Michael Jensen in 2006
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Michael Jon Jensen has worked at the interface between digital technologies and scholarly/academic publishing since the late 1980s, and now consults in the field. He is writing this in the third person because it's a prerequisite for search engine optimization, especially with a popular name like Michael Jensen. His standard bio blurb goes like this:

For nearly fifteen years, Michael Jon Jensen helped guide the digital strategies of the National Academies Press and the National Academies. From 2007-2012, he served as Director of Strategic Web Communications for the Office of Communications of the National Academies and National Academies Press. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of Web Communications for the National Academies (2002-2007), and Director of Publishing Technologies (1998-2007) at the National Academies Press. This pioneering website makes more than 4500 books (more than a million pages) from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council fully browsable and searchable online for free (www.nap.edu). The site receives more than 1.5 million visitors per month, and boasts of some of the most advanced search and discovery tools available on any publisher's site, most of which were initially developed by Mr. Jensen. In 2001, Michael Jensen received the National Academies' "President's Award," its highest staff honor.

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Previously, Michael Jensen was Electronic Publisher at the Johns Hopkins University Press, and Electronic Media Manager at the University of Nebraska Press. He has been involved in publishing on the Internet long before the Web, and is a frequent speaker and consultant on electronic publishing issues. He directed or personally crafted such projects as the first searchable publisher's catalog online (via telnet, pre-gopher), a half-dozen major CD-ROM products, the Gallery of the Open Frontier at the University of Nebraska Press, and the online publication of several large reference works for Johns Hopkins University Press, The Johns Hopkins Online Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism (winner of the Association of American Publisher's 1997 "Best Electronic Product – Internet – Social Sciences/Humanities" award), and Walker's Mammals of the World Online, as well as directing the pioneering online journals project of the Johns Hopkins University Press, Project Muse, which in 1997 made more than 5,000 articles from 42 journals available for institutional online subscription in HTML format.

Michael teaches courses for the Master's in Publishing program at George Washington University (and has since its inception), has taught courses internationally through the World Bank, and developed publishing education programs for Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Czech Republic for the USIA. He is also the inventor of WordXS puzzles, editor of the (long languishing) Sustainable Personal Agriculture and Energy collection, and in 2008 co-founded and still co-edits ApocaDocs, the Internet's first humor site about impending environmental collapse.

Michael spends half his time consulting on strategic digital publishing, half on building a sustainable organic farm in Nova Scotia (Red Road Farm), and half on projects that teach him limits. He can be reached at (remove spaces) michael jon jensen AT gmail.com

Michael Jon Jensen's Recent Publications and Presentations:
  • Ethics, Publishing, and Planning for the Future: Framing Choices with Eyes Open, given at George Washington University's Master's in Publishing capstone conference, July 7, 2013.
  • University Presses in the Ecosystem of 2020, The Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 13, Issue 2, Fall 2010 DOI: /web/20140517220346/http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0013.209
  • Scholarly Publishing in the New Era of Scarcity, Plenary presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses, Philadelphia, 6/2009 (includes YouTube of presentation)
  • Keynote Address for JSTOR's 2008 Participating Publisher Conference, New York, 5/2008
  • The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, cover story, Volume 53, Issue 41, June 15, 2007, by Michael Jensen
  • The Deep Niche, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 10, No. 2, Spring 2007, by Michael Jensen
  • Publishing 2012: Current and Future Publishing Issues one-hour presentation to Washington Book Publishers, Washington, 4/2007
  • Publishing 2012, Preparing for the Future: Digital Strategies for Publishers 10 hours over three days, in partnership with World Bank Publishing and George Washington University, Mexico City, 2/2007
  • Authority 2.0 and 3.0 (PDF) originally presented at 50th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong University Press, 11/2006
  • Cover story in Book Business Magazine, 12/2006
  • Radio Interview on RTHK's "Naked Lunch" (Hong Kong), 24 minutes, RealAudio, 11/29/2006.
  • Evolution, Intelligent Designers, Climate Change, and the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem, Keynote speech for the Association of American University Presses' Electronic Publishing Workshop, New Orleans, June 15, 2006.
  • Evolution, Intelligent Design, Climate Change, and the Scholarly Ecosystem, Keynote speech for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Biannual Meeting, March 30, 2006.
  • Presses Have Little to Fear From Google, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Point of View, Volume 51, Issue 44, back page, July 7, 2005, by Michael Jensen
  • Selected Readings on Open Source, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Section: Information Technology, Volume 51, Issue 5, Page B23, Sept. 21, 2004, by Michael Jensen
  • Invited chapter in A Companion to Digital Humanities (2005), John Unsworth, Susan Schreibman, and Ray Siemens, editors. Local copy of Michael Jensen's "Intermediation and its Malcontents: Validating professionalism in the age of raw dissemination," by Michael Jensen
  • Discovery, Exploration, Distillation: Implicit Connections, Extractive Power, presentation to the Army's publishing arm by Michael Jensen
  • Applications of Digitization at The National Academies Press, Newberry Library, May, 2004, Michael Jensen
  • Beyond Google/Beyond Words, presentation by Michael Jensen at the 2/2003 Science Writers Association meeting, Denver.
  • Free Access and Increased Sales: The Online Paradox of The National Academies Press, invited presentation by Michael Jensen to the Swedish Library Association's Ebok 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden, November 2002