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 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 sponsored by the Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE.
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution
to the field of information retrieval that meets one of the
- development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms
for the retrieval of information
- development of, or significant improvement in, accessibility
to an information service
- a sustained contribution over a period of years to the
field of information retrieval
- a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical
or experimental understanding of the information retrieval
- a major contribution to fostering the education, training
and/or general awareness of the importance and the technicalities
of information retrieval.
Key characteristics that the judges will look for in nominations
are innovation, initiative, originality and practicality.
The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in
The 2007 Tony Kent Strix Award for advancing the field of information retrieval was awarded to Mats Lindquist.
The award is given in recognition both of Professor Lindquist's key role in the development of accessibility to an information service, and for his sustained contribution to the field of information retrieval generally over a number of years. Between 1980 and 1992 Mats Lindquist alternated as President and Marketing Director of Paralog, a software company which developed and marketed text retrieval software: the TRIP system is still in very much in use. During that time he was mainly responsible for moving the system from an experimental service to a fully fledged commercial operation - something which parallels the work of Tony Kent in moving the UK Chemical Information Service from an experimental basis at Nottingham University to a fully operational service. and, indeed, for some months they worked together.
The nomination made clear that this is only one aspect of Professor Lindquist's work. His contributions to information science are too many and varied to list individually - as an academic and as senior executive officer at the National Library of Sweden, his commitment to moving information retrieval from a 'technical' solution for specialists to a more usable tool for a wider range of information managers and users particularly stands out.
The nomination, with its close links to Tony Kent, is particularly strong - it is for an outstanding contribution to information retrieval - practically focused and grounded in the best principles of information science.
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2007 Mats Lindquist
2006 Stella Dextre Clarke
2005 Jack Mills
2004 Professor Cornelis Joost (Keith) van Rijsbergen
2003 Dr Herbert van Sompel
2002 Malcolm Jones
2001 Prof Peter Willett
2000 Dr Martin Porter
1999 Dr Donna Harman
1998 Prof Stephen Robertson