Jian Qin's areas of research interest include metadata, knowledge and data modeling, scientific communication, research networks, and research data management. She received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) / Sloan Foundation for her research projects related to scientometric research, data management, and scientific data literacy.
Her recent research projects include developing metadata models for gravitational wave data management, which is funded by NSF, a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management, and an NSF-funded project exploring the research collaboration networks surrounding a very large data repository. She was a visiting scholar at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), where she developed the learning object vocabulary project.
Jian Qin has published widely in national and international research journals. She was the co-editor for several special journal issues on knowledge discovery in databases and knowledge representation. The second edition of her book, Metadata (co-authored with Marcia Lei Zeng) is to be published later in 2015.
Jian Qin holds a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.