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The Jason Farradane Award is made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession.
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession, by meeting one or more of the following criteria:
- raising the profile of the information profession within an organisation or field of endeavour in a way which has become an exemplar to others;
- raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace;
- demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science;
- a major contribution to the theory and practice of information science or information management.
The 2013 Award
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.
Winner, Professor Charles Oppenheim with the recipient of the Tony Kent Strix Award and the Awards party. David Ball, Honorary Secretary of UKeiG, is at extreme right with Charles Oppenheim next to him. Photo: Richard Kaser and ILI.
Charles Oppenheim being congratulated by Stephen Robertson. Photo: Richard Kaser and ILI.
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.
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2013 Professor Charles Oppenheim
2012 Chemoinformatics Research Group, University of Sheffield
2010 Dr. Shawky Salem
2009 not awarded
2008 not awarded
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"
2002 William Hann for Freepint
2001 Professor Bruce Royan for SCRAN