Previous Winners (up to 2014, prizes were given under the name of JIBS)
2014 John Taylor: the 2014 JIBS Student Prize was awarded to John Taylor for his Masters Dissertation "A survey of bibliometric tools and techniques and their applications for technology forecasting".
John was a masters student at Aberystwyth University. It was quite a technical subject, and not one that any of judging panel knew much about, but they felt that it was very well written, with clear objectives and with an excellent literature review. It was an innovative and interesting way of using bibliometrics in an ultimately practical context.
2012 Rachel Hessey: the 2012 JIBS Student Prize was awarded to Rachel Hessey for her Masters Dissertation “The impact of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science: investigating cross-disciplinary citations”.
A student at the Information School, University of Sheffield, Rachel presented a complex piece of academic work that has very practical applications. Focussing on the influence and impact of citations from LIS literature her study revealed some interesting trends. The judging panel felt that the report and methodology was particularly relevant and has wider applications for the increasingly inter-disciplinary research landscape.
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2011 Andrea Ennis: The 2011 JIBS Student Prize was awarded to Andrea Ennis for her Masters Dissertation "Indicators of content: the role of word clouds in the creation of summaries".
An MSc student in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, Andrea examined the potential use of word clouds as content indicators in summaries of academic papers. Despite the small scale of her study her area of research was particularly innovative and, we think, has great potential for future development and practical application.
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2010: Nicky Ransom: The 2010 JIBS Student Prize was awarded to Nicky Ransom for her Undergraduate Dissertation “Facets of user-assigned tags and their effectiveness in image retrieval”.
An undergraduate student of the University of Aberystwyth, the subject-matter of Nicky’s report is extremely topical and practical both in the HE/FE environment and universally as sharing and re-use of images becomes increasingly widespread. The judging panel were particularly impressed that such a complex piece of research had been undertaken by an undergraduate student.