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Joseph T. Tennis

CV Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
jtennis@uw.edu
Mary Gates Hall 370G
Phone: 206-616-2542 | Fax: 206-616-3152

Specialization

  • Classification Theory
  • Information Provenance and Versioning
  • Comparative Metadata Analysis

Biography

Research: The focus of my research is classification theory. This subfield of Information Science is concerned with the evaluation of classification practices and structures. Classification theory critiques these processes and structures in order to improve existing systems and future system design. Theorists can critique these systems from a number of viewpoints. I look at how systems change over time, compare with one another when diverse design requirements are invoked by different communities, and how systems can interoperate in the web environment. I am increasingly interested in ethics of information organization, and novel ways to evaluate structures in diverse and varied work practice contexts and discourses.

Education

  • Ph D, Information Science, University of Washington, 2005
  • SpLIS, Book History, Indiana University, 2000
  • MLIS, Indiana University, 1999
  • BA, Lawrence University, 1998

Awards

  • Invited Symposium Participant - UCLA, 2017
  • Invited Professor - Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3, 2016
  • Best Paper in the Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards Track - Digital Cultural Heritage 2015, 2015
  • Coorientador, Menção Honrosa do Prêmio Capes de Tese 2014 da área de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas I - State University of São Paulo, 2014
  • Nominated for PROF Award - University of Washington Information School, 2014
  • ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Award - Association for Library and Information Science Education, 2012
  • Best Poster Award - iConference 2012, 2012
  • Conferencier for the Second Milwaukee Ethics of Information Organization Conference - School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2012
  • Nominated for PROF Award - University of Washington Information School, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar - São Paulo State Research Foundation, 2011
  • Nominated for PROF Award - University of Washington Information School, 2010
  • Beta Phi Mu - Indiana University, 2000

Consulting and Other Projects

  • Artefactual Systems, British Columbia
  • League of Comics Librarians, Seattle

Memberships

  • American Society for Information Science & Technology, Classification Research Special Interest Group
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology, History and Foundations of Information Science Special Interest Group
  • International Association of Ontology and its Applications
  • International Society for Knowledge Organization

