farradane Award.

Professor Cronin’s career really began at Aslib in 1980, where he worked in the Research and Consultancy Divison alonsgide well-known figures such as John Martyn and Peter Vickers. From there, he was appointed, at age 34, to the Chair of Information Science at the University of Strathclyde, where he was instrumental in raising the profile of both information management and information science throughout the UK. In 1991 he left Glasgow for Bloomington, Indiana when he was appointed Dean of the School of Library and Information Science. He held this post with distinction for almost 20 years while maintained active links with the UK Information Science community, holding visiting professorships at the University of Brighton, Manchester Metropolitan University (where he was the Talis Information Visiting Professor of Information Science), and also Edinburgh Napier University. He is also an active researcher, whose research focuses on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, bibliometrics, citation analysis, the academic reward system and cybermetrics, i.e. where information science and social studies of science intersect. He has also consulted widely.

As would be expected, he is a prolific writer, and his books include: The Web of knowledge (edited with Helen Barsky Atkins; Information Today Inc., 2000); The hand of science (Scarecrow Press, 2005); Beyond bibliometrics (edited with Cassidy Sugimoto; MIT Press, 2014); and Metrics under the microscope (edited with Cassidy Sugimoto, Information Today Inc./ASIST Monograph Series, 2014). He has also published extensively on topics such as information warfare, knowledge management, competitive analysis, digital pornography, and strategic intelligence. 

Cronin’s 30 years of innovative research and teaching, coupled with his demonstrated leadership in the fields of information science and information management, make him an eminently worthy winner.

Lucy Tedd, an internationally recognised figure in the field of library management, has been involved with computer systems in libraries since the early 1970s - having been amongst the first undergraduates in the UK to study Computer Science. Later that decade, following a period as Researcher in the College of Librarianship Wales (CLW), she was appointed as Part-Time Lecturer, a post that she held until her retirement in 2013 from the more recent manifestation of the College - the Department of Information Studies (DIS) at Aberystwyth University. She was a committed and highly effective teacher and supervisor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and, demonstrating commitment to information science education above and beyond her academic remit as Lecturer, she acted as Director of the International Graduate Summer School during the 1990s.

From her early years in academe, Lucy Tedd engaged in significant research activity, and has been a prolific author of research and professional reports, articles, and books, including internationally established standard textbooks such as An introduction to computer-based library systems (now in its 3rd edition), Digital Libraries Principles and Practice in a Global Environment (with Professor Andrew Large),  Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice (with Professor Andrew Large, and Professor Richard. J. Hartley). These works have had a seminal influence on ILS education worldwide. In addition to her role as author, one of Lucy's most significant contributions to raising the profile of the information profession was as Editor, for over two decades, of the international journal Program: electronic library and information systems. In 2011, Lucy Tedd was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by the Emerald Literati Network to acknowledge her exceptional work and to mark her retirement as Editor. Lucy was great communicator and disseminator of her work, and consequently a frequent participant at international conferences, from the early days of the International Online Meeting in London to more recent major conferences. She has spoken at conferences and courses in very many countries including Argentina, Australia, Brunei, India, Kazakstan, Laos, Lebanon, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as in European countries.

The nomination and the judges felt that Lucy Tedd should be acknowledged and rewarded for her sterling work as an international advocate for the information profession throughout her career, both within education and in the wider library and information profession.

2013 Award Winner

The winner of the 2013 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award is Professor Charles Oppenheim. 


The winner of the 2013 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award is Professor Charles Oppenheim. Professor Oppenheim has been involved in, and published widely on, legal issues in the library and information profession, particularly copyright, data protection and freedom of information. He has a particular interest in legal issues in cloud computing and has recently published The No-Nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing. As well as this and other books, Charles has published more than 400 scholarly journal articles in the field of library and information management. 

