- Ph.D., Information Studies, University of Sheffield, 1994
- M.Sc., Information Management, University of Sheffield, 1991
- B.A. (now M.A.), Philosophy / Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1987
Teaching and Research Interests
Jonathan Furner studies cultural informatics, and the history and philosophy of information science. He is interested in the theoretical foundations of services that provide access to texts, images, and other cultural artifacts, and he draws on the ideas and methods of analytical philosophy and cultural history, as well as on library, archive, and museum studies. He writes papers and teaches courses on concepts of information; information ethics; metadata; library classification; archival description; museum informatics; visual resources; information services in the arts and humanities; and bibliometrics. He is editor of the "Advances in Information Science" series of review articles in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology; co-editor of the MIT Press book series on "History and Foundations of Information Science"; a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' Working Group on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records; and a member of the Dewey Decimal Classification's Editorial Policy Committee.
Philosophy and information studies. In Annual Review of Information Science and Technology: Vol. 44, ed. Blaise Cronin, 161-200. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2010.
Folksonomies. In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, ed. Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Maack, 1858-1866. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010.
Dewey deracialized: A critical race-theoretic perspective. Knowledge Organization 34 (2007): 144-168.
Conceptual analysis: A method for understanding information as evidence, and evidence as information. Archival Science 4 (2004): 233-265.
Information studies without information. Library Trends 52 (2004): 427-447.