Publications and Contributions

Presentations

  • A Faculty of One with Faculty Affairs: An Undepartmentalized Model of iSchool Faculty Shared Governance (2017)
    iConference 2017 - Wuhan, China
  • Conceptual Geometry and Analytico-Synthetic Techniques in Classification (2017)
    International Conference on Knowledge Organization for Information Management: Revisiting Ranganathan - Chennai, India
  • Do We Have All the Terms for this Art?: Exploring the Nature and Continued Conceptualization of KOS through their Collective and Individual Histories (2017)
    Observatory for Knowledge Organization Systems Workshop - Valetta, Malta
  • Expressing and Obscuring Throughout: Politics, Values, and Semantics Derived form a Conceptual Analysis of Classification Terms (2017)
    Politics of Classification, Invitational Multidisciplinary Symposium - Los Angeles, CA
  • Horizons of Research in Knowledge Organization (2017)
    International Society for Knowledge Organization - Coimbra, Portugal
  • Through Formal Analysis and Theories of Meaning: Extending the Trajectory of S. R. Ranganathan’s Theoretical Frameworks in Classification Research (2017)
    Sarada Ranganathan Endowment lectures/Ranganathan Memorial - Chennai, India
  • Construct and Construct Patterns for Ethical Knowledge Organization (2016)
    European and International Doctoral Seminar on Advances in Social Sciences and Humanities: State of the Art, Findings, Perspectives from France and the International Community, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Contextual Forensics and Archival Metadata (2016)
    Guest lecture in PhD, Master 1 and 2 Courses, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Dublin Core at 21 and Beyond: On Solid Foundations We Build New Work (2016)
    Dublin Core at 21, IFLA Satellite Meeting - Dublin, OH
  • Enumerative, Faceted, and Second-Order Classification Theory (2016)
    Guest lecture in PhD Course, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Information Provenance and Versioning: Ontogeny and Its Constructs (2016)
    Guest lecture in Master 1 Course, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • iSchools and the iSchools Movement (2016)
    Guest lecture in PhD, Master 1 and 2 Courses, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Know You Do Wrong: Intentionality, Ethics, and Knowledge Organization (2016)
    European and International Doctoral Seminar on Advances in Social Sciences and Humanities: State of the Art, Findings, Perspectives from France and the International Community, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Metadata in the Wild: Comparative Analysis of Knowledge Organization Structures, Practices, and Discourses (2016)
    Guest lecture in Master 1 Course, Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Renewable Concepts: Intellectual Landscape of Knowledge Organization for a Sustainable World." KO for a Sustainable World: ISKO Perspectives. (2016)
    International Society for Knowledge Organization Conference (ISKO) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Structure of Classification Theory: On Foundational and the Higher Layers of Classification Theory (2016)
    13th Annual Conference on Knowledge Organization - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The Creativity of Classificationists: What Archival Records Show about the Global and Local Considerations in Classification Design (2016)
    Global/Local Knowledge Organization: Contexts and Questions Panel, at Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Hamburg Hydra and Semantics: Classification, Ethnography, Provenance, and Truth (2016)
    Digital Humanities Cross-Disciplinary Lecture, Linnaeus University - Växjö, Sweden
  • Archival Metadata for Digital Cultural Heritage: Conceptual Provenance, Contextual Forensics, and the Authority of the Found Digital Object (2015)
    Digital Cultural Heritage 2015 Conference - Granada, Spain
  • Cannons, Connections, and Questions (2015)
    Round Table Talk at 2015 ISKO-Brazil Conference - Marília, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Casting Our Eyes Over the Threads of the Cataloguer's Work: Population Perspective in Metadata Research (2015)
    Evolution and variation of classification systems: how stable is the organization of knowledge and how diverse is its representations? Toward a Metadata Observatory, eHumanities Group, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Categoriography: Thick Description of Semantics in Long-lived Complex Information Systems (2015)
    New Trends in eHumanities, eHumanities Group, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Conceptual Provenance in Indexing Languages (2015)
    iTrust Interdisciplinary Workshop on Provenance. World Bank. - Washington, D. C.
  • Constructs and Construct Patterns for Ethical Knowledge Organization (2015)
    Third Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Epistemic, Ontic, Axiologic, and Praxic Constructs in Knowledge Organization Research (2015)
    2015 ISKO-Brazil Conference - Marília, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Foundational, First-Order, and Second-Order Classification Theory (2015)
    North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - Los Angeles, CA
  • Intentional Practice in Knowledge Organization and Librarianship (2015)
    College Librarians and Media Specialists of Washington State 2015 Conference - Everett, Washington
  • Invisible ‘Conceptual’ Art and the Harm It Can Do: Defining the Aesthetics of the Archive, Classification, and Knowledge Organization (2015)
    This Might Now Work interdisciplinary presentation series. Photo Center Northwest - Seattle, Washington
  • Local and Global Knowledge Organization: Constructs, Commonalities, and our new Cartography (2015)
    Local and Global Knowledge Organization - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • On Operationalization and Evaluation of Epistemic and Ontological Claims to Knowledge Organization (2015)
    American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group/Classification Research Workshop - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Words and Emotional Work: Classification Theory’s Constructs Useful for the Analysis of Social Media Data in Terms of Gender, Race, and Sexuality (2015)
    Workshop on Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality through Social Media Data - Newport Beach, California
  • 2014 San Francisco Zen Center Archives Project (2014)
    San Francisco Zen Center - San Francisco, CA
  • A Crucible for Collections and Classification: The Built Environment, the Social Milieu and Their Effect on Bibliographical Access in of New York City Libraries 1890-1930 (2014)
    Research Conversation, University of Washington Information School - Seattle, WA
  • A New York Semantic Pastiche: Writing and Intertextuality in the Billings Classification (2014)
    Society for Textual Studies 18th International Interdisciplinary Conference - Seattle, WA
  • A New York Semantic Pastiche: Writing and Intertextuality in the Billings Classification (2014)
    Society for Textual Studies 18th International Interdisciplinary Conference - Seattle, WA
  • Cannons, Affiliations, and Polytely: The Future of Knowledge Organization and ISKO (2014)
    A Discussion panel. ISKO and KO 25 Anniversary: The Future of Knowledge Organization and ISKO. International Society for Knowledge Organization - Krakow, Poland
  • Description and Différance: Archive, Library, and Museum Descriptive Traditions and Their Educational Communities and Cultures (2014)
    Association of Information Science and Technology annual meeting (ASIS&T) - Seattle, WA
  • Evidence or Tea Leaves? Digital Records, Fragmented Systems, and Authenticity Metadata (2014)
    Investigating the Archive: Memory & Identity, The Royal Society of Edinburgh - Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Intensional Megacities: Toward Mapping the Semantics of Linked Classification Schemes (2014)
    American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group/Classification Research Workshop - Seattle, WA
  • Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Connecting Educational Cultures and Communities (2014)
    ASIS&T Annual Conference - Seattle, WA
  • Linnaean Fever: Symptoms and Heuristics in the Order of the Archive (2014)
    University of Washington Art Department - Seattle, WA
  • Load Bearing or Levittown? The Edifice Metaphor in Conceptualizing the Ethos of Classification Work (2014)
    13th Annual Conference on Knowledge Organization - Krakow, Poland
  • Me, My Metadata, and the NSA: Privacy and Government Metadata Surveillance Programs (2014)
    iConference 2014 - Berlin, Germany
  • Metadata, Mutatis Mutandis: Cloud-Based Conceptions of Authenticity Metadata (2014)
    Provenance, Metadata & Ethics: Trust and Recordkeeping in the Cloud?, Society for American Archivists - Washington, DC
  • Methodological Constructs in Subject Ontogeny Research (2014)
    University of Washington Information School Research Fair - Seattle, WA
  • Networks, Authenticity, Metadata, and the Cloud (2014)
    International Symposium on Records in the Cloud - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Rubrics of Authenticity in the Cloud: Metadata, Description, Documentation, and Discussion (2014)
    International Council on Archives - Girona, Spain
  • Collocative Integrity and Our Many Varied Subjects: What the Metric of Alignment between Classification Scheme and Indexer Tells Us About Langridge?s Theory of Indexing (2013)
    North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - Milwaukee, WI
  • Constructs in Knowledge Organization Systems: Rhythm in Time, Intention, and Form (2013)
    9th Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization - French Chapter - Paris, France
  • Diplomatics as a Methodological Perspective for Archival Knowledge Organization (2013)
    North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - Milwaukee, WI
  • Immovable Types, Conceptual Neighborhoods, or Semantic Diaspora? Making Sense of the Findings from the Ontogenic Analysis of a Long-Lived Classification Scheme (2013)
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Justified and True Intentions: Epistemic Assumptions in KOS Research (2013)
    Uncovering Epistemological Assumptions underlying Research in Information Studies, Association for Information Science and Technology - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Metadata and Schema Issues as Part of ChronoZoom 2.0 (2013)
    January Kickoff for ChronoZoom 2.0 Summit, Microsoft Research - Redmond, WA
  • Metaphors of Time and Installed Knowledge Organization Systems: Ouroboros, Architectonics, or Lachesis? (2013)
    Conceptions of Library and Information Science 8, Det Informationsvidenskabelige Akademi - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Open Worlds in Closed Systems: The Methodological Concerns at the Intersection of Literary Warrant and Scheme Change (2013)
    UCLA - Los Angeles, CA
  • Temporal Aspects of Metadata Aggregations in Cultural Heritage Repositories: ChronoZoom HathiTrust and the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Contemporary Information Organization (2013)
    2013 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, ACM/IEEE - Indianapolis, IN
  • The Strange Case of Eugenics: A Subject?s Ontogeny in a Long-Lived Classification Scheme and the Question of Collocative Integrity (2013)
    ALISE ?13: Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, ALISE - Seattle, WA
  • The Weight of Language and Action: Epistemic Stance, Methodological Action, and Theoretical Perspective in Knowledge Organization (2013)
    41st Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science - Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Toward a Taxonomy of Harm in Knowledge Organization Systems (2013)
    North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - Milwaukee, WI
  • A Convenient Verisimilitude or Oppressive Internalization? Characterizing the Ethical Arguments surrounding Hierarchical Structures in Knowledge Organization Systems (2012)
    2nd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics of Information Organization - Milwaukee, WI
  • Aeons and Flux: Timelines and Epistemes in Classification Design and Evaluation (2012)
    American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group/Classification Research Workshop (ASIST SIG/CR) - Baltimore, MD
  • Authenticity Metadata and the IPAM: Progress toward the InterPARES Application Profile (2012)
    International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications: Metadata for Meeting Global Challenges - Kuching, Malaysia
  • Constant Pioneers: The Citation Frontiers of Indexing Theory in ISKO International Proceedings (2012)
    12th International Conference for Knowledge Organization - Mysore, India
  • Data, Documents, and Memory: A Taxonomy of Sources in Relation to Digital Preservation Metadata (2012)
    Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation, UNESCO - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Enumerating and Erasing Eugenics in the DDC: Methodological Concerns at the Intersection of Literary Warrant and Scheme Change (2012)
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
  • Facets and Fugit Tempus: Considering Time in Faceted Classification Schemes (2012)
    12th International Conference for Knowledge Organization - Mysore, India
  • Neither Editor nor Librarian: The Interventions Required in the New Context of Texts in the Digital World (2012)
    Modern Language Association - Seattle, WA
  • Precepts for an Engaged Knowledge Organization." Transl. "Preceitos para uma Organiza??o do conhecimento comprometida ? EKO (2012)
    Univerisade de Estaudual Paulista - Mar­lia, Brazil
  • Precepts for an Engaged Knowledge Organization." Transl. "Preceitos para uma Organiza??o do conhecimento comprometida ? EKO (2012)
    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florian›polis, Brazil
  • Some Temporal Aspects of Indexing and Classification: Toward a Metrics for Measuring Scheme Change (2012)
    iConference 2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Subject Ontogeny and Scheme Versioning: A Semantic Archaeology and Its Methods (2012)
    Round Table on Emerging Research in Knowledge Organization hosted by Univerisade de Estaudual Paulista, UNESP, Univerisade de Estaudual Paulista, UNESP - Mar­lia, Brazil
  • Subject Ontogeny, Intention in Indexing, and Descriptive Informatics (2012)
    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florian›polis, Brazil
  • Tale of Two Timelines: Structural Analysis and Comparison of Chain of Preservation Metadata and Classification Scheme Change Over Time (2012)
    Research Conversation, University of Washington, iSchool - Seattle, WA
  • The Strange Case of Eugenics vs. Anatomy: Investigating and Benchmarking Change in Subject Classification (2012)
    University of Montreal - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Time Capsulation: Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Studying Scheme Change (2012)
    McGill University - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Toward a Geometry of Meaning: Some Work on Creating a Systematic Evaluation Rubric for Knowledge Organization Systems (2012)
    Research Conversation - Seattle, WA
  • Trust, Conflicting Rights, and Metadata (2012)
    Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study Exploratory Workshop on Trust and Conflicting Rights in the Digital Environment - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Clarity in Form and Purpose: Metadata beyond the Schemas (2011)
    ACA - Association of Canadian Archivists - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Classification (Guest Lecture) (2011)
    University of Montreal - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Comparative Modeling of Vickery's Faceted Classification and the Oeuvre of S. R. Ranganathan (2011)
    Facets of Knowledge Organization: A Tribute to Professor Brian Vickery, ISKO-United Kingdom - London, England, United Kingdom
  • Description Writ Large: Comparisons and Crossovers in the Lineages of Archival and Bibliographic Description (2011)
    Niter›i, Brazil
  • Diachrony in Indexing Languages: A Case Study of Anatomy and Eugenics in the Dewey Decimal Classification (2011)
    Linguistics Department Colloquium - Seattle, WA
  • Forms, Knowledge, and Forms of Knowing: Epistemology and Knowledge Organization (2011)
    ISKO-Brazil Conference on KO and Representation - Brasilia, Brazil
  • Leveraging Metadata: Interoperability Across Systems, Time and Conceptions (2011)
    Annual Meeting, Society of American Archivists - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Precepts for an Engaged Knowledge Organization." Transl. "Preceitos para uma Organiza??o do conhecimento comprometida ? EKO (2011)
    State University of S?o Paulo - Mar­lia, Brazil
  • The Scaffolding of Self-Becoming: Some Feminist Perspectives on Structure and Semantics in Knowledge Organization (2011)
    Research Conversation, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Form, Intention, and Indexing: Liminal Conception Work and Integrated Conception of Self and Labor in Knowledge Organization (2010)
    Special Interest Group/Classification Research Workshop, ASIS&T - American Society for Information Science & Technology - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Knowledge Organization as Design Research (2010)
    DUB Colloquium, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Measured Time: Imposing a Temporal Metric to Classificatory Structures (2010)
    International Conference, ISKO - International Society for Knowledge Organization - Rome, Italy
  • Metadata: Interoperability Across Systems, Time, and Conceptions (2010)
    International Symposium, InterPARES 3 Project - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Modeling Ranganathan's Classification Theory Using IDEF0 Formalism (2010)
    Research Conversations, Information School, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Report on Metadata Developments (1): Interoperability Across Systems, Time, and Conceptions (2010)
    International Symposium, InterPARES 3 Project - Oslo, Norway
  • Things Change. The Ontogenetics of Class Populations in Vocabularies (2010)
    Semantic Web in Biomedicine Seminar, Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Engaged Knowledge Organization: A Rationale, Background, and Agenda for Work (2009)
    Annual Conference, Track 2: Knowledge Organization, ASIS&T - American Society for Information Science & Technology - Joao Pessoa, Brazil
  • 2008@myStuffWicked and [within double rules] An Account | OF | VIRTUE: | OR, | Dr. Henry More's | ABRIDGEMENT | OF | MORALS, | Put into Engli?h. ||: The Landscape of Contemporary Resource Description (2008)
    Bridge Consortium, Carleton College/St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN
  • Going through the motions: The process and product of tagging (2008)
    Athenaeum Panel Presentation, Carleton College - Northfield, MN
  • Semantics on the web (2008)
    Guest Lecture, Carleton College - Northfield, MN
  • Work-Thema, Theme-Nomen, and Group 3: Or What Is It All About? (2008)
    Annual Conference, ISKO - International Society for Knowledge Organization - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Epistemic Constructs in the Design, Study, and Critique of Knowledge Organization Structures (2007)
    International Conference, Information Resources Management Association - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Metadados de documentos digitais: The InterPARES 2 Metadata Schema (2007)
    Seminÿrio Internacional de Documentos Digitais - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Policies and Development of Contemporary Descriptive Practice: A Brave New World (2007)
    Annual Conference, British Columbia Library Association Conference - Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Semantic Carnival: Tagging and the New Descriptive Acts of the Next Generation Web (2007)
    Emerging Scholars: An iSchool PhD Alumni Lecture, Information School, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Concept evolution (subject ontogeny) in the NLM classification scheme: a case study (2006)
    Annual Conference, Canadian Health Libraries Association - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Metadata and Description as seen in the InterPARES 2 Investigations and the Chain of Preservation Model of Electronic Records (2006)
    International Symposium on Electronic Records - Singapore
  • Vocabularies (2006)
    Annual Conference, DCMA - Dublic Core and Metadata Applications - Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Accessing and Managing e-Resources: a discussion (2005)
    E-Library Committee, University of British Columbia Library - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • InterPARES Findings and the GoC Records Management Metadata Standard and Application Profile (2005)
    Library and Archives Canada - Ottawa, CA
  • What the Future Holds: Issues and Trends Impacting Cataloguers (2005)
    Annual Conference: From Scrolls to eBooks, BC Library Conference - Burnaby, BC, Canada