30 Jul 2018

Bill Jackson 1945 - 2018

William G (Bill) Jackson who was a pioneer within IOM3 for the digital representation and presentation of materials information has died, aged 73, after a short illness.

From 1980 to 1996 Bill Jackson was the UK Office Manager for Materials Information, a print and online information service for abstracts operated jointly between the then Institute of Materials and ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio, USA.  This role included managing the Institute’s extensive library service.  He developed and launched a range of new print and electronic products, successfully implementing and upgrading complex hardware and software systems for processing materials information for both hard copy and electronic outputs.  He provided the UK focal point for the innovative European Commission project: Materials Database Demonstrator Programme (1984-1989).  This brought together eleven digital material property information systems from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the European Commission to provide a collection of material information sources accessible online.  He also edited the newsletter for the CODATA committee on Materials Data Base Management.

Bill was Head of Publishing for the Institute from 1995 – 2001 with responsibility for the department involved in publishing books, technical journals (12 titles) and the members' magazine.  He was particularly involved in the marketing and development of digital products, including those that were web-based.  He developed and implemented online, full text access to technical journals and was the team leader for the initial development and implementation of the Institute’s first website.

Initially trained as a chemist, with a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of London, Bill wore his pioneering digital expertise and knowledge lightly and was modest about his considerable achievements.  The Institute and its members benefited greatly from his contributions to digital developments for materials information when these were little understood and often not fully appreciated.   Bill is survived by his wife and son. 

Dr Norman Swindells CEng FIMMM