Beth A. Plale

Beth A. Plale

Professor of Informatics and Computing

Director, Data to Insight Center of Pervasive Technologies
Institute Director, Center for Data and Search Informatics

Contact Information

(812) 855-4373
Personal website
Office hours: Currently on loan to National Science Foundation


  • Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science at State University of New York Binghamton, 1998
  • M.S. in Computer and Information Science at Temple University, 1992
  • MBA at University of LaVerne, 1986

Courses Taught at SICE

  • B438 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • B534 Distributed Systems
  • B649 Systems Support for Wide Area Applications Systems
  • B669/I590 Topics in Data and Search Informatics
  • I590 Topics in Data and Search Informatics
  • P436 Introduction to Operating Systems


Dr. Beth Plale, who is currently on loan at the National Science Foundation, is a faculty member in the Dept. of Intelligent Systems Engineering.  Her research interests are in data engineering and span from infrastructure to policy and ethics of data.  Specifically, Dr. Plale is interested in cloud and HPC data storage, data lifecycle, open science, data provenance and metadata, persistent ID infrastructure, and reproducibility.  Dr. Plale is founding and past director of the HathiTrust Research Center and the Data To Insight Center; and past Science Director of Pervasive Technology Institute. 

Dr. Plale is proud to be one of the founders of the international volunteer organization, the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWIT) at Indiana University Bloomington.

Dr. Plale has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly publications, and has been PI or co-PI on over $50 million in extramural funding received from industry and private and public funding organizations including most notably the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Microsoft.  Dr. Plale was awarded a prestigious early career award by the Department of Energy.

Research Areas