Beth Plale, PhD

Beth PlaleFull Professor of Informatics and Computing;
Director, Data to Insight Center;
Science Director, Pervasive Technology Institute
Indiana University

Beth A. Plale is a Full Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University where she directs the Data To Insight Center and serves as Science Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Dr. Plale’s research interests are in Big Data, long-term preservation and curation of scientific and scholarly data, large-scale data management, metadata and provenance,  data trustworthiness and security, and data-driven cyberinfrastructure and cloud computing. Plale is deeply engaged in interdisciplinary research and education in earth and environmental sciences, digital humanities, health, and social  sciences.

Professor Plale’s postdoctoral studies were at Georgia Institute of Technology, and her PhD in computer science from State University of New York Binghamton. Her deep interest in technology for societal change arises in part from the MBA she received at the same time as spending a handful of years working in Southern California as a software developer. Plale is founder and Co-director of the HathiTrust Research Center which provisions analysis to nearly 14 million digitized.