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Making metadata work

Joint Meeting of ISKO UK (UK Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization), IRSG (Information Retrieval Special Interest Group of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT) and DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)

Monday 23rd June 2014

Wilkes Room – British Computer Society London Office, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
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The concept of Metadata is growing up, as we find applications far more sophisticated than just reading the label on the tin. In the early days of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) the most obvious aim was to enable us all to find stuff in the expanding Internet environment. Nowadays we see more opportunities in creating and exploiting linkages between diverse resources in a variety of networks, and in revolutionizing the media production workflow so that semantic connections support the user while removing inefficiencies.

“While definitions of ‘Metadata’ may vary, for me it means the nuts and bolts, as well as the lubricating oil, for managing any kind of information flow today,” declared the chairman Stella Dextre Clarke. “If you like, it’s an engineering concept applied to knowledge and information management, and can even claim a social engineering component now we’re into social media and tagging.” And so an audience of over 100 registered for this event – a showcase for the latest developments in the evolution of the Semantic Web, exploitation of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), metadata annotation to aid workflow automation, information retrieval in networks of diverse media assets, Linked Data, and other opportunities for using metadata.

The day was modular, with a choice of workshop or tutorial in the morning, followed by a plenary afternoon programme, thus:

Tutorial: Metadata management in Sharepoint (10.00 – 12.00)
Workshop : Vocabularies and the potential for linkage (9.30 – 12.30)

Plenary: Afternoon programme (14.00 – 18.00)

Details of the programmes, speaker and presentations for each of these may be found on their respective pages. Slides for all of the presentations may be downloaded for further study, and audio recordings will be added when available. See also Martin White’s reflections at http://www.intranetfocus.com/archives/1933.

On the day, the tutorial and the workshop were oversubscribed and so the tutorial will be repeated on 15 September, at a different venue. Click here for details and booking. Although the workshop cannot be repeated, a full report is now available, and a follow-up workshop co-organized by the European chapter of NKOS (Networked Knowledge Organization Systems) will take place in London on 11-12 September. Click here to see the Call for Proposals.


ISKO is a not-for-profit scientific/professional association with the objective of promoting research and communication in the domain of knowledge organization, within the broad field of information science and related disciplines. Founded in 2007, our UK Chapter has been attracting lively and steadily growing audiences to its afternoon meeting series (see slides and recordings at http://www.iskouk.org/events.htm). Its third conference was held in July 2013 on the general theme of “Knowledge organization – pushing the boundaries” http://www.iskouk.org/conf2013/.


Established in 1978, the main aim of the BCS IRSG is supporting the communication between information retrieval (IR) researchers and practitioners, promoting the use of IR methods in industry and