Tony Kent Strix Award

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Recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense.

Read the Full 2017 Nomination Call here!


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.

2016 Award

The winner of the 2016 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is Maristella Agosti, Professor in Computer Science at the University of Padua where she has worked since completing her MsC in Statistical Sciences in 1975. Since then, she has built a world-wide reputation for her work in many aspects of information retrieval and digital libraries. Her work ranges from original contributions to hypertext information retrieval and automatic hypertext construction to shaping experimental evaluation in the CLEF information retrieval evaluation initiative. Her work transfers to products and services (such as SIAR, a digital archive system accessible on the Web offering access to the historical archives of the Italian Veneto Region) and she has always played a leading role in the IR community, devoting particular attention to the transfer of knowledge and expertise to new generations of researchers.

Further details of Professor Agosti's career can be found on the 2016 Awards Page.



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