George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
Axciom Chair of Information Quality and Professor of Information Science
Dr. John R. Talburt is a professor of information science and Acxiom Chair of Information Quality. Talburt is known to not only work continually with students to help them succeed academically, but to also find work environments where they can thrive.
Talburt has been instrumental in building the Information Quality Graduate Program at UA Little Rock. Today, the program includes the graduate certificate in Information Quality, the M.S. in Information Quality, and the Ph.D. in Integrated Computing with an Emphasis in Information Quality. Talburt also helped form the Advanced Research in Entity Resolution and Information Quality Laboratory and the new Institute for Chief Data Officers. His contributions and research in the field earned him the Data Management Association International 2008 Academic Award and the MIT Information Quality Program Outstanding Contribution Award in 2006.
Talburt serves as the coordinator for Information Quality Graduate Programs and is the primary advisor for Information Quality graduate students. Past students have noted Talburt’s dedication to their academic achievement and willingness to help them find jobs following graduation. Talburt is also a top researcher in his field whose work has placed him at the forefront of Entity Resolution in both corporate and academic settings. Talburt uses this to advantage, by providing students learning and career opportunities. In 2010, Talburt helped to bring the International Conference on Information Quality to UA Little Rock for the first time ever. The conference provided a forum for both researchers and practitioners to exchange knowledge and ideas and served as a learning and networking opportunity for students. The conference was hosted at UA Little Rock again in 2013 and plans are underway for its return in October 2017. Talburt also serves as Executive Director of the Entity Resolution & Information Quality Laboratory. The lab engages faculty and graduate students in numerous funded research projects; current external partners include Acxiom Laboratory for Applied Research, Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and the National Science Foundation.
Talburt received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Arkansas State University.