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Library and Information Science alumnus wins Oberly Award

April 19, 2017

IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI alumnus Michael Witt was recently named an Association of College and Research Libraries Science and Technology Section Oberly Award recipient for 2017.

Witt, who earned his master’s in Library Science in 2006, is an associate professor of library science at Purdue University and director of the Purdue University Research Repository.

The Oberly Award—named for Eunice Rockwood Oberly, former librarian of the Bureau of Plant Industry at the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is given biennially for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

Witt and project collaborator Frank Scholze of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology were honored for their work on, a registry of research data repositories that helps researchers, students, publishers, funding agencies, and librarians find the most appropriate repositories in which to deposit and discover research datasets.

“Researchers are being required by funding agencies to share the data generated by grant-funded research,” Witt said. “They can search to identify the best repository for them to deposit their datasets to satisfy these requirements—and to increase the impact of their research by sharing their data.”

Andrea Copeland, interim chair of the Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, commended Witt. “Michael’s innovative and interdisciplinary research on data registries and repositories is having a significant impact on the research culture at Purdue University and beyond. He’s a library superstar, and I couldn’t be prouder that he’s a LIS alumnus,” Copeland said.

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