ISKO UK Conference 2015 - Call for Papers

I’m honoured to be associated with the ISKO UK biennial conference on knowledge organisation. This is a small, highly focused conference, and one of the best around in bringing practical and theoretical perspectives to bear on issues and methods in knowledge organisation. They have just issued a call for papers for their 2015 conference, which will be held 13-14 July 2015. Consider putting in a proposal! See under the fold for the call for papers details.

Conference scope and topics

Any aspect, application or subdiscipline of knowledge organization is in scope, provided the submission casts light on the potential benefit – past, present or future – for society, scholarship and progress. R&D reports that can be applied in today’’s mobile, networked environment are especially welcome. While forward-looking presentations are preferred, submissions demonstrating that KO offers no future benefit could also be within scope, and will be considered on their merits. Examples of relevant topics include:

The impact of historical KO developments e.g. launch of UDC, influence of Vannevar Bush, etc.
Prospects for future influential KO developments
Trends in current KO research and where they may lead
Costs and benefits of applying and exploiting techniques such as classification, social tagging, linked data, corporate taxonomies, metadata, etc.
Case studies/outcomes of applying KO within the enterprise
Prospects for integrating more KO techniques into applications such as email, records management, online sales outlets, social media
Evaluation/appraisal of social tagging
Linked open data initiatives and their impact
Use of metadata in coordinating or simplifying workflows
Ontologies to improve search results across networked resources
Semantic modelling applications
KO applied to “Big Data”
Development and impact of vocabulary crosswalks and registries
Tools, techniques, training and applications for KOS alignment
KO for improving access to images or audio collections
Presentation format, submissions and acceptance criteria

The conference will include a mix of brief (20-minute) and long (40-minute) presentations, as well as a display of posters. Speakers will be asked to provide a paper as well as presenting the material in person. Together with slides and audio recordings, all the papers submitted will be published electronically on the conference website. After peer review the four best papers will be selected for publication in ISKO’s journal, Knowledge Organization.

Proposals should be submitted in English via <> after 8 October and before 29 November 2014 at latest. (To make the submission you will be asked to set up a user account with Conftool, our service provider.) The extent to which they demonstrate the benefits and/or impact of Knowledge Organization will be the first criterion for acceptance; other important factors include originality, clarity of expression and a sound basis on theory or current practice. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words, and indicate whether you plan a Brief or Long presentation, or a Poster. You will be informed by the first week of February 2015 whether your proposal has been accepted. Full papers should be submitted by 1 May 2015.

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