Jason Farradane Award

Sage Publications Journal of Information Science

The Jason Farradane Award is made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the field of information science. The Award is sponsored by the Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE.

Examples of such work include:

  • the development of an innovative product or service
  • activities that have raised awareness of the value of information and the information profession within the workplace
  • work that has raised the profile of the information profession within a field of endeavour, and which can or has become a role model for others

2007 Award

The 2007 Jason Farradane Award went to Caroline Williams and the Intute community network, a free online service created by university subject specialists, with over 100,000 links to academic content on the Web, as well as a suite of virtual training tutorials and Internet information services.

The nomination describes Intute as "a great example of the UK library community taking a long-term pioneering role in the Internet information environment, developing a national service through collaboration, which has grown to become well respected and highly used worldwide." Intute has demonstrated extraordinary longevity in Internet terms.

Its origins lie in the 1996 Electronic Libraries Programme (a former winner of the Jason Farradane award). Later, the individual subject services were federated into the Resource Discovery Network (RDN). However, it wasn't until 2003, when MIMAS at Manchester University Computing took on the service and appointed Caroline Williams as Executive Director, that it begun to mature into a single organisation with a unified culture, interface, technological platform and identity. One of the great achievements of Caroline Williams as executive director has been to create organisational strategies and systems that enable distributed teams to run a unified and coherent service.

The awards committee felt that this nomination strongly upholds the spirit of the Jason Farradane award in developing a product or service that has made a significant impact on the availability and accessibility of information. Intute's model of shared services has made the UK a world leader in delivering Internet services for education and research on a national level.

About Jason Farradane

Jason Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. After working in research at the Ministry of Supply and the Admiralty during World War II, he first made an impact with a paper on the scientific approach to documentation at a Royal Society Scientific Information Conference in 1948.

He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1963 at the precursor of City University, where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966. Of Central European origin, his commitment to science was reflected in the name he created for himself - a combination of Faraday and Haldane, two scientists he particularly admired. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, which can now perhaps be seen as providing a precursor to work in the area of A.I., and the concept of information. He saw information science as a step towards understanding and better organizing ourselves.

About SAGE

SAGE Publications is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.

The Journal of Information Science is an international journal of high repute covering topics of interest to all those researching and working in the sciences of information and knowledge management. The Journal seeks to achieve a better understanding of the principles that underpin the effective creation, organization, storage, communication and utilization of information and knowledge resources. It also seeks to understand how policy and practice in the area can be built on sound theoretical or heuristic foundations to achieve a greater impact on the world economy.

All enquiries to awards@ukeig.org.uk

Recent Winners

2007 Caroline Williams and the Intute community network

2006 University of Warwick Library for The Learning Grid

2005 Michael Koenig, Dean of the College of Information and Computer Science at Long Island University

2004 Julia Chandler, Internet and Intranet Manager at the Department for International Development

2003 London Metropolitan University and the TUC for the web site "The Union Makes us Strong: TUC History Online"

William Hann for Freepint

Professor Bruce Royan for SCRAN

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