Jian Qin is Professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Her research interest areas include metadata, knowledge modeling and organization, ontologies, and scientific communication. She has published more than 60 papers and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences and workshops. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC Online Library Computer Center, and Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). She teaches information organization, metadata, and fundamentals of digital data. Dr. Qin is currently a coleader for the DCMI Community for Science and Metadata (DC-SAM) and serves as a member on the DCMI Advisory Board, as well as a member of the editorial board for two international journals. Dr. Qin holds a PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.