The nomination says "Charles is surely one of the outstanding UK figures in information science" - he has moved between work in the information industry and academia and has been professor in two departments of information science and a research centre. His other interests include research evaluation, citation studies and bibliometrics, open access, scholarly communication and the digital library. Charles is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission, and of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance. 

The judges were pleased to make the award to Professor Oppenheim on the basis of his major contributions to the theory and practice of information science and his demonstrable excellence in teaching information science, all of which has served to raise the profile of the information profession.

The presentation was made at Internet Librarian International 2013 at the Olympia Conference Centre on Wednesday 16th October. The award was made by David Ball, Honorary Secretary of UKeiG. 

2012 Award Winner

The 2012 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award was awarded to the Chemoinformatics Research Group in the Information School, University of Sheffield. 


The 2012 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award has been awarded to the Chemoinformatics Research Group in the Information School, University of Sheffield. The Chemoinformatics Research Group has been one of the leading centres worldwide for chemoinformatics research for over forty years, and has been noted as providing “the most widely recognized and well-established research and teaching base in the field.” The Group has demonstrated over many years the contributions that can be made by those with a specifically information perspective that complements more obviously chemical and biological studies.

The Award is made in recognition of the Group’s work in raising the profile of the information profession within a field of endeavour in a way which has become an exemplar to others; demonstrating excellence in education and training; and for their major contribution to the theory and practice of information science. An important part of the Group’s educational activities has been the training of students who have subsequently gone on to join the chemoinformatics workforce, with some of them now in senior positions.  The nomination notes that the Group’s first publication dates from 1967 and it has made very significant contributions to the theory and practice of chemoinformatics over a period of more than four decades, by means of both its published research and its extensive collaborations with pharmaceutical, agrochemical and software companies. Their work spans search algorithms and data structures; 3D and patent (or Markush) searching; ligand docking and pharmacophore mapping; and the detailed comparison of different tools for some chemoinformatics application to enable the identification of the most effective and/or efficient approach. 

The judges had no hesitation in awarding the three current members of the research group: Val Gillet, John Holliday and Peter Willett the 2012 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award

2011 Award Winner

The 2011 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award was awarded to the United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR).


The 2011 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award has been awarded to the United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR). Founded in 2007, UKCoRR is a professional membership-driven organisation managed for and by those staff working throughout the UK as Open Access repository administrators and managers. UKCoRR facilitates communication between the membership and fellow information providers, LIS professionals, the research community and scholarly publishing stakeholders by providing a collective voice that can speak on members' behalf to publishers, funding councils, institutions, and other relevant community stakeholders. 

The Award is made in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession in keeping with the Council’s mission to promote repository management and administration as a recognised and respected profession, provide a forum for discussion, and promote the exchange of best practice, experience, and development opportunities. UKCoRR encourages members to stress the value of information, in particular open access to research information, and supports improvements to the speed and functioning of the research process itself.

The nomination notes that the achievements and success of UKCoRR are "even more astounding given that, at present, there is no subscription charge and the committee works on an entirely voluntary basis. It is one of the un-sung heroes of Open Access in the UK and therefore deserves this award for its contribution to the information profession."

2010 Award Winner

UKeiG Chair, Martin White presented one of the Group's most prestigious awards: the Jason Farradane Award to Dr Shawky Salem.


Shawky Salem’s citation for the Jason Farradane Award makes reference to his unique role in the ILS Profession in his region, as a part of a team working together to promote advocacy for the Profession and to provide wider access to information, and a “perfect use of electronic resources”, so as to enrich cultural activities in both the Arab World and Canada. More specifically highlighted are the development of the first Arabic Edition of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) in 1982; the creation of a new department, Knowledge Management and Informatics (KMI) in Beirut Arab University (BAU) in 2002; supervision and discussion of  over 18 PhD and 21 MA thesis in Alexandria University and other Universities in Egypt; his creation of the grant with IFLA, the SSCG (Shawky Salem Conference Grant), and of the Prize for KMI (Knowledge Management and Informatics) with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt; and – of course – his writings.

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