Jian Qin

Professor | Program Director, MS in Library and Information Science
226 Hinds Hall
Jian Qin

Curriculum Vitae: PDF
Personal website: http://jianqin.metadataetc.org/
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7094-2867
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jian-qin-5657701/

Jian Qin is Professor and MLIS program director at the iSchool, Syracuse University. The areas of her research interest include metadata, knowledge and data modeling, scientific communication, research networks, and research data management. She received funding from IMLS to develop an eScience librarianship curriculum and from NSF for the Science Data Literacy project. Jian Qin directs a Metadata Lab that focuses on big metadata analytics and metadata modeling and linking. Her team uses GenBank metadata as a novel data sources to study biomedical collaboration networks under the theoretical framework of collaboration capacity. This work received funding from NSF and NIH/National Center for General Medical Science. She and her colleagues developed a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management funded by a grant from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). She was a visiting scholar at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), where she developed the learning object vocabulary project. Jian Qin has published widely in national and international research journals. She was the co-author of the book Metadata and co-editor for several special journal issues on knowledge discovery in databases and knowledge representation. She is the recipient of the 2020 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.

Jian Qin holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Information and knowledge organization: metadata, schema representation of information, ontological modeling;

Scientific communication: research data management/curation, impact assessment, interaction

Most recent publication:

Qin, J. (2020). Knowledge organization and representation under the AI lens. Journal of Data and Information Science. 5(1): 3–17. DOI: 10.2478/jdis-2020-0002

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Information organization, metadata, digital curation and preservation, and scholarly communication.