Jens-Erik Mai is a Professor of Information and an experienced university leader, having previously served as vice-dean at the University of Toronto, he is currently Head of the large, multi-disciplinary Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen. He is an active participant in the international information studies community as conference chair, workshop organiser, reviewer, editor, speaker, and editoral board member for the Journal of Documentation and Aslib Journal of Information Management.
His research concerns basic questions about data and information in the digital society — his research deals with philosophical, ethical, cultural, and contextual dimensions of information, information and communication technology, digital media, and information and cultural institutions. His has contributed to philosophy of information with analyses of information quality from a gricean perspective and to information ethics and privacy with analyses of the notion of personal information in the context of datafication. His contributions to knowledge organization/classification have had a significant impact on the area’s conceptual and methodological foundation, and his papers on semiotics, philosophy of language, and post-modernity within that area are widely cited and used.
Jens-Erik is currently PI on the collaborative, inter-disciplinary research project: “Don’t Take it Personal” – Privacy and information in an algorithmic age supported by Independent Research Fund Denmark and a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network D-CoDE.
Previously Jens-Erik was 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 The School of Information at 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 son.