Peter Ingwersen

Professor Emeritus, D. Ph., h.c.

■ Royal School of Library and Information Science,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Adjunct Professor
■ Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
■ Åbo University Academy, Turku, Finland

Information Retrieval Interaction, Taylor Graham, London, 1992
Scientometric Indicators and Webometrics—and the Polyrepresentation Principle in IR, ESS ESS Publications, Bangalore, 2012


From 1973-80 I lectured on information storage and retrieval, cataloguing and indexing theory and carried out research on cognitive aspects of information seeking and retrieval. Back at RSLIS as Associate Professor from 1984, I worked in a new department dealing with information resource management and design of specialized information services and systems for industry and institutions. This lead to several advanced courses in Information Systems Design , mainly geared to information specialists in knowledge institutions . Elements from these courses became building blocks in the MSc courses, started up at RSLIS from 1990, and including Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, information Science Theory and Scientific Communication.


I served as expert consultant in the 1990s in several ESPRIT projects on the design of knowledge-based IR interfaces and systems, and participated in the development of the information system of the Danish Parliament. In addition I served as EU reviewer on ESPRIT and Basic Research (LTR) projects (SIMPR; FERMI), and participated in the three-year ESPRIT Long Term Research consortium (MIRA) developing evaluation methods for interactive multi-media retrieval, sponsored by the EU Commission.

I was invited as Visiting Professor during the Spring-term 1987 at Rutgers University, NJ, USA, invited by Professor Nick Belkin, the School of Communication and Information. I have been Visiting Scholar at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, 1996 and at University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 1997, one month respectively. In 1999-2002 I served as Visiting Professor at the Department of Information Studies, Tampere University, Finland, sponsored by the Nordic Research Academy (Norfa), now named NORDFORSK. I was invited as Visiting Scholar by Shanghai Library and China Academy of Science, the Documentation and Information Center, Shanghai in August, 2003—and again in 2008. I am member of the Advisory Board of the International Collaborative Academy of Library and Information Science (ICALIS), Wuhan University, from 2008. I was also invited as Visiting Scholar at National Centre for Science Information, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, December 2010, where I had the privilege to give the Sarada Ranganathan Endowment Lecture.


I was invited Chair or member of four international university network or departmental research assessment committees in Republic of South Africa (1996), Spain (2005) and University of Tampere, Department of Information Studies, Finland (2008). Most recently I participated as panel member at the departmental and centre evaluation of CWTS, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2008. I was member of the evaluation panel of candidates for the Spanish CONEX programme, University Carlos 3, Madrid, 2014. Since 1993 I participated in 19 professorial evaluation committees and was official external examiner at 22 doctoral dissertations worldwide.

Since 2000 I have supervised 10 doctoral theses on interactive IR, Citation-based IR, Webometrics and Small World phenomena, Thesaurus design & use, Collaborative information seeking and Informetric methods applied to thesaurus design as well as on Museum taxonomies for cultural heritage. I did supervise long-term visiting Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and UK post-doctoral and doctoral researchers and visiting professors. From 1998 I organized several one and two-week international doctoral research courses, on Information Seeking and Retrieval (ISR) and Informetrics, sponsored by the Nordic Academy of Research (NORFA, presently NORDFORSK), and I participated in several Nordic and EU sponsored PhD courses and summer schools (e.g. ESSIR from 1999-2005).

South Africa

I was member of the Standing Executive Committees of the NORFA-sponsored research network for Information Studies: NORDISNet 1998-2002 with 1.5 Mill. NOK, the ensuing Nordic research school, NORSLIS, 2004-2008, sponsored by NordForsk with 1 Mill NOK/year, and the South African research educational network sponsored by DANIDA 1998-2000 with 2.6 Mill. DKK.

Since 1989 I am member of the ACM-SIGIR international Program Committee, and served as its EU Program Chair 1995 and 2000. As Conference Chairman I organized the 15th ACM-SIGIR Conference on R&D in Information Retrieval, held in Copenhagen, June 1992, and co-chaired the CoLIS 2-4 Conferences on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, held in Copenhagen, 1996, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1999, and Seattle, USA, 2002. I instigated the Information Interaction in Context (IIiX) symposium series 2006-2014, which from 2016 has merged with the HCI symposiums into the international ACM/SIGIR Conference on Human Interaction and Information Retrieval (CHIIR). I am member of its Steering Committee 2016-2017. I served as Co-Chair of the 2013 ICTIR Conference on IR theory in Copenhagen.

Peter Ingwersen & Nicholas Belkin

I served as member of the editorial board of Journal of Documentation 1990-2001 and Journal of Informetrics 2006-2016, and is currently board member of the Journal of American Society of Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Scientometrics, Information Processing & Management, Chinese Journal of Science & Technology Information, South African Journal of Library and Information Science, and the electronic journal Cybermetrics. I have served the selection Committee for the ASIS&T Research Award as member 2010-2011 and Chair 2012-2013.

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