Beth  Plale

Beth 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
Smith Research Center


  • Postdoctoral Fellows 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

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


Beth Plale is Director of the Data To Insight Center of Pervasive Technologies Institute, and Professor of Computer Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Indiana University Bloomington. Professor Plale has a strong research interest in metadata and provenance of digital scientific data particularly for purposes of long term preservation and focuses on "the first mile" where collection is automatic and close to the generation source. Plale is deeply engaged in environmental and atmospheric science research and has substantive experience in developing stable and useable scientific cyberinfrastructure.

Research Areas