Jens-Erik Mai is professor of information studies at the University of Copenhagen - he studies basic questions about the nature of information phenomena in contemporary society; he is concerned with the state of privacy and surveillance given new digital media, with classification given the pluralistic nature of meaning and society, and with information and its quality given its pragmatic nature.
His publications into the nature of classification have been recognized by Emerald's "Outstanding Paper Award" for "The Modernity of Classification" published in Journal of Documentation and by the International Society for Knowledge Organization's (ISKO) "Best Paper in KO Award" for "Ethics, Values and Morality in Contemporary Library Classifications" which was published in Knowledge Organization.
He teaches courses on classification, design of controlled vocabularies, information ethics, privacy and surveillance, knowledge media, and the theoretical foundation of information studies.
Jens-Erik is the editor of Emerald's Studies in Information book series, and is a member of the editorial boards for Knowledge Organization and Aslib Proceedings. He was the general Conference Chair for iConference 2012 held in Toronto and the general Conference Chair for 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting held in Seattle.
Jens-Erik was previously associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction.
He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.
Jens-Erik lives in a small town north of Copenhagen with his wife Mette Ribergaard Mai and their teenage son.
Find me on Google Scholar.
Facebookistan - Det Danske Filminstitut
Global and local knowledge - P1 Eftermiddag
Surveillance and Google Books - AK24syv
Wikipedia - Jyllands-Posten
Information ethics and policy - Perspektiv
Open Data Science [MA] | Fall 2016
Information and Data in Society [PhD] | Spring 2016
Vidensorganisation (Knowledge Organization) [BA] | Fall 2015
Information Ethics: Privacy and Surveillance [MA] | Spring 2015
Vidensmedier (Knowledge Media) [BA] | Fall 2014
Professor, 2012 -
Associate Professor, 2006-2012
Vice Dean, 2006-2009
Acting Dean, Fall 2008
Assistant Professor, 2000-2006
Co-Director, Center for Human-Information Interaction, 2003-2006
Ph.D., Library and Information Science, 2000
Master of Library and Information Science, 1994
Librarian (Bachelor degree in LIS), 1992
More information and data: Full CV
2015.11.10 Speaking at ASIS&T 2015 annual meeting ● 2015.10.29 Panel debate about Facebookistan ● 2015.10.24 Speaking at Amsterdam Privacy Conference ● 2015.08.14 Speaking at NordMedia 2015 conference ● 2015.08.12 Opening Glocal KO conference ● 2015.08.11 Interview on the Danish radioshow P1 Eftermiddag about global and local knowledge ● 2015.03.09 Speaking at Archival Bias: Constructing, Coding and Curating Crowdsourced Archives ● 2015.01.13 Edited issue on privacy and surveillance has been published [in Danish]