Jodi Schneider Awarded 2012 Zipf Fellowship

Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754

Washington, DC, June 7, 2012-Jodi Schneider, a Ph.D. candidate in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland in Galway, has been selected to receive the A. R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management for 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in the Great Books from St. John’s College and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Schneider’s research focuses on information management and knowledge representation of contested information from social media. The goal of her research is to extend sentiment analysis and information retrieval techniques in order to provide representations and retrieval strategies for contentious issues. She has developed a global architecture for extracting, integrating, and reusing online arguments using semantic web technologies. Her architecture is being piloted with contentious decisions on Wikipedia. She has already described how and why Wikipedia editors delete topics from the encyclopedia.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) manages the award, which is named in honor of A. R. Zipf, a pioneer in information management systems. The $10,000 fellowship is awarded annually to a student who is enrolled in graduate school in the early stages of study and shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management. For more information and a list of previous fellowship recipients, visit https://clir.wordpress.clir.org/fellowships/zipf/.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. In partnership with other institutions, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of “library” and supports the providers and preservers of information. Information about CLIR and its work is available at www.clir.org.