Call for nominations for the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award 2022 – Deadline 9 September

The Tony Kent Strix Award was inaugurated in 1998 by the Institute of Information Scientists. It is now presented by UKeiG in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG). The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval in its widest sense. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements that have led to significant advances. The award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. There are profiles of the award winners since 2009 on the CILIP web site.

Nominations must be for a major, sustained or influential achievement that meets one or more of the following criteria:

Science: The advancement of our understanding of information retrieval methods, experimentation and evaluation, at either the theoretical or the practical level. The scope includes approaches as diverse as linguistic, probabilistic, fact-checking or artificial intelligence applied to search.

Service Delivery: The development and management of systems, networks or services:

  • Enhancement of the mechanisms/technology/standards underpinning information products or services
  • Establishing an innovative information resource or service
  • Innovations leading to improved accessibility/usability of information resources.

Education and organisational infrastructure: The provision of leadership in education, training, community development and/or collaboration to advance information retrieval at local, national or international level.

Submissions must include:

  • The name, institutional address and qualifications of the nominee
  • A brief biography – (maximum one A4 page)
  • A selective bibliography – (key publications relevant to the nomination
  • A justification for the nomination – (maximum one A4 page) showing clearly which of the award criteria the nominee meets and how they are met
  • Additional material – letters of support, for example. (Letters from previous winners would be especially valuable).

It is possible that the Award Committee will request additional information from the nominators for those nominees considered suitable candidates for the award.

The winner will be invited to present at the online Strix memorial lecture in early December 2022.

An unsuccessful nomination from previous years may be reconsidered provided the nominator updates it, if necessary, to reflect the current extent of the candidate’s achievement.

Nominations for the 2022 award must reach the judges by 6 pm GMT on Friday 30th September 2022.

Please email to John Wickenden – Hon. Secretary UKeiG and copy in Gary Horrocks – UKeiG administrator Sue Silcocks – Hon. Treasurer UKeiG

For more information about UKeiG, the Tony Kent Strix Award and previous winners of this prestigious international award please visit:

About Martin White
Martin White

Martin is an information scientist and the author of Making Search Work and Enterprise Search. He has been involved with optimising search applications since the mid-1970s and has worked on search projects in both Europe and North America. Since 2002 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Information School, University of Sheffield and is currently working on developing new approaches to search evaluation.

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