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20th CODATA International Conference 2006

20th International CODATA Conference
Scientific Data and Knowledge
within the Information Society

22-25 October 2006, Beijing

CODATA 2006 Prize Winner: Dr. John Rumble

Fourth CODATA Prize Awarded to John R. Rumble, Jr. for Leading Data Activities in Science and Technology

Dr. John RumbleThe 2006 CODATA Prize has been awarded to Dr. John Rumble, Technical Director for Information International Associates.  Rumble received the prize in Beijing, China, on October 22, 2006. The prize is awarded biennially for outstanding achievement in scientific and technical data.

Dr. Rumble, former Director of the Standard Reference Data Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was honored for being “an innovator in the world of scientific and technical data.” He has been instrumental in extending data evaluation techniques in new disciplines, including engineering, materials, and biotechnology. Rumble has long been a leader in using advanced information technology for developing computerized databases, online data networks, and data exchange standards.

In his professional capacities, Dr. Rumble has led data centers ranging from the JILA (Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) Atomic Collision Data Center to the multi-disciplinary Standard Reference Data Program at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After developing international teams to provide online materials data in the pre-Internet era, he led the NIST Standard Reference Data Program into the Internet era with the development of over 25 online Web systems.

In every position he has held, Dr. Rumble has promoted the development of quality standards and methods and the recognition of the importance of good data management. At both national and international levels, Dr. Rumble has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of data to science and technology. He did this working through such organizations as ASTM and ISO where he worked to develop some of the first national and international standards for scientific and technical data. He has also made significant and continuing contributions to CODATA through the U. S. National Committee, which culminated in his international presidency. His work in promoting international cooperation, especially through his CODATA leadership, has resulted in a stronger data movement in the world.

In addition to his technical contributions, Dr. Rumble has had a special role in mentoring young scientists and data managers and has been a strong encourager of creating in the data community and has helped to develop future leaders in data management by bringing together the data, library, documentation, and archiving communities in such areas as infrastructure development, archiving, preservation, open access, and intellectual property rights.

Thus Dr. Rumble has been a unique leader in the international data community. He was instrumental in launching CODATA’s Data Science Journal, the leading scientific publication in our field, and is the journal’s current Editor-in-Chief.

He is well deserving of the highest CODATA recognition for his life’s work as “Data Manager”.


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