Allen Renear

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Professor and Dean

PhD, Philosophy, Brown

112A LIS
(217) 333-3281
renear [at] illinois.edu
http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~renear/renearcv.html

Office Hours

Please contact Christine Hopper to schedule an appointment.

Research Focus

Information organization and access, particularly the development of formal ontologies for cultural and scientific objects and the application of those ontologies in information system design, scholarly publishing, and data curation in the sciences and humanities.


Other Professional Appointments

Affiliate Professor, Philosophy

Biography

Allen Renear is dean and professor at the School of Information Sciences. He teaches courses in information modeling, digital publishing, and conceptual foundations for information organization. His current research focuses on the development of formal ontologies for scientific and cultural objects and application of those ontologies in information system design, scientific publishing, and data curation in the sciences and humanities.

Prior to his appointment at Illinois, Renear was director of the Scholarly Technology Group at Brown University. He has served as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Oxford University Computing Unit, a member of the advisory board of the Text Encoding Initiative, and the first chair of the Open eBook Publication Structure Working Group (the predecessor to ePUB, now the standard data format for eBooks). Renear received an AB from Bowdoin College and a PhD from Brown University. He holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Philosophy.


Research Projects

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Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment

“Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment,” better know as Publishing Without Walls (PWW), is a digital scholarly publishing initiative that is scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable. PWW will directly engage with scholars throughout the research process. It aims to build publishing models that can be supported locally by a university’s library, while also opening new avenues toward publication through university presses and other publishers. PWW is here to help scholars navigate the new opportunities presented by collaborative, multimodal, and interim phase...

Completed Research Projects

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Related Topics

Data Curation, Digital Humanities, Foundations of Information, Organization of Knowledge and Information, electronic publishing, e-science, humanities computing, knowledge representation, data curation, scholarly communication