Renear is a Professor at GSLIS, where he teaches courses and lead research in information modeling, data curation, and digital publishing. He also has an appointment in the philosophy department.
Prior to coming to GSLIS, he was the Director of the Brown University Scholarly Technology Group. he received an AB from Bowdoin College and MA and PhD from Brown University.
Renear's current research is focused on issues in the development of formal ontologies for scientific and cultural objects, and the exploitation of those ontologies in data curation, scientific publishing and information system design.
Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Everyone agrees there are obstacles to realizing the benefits of open access. Many changes are required -- in policies, education, scientific practices, curatorial practices, standards, tools, and infrastructure. But less attention is given to the need to support these changes with fundamental information science research. We must know much more than we do about the actual dynamics of scientific practices around data and data curation strategies. And formal theoretical work is needed as well: we are far from having a conceptual model of data representation, identity, and provenance that is adequate for interoperability. Research in these areas taking place at the Center for Informatics in Science and Scholarship
(CIRSS) at GSLIS at UIUC, and elsewhere at other iSchools.