Jason Farradane

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Jason Farradane, born Jason Lewkowitsch (29 September 1906 – 27 June 1989)[1] was a British librarian of Polish descent.[2]


The son of the chemical engineer Julius Lewkowitsch,[3] Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. After working in research at the Ministry of Supply and the Admiralty during World War II, he first made an impact with a paper on the scientific approach to documentation at a Royal Society Scientific Information Conference in 1948.

He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1963 at what eventually became City University, London and where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966. Of Central European origin, his commitment to science was reflected in the name he created for himself - a combination of Faraday and Haldane, two scientists he particularly admired. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, a precursor to work in the area of artificial intelligence, and the concept of information.


Publications (selected)[edit]

  • 1948: 'The Scientific Approach to Documentation', Royal Scientific Scientific Information Conference
  • 1966: Information Retrieval by Relational Indexing: a report on research being carried out at Northampton College of Advanced Technology. Part I: Methodology. London: The City University, Department of Management Studies, Information Science (with Mrs S. Datta, R. K. Poulton)
  • 1973: "Problems in Information Retrieval: Logical Jumps in the Expression of Information." Information Storage and Retrieval, 9(2) 65-77 (with J. M. Russell, and Penelope A. Yates-Mercer)
  • 1977: Relational indexing. London, Ontario: University of Western Ontario School of Library and Information Science
  • 1978: "Estimation and Reliability of Retrieval Effectiveness Measures," Information Processing & Management, 14(1) 1-16 (with Jean Tague)
    • Abstract: A probabilistic model of the retrieval process is presented. From it, the standard errors of system recall and precision estimators, based on a sample of queries, are derived. The resulting negative binomial model is fitted to empirical data from several retrieval tests. (School of Library and Information Science, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.)
  • 1979: "The Nature of Information," in: G. Walker, ed., The Information Environment: a reader. pp. 4–11. G. K. Hall & Co.
    • "'information' should be defined as any physical form of representation, or surrogate, of knowledge, or of a particular thought, used for communication." (p. 4)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yates-Mercer, Penelope A. (1989). "Guest Editorial: An appreciation of Jason Farradane". Journal of Information Science. 15 (6): 305–306. doi:10.1177/016555158901500601.
  2. ^ Mary Ellen Quinn (2014). Historical Dictionary of Librarianship. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-8108-7545-6.
  3. ^ Carter Litchfield collection on the history of fatty materials, Accession 2413 – Biographical note: Julius Lewkowitsch. Accessed 10 January 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bottle, R. T., Brookes, B. C. & Yates-Mercer, P. A. (1986). "Jason Farradane: a biobibliography," in: Journal of Information Science, Vol. 12, No. 1-2 (January 1986) Special issue: Twenty-five years of teaching information science at the City University, pp. 19–21.
  • Brookes, B. C. (1986). "Jason Farradane and Relational Indexing," ibid, pp. 15–18.
  • Sweeney, Russell & Brimelow, Tom, interviewers (1976) Jason Farradane. Leeds: Department of Librarianship, Leeds Polytechnic. (Videotape, VHS, of interview in 1975; audio tape of same interview)

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