Associate Professor & Director of Faculty Affairs,
Information School of the University of Washington
Representing Institutional Member: University of Washington Information School
Joseph T. Tennis is an Associate Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, a member of the Textual Studies faculty at UW, and an Associate Member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at The University of British Columbia. He is President [2014-2018] of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) and has been an occasional visiting scholar at the State University of São Paulo since 2009. He is also a member of the Dublin Core™ Usage Board and Chair of the Governing Board.
Dr. Tennis is Reviews Editor for Knowledge Organization, Managing Editor for Advances in Classification Research Online, and on the editorial board for Library Quarterly and Scire: Representación y organización del conocimiento. He has been active in the InterPARES research project (working on digital records preservation) since 2005, and currently serves as an advisor and researcher on metadata issues.
Dr. Tennis holds a B.A. in Religious Studies. He received his M.L.S. from Indiana University, an Sp.L.I.S. in Book History, and the Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington. He works in classification theory, the ethics and aesthetics of information organization, the versioning of classification schemes and thesauri, subject ontogeny and information provenance, and the comparative discursive analysis of metadata creation and evaluation, including archival metadata, both contemporary and historical. Dr. Tennis' research has been funded by IMLS, Microsoft, and SSHRC. He won the ALISE/Bodhan S. Wynar research paper award in 2012.