DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 13 March 2012. The award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed.
OCLC and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), co-sponsor the award.
Mr. Choudhury was selected by the award jury for his leadership in the field of data curation through the National Science Foundation-supported Data Conservancy project, which expands the capabilities of research libraries in serving researchers and the institutions of which they are a part, and for his ongoing impact on the field of librarianship in applying the principles of librarianship to the curation and preservation of digital data. He is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. In addition, he is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council, the DuraSpace Board and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
As the 2012 Kilgour Award recipient, Mr. Choudhury will receive $2,000, a citation and travel expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, where he will be presented with the award on 24 June 2012.
Members of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award committee are:
- Nancy Roderer, Johns Hopkins University (chair)
- Michael Witt, Purdue University (past chair)
- Jason Battles, The University of Alabama
- Cecilia Schmitz, Auburn University
- David King, LITA board liaison
- Roy Tennant, OCLC liaison
Data Conservancy project
The Frederick G. Kilgour Award