Categories: NewsFlash
      Date: Jan 26, 2010
     Title: Carol Ann Peters wins 2009 Tony Kent Strix Award

Carol Ann Peters, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Informazione "A. Faedo", National Research Council of Italy is the 2009 winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award thanks to her pioneering work on Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF), the world's leading forum for evaluating cross language searching systems, which Carol has spearheaded.



This annual evaluation exercise has attracted a multi-disciplinary network of researchers to collaborate on shared tasks, to contribute to the CLEF testing resources, and to meet annually to present and discuss results. In its opening year, CLEF counted 20 participants; thanks to Carol's hard work, CLEF has expanded year on year to become a major international event in information retrieval related research: in 2009 it attracted over 130 registrations from individual researchers and leading research groups from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

The nomination highlighted that none of this would have happened had it not been for Carol Peter's initiation and continued drive to run and maintain CLEF. Carol's tireless work with CLEF has driven the information retrieval community to consider search in more than just the English language that previously dominated information retrieval research; thus she has made an enormous contribution to the awareness and understanding of information retrieval.

The Tony Kent Strix Award, given by the UK eInformation Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The award is presented each year 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 both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The award is offered in recognition of individuals or groups for an outstanding contribution, practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval.

The full Press Release is published on the UK eInformation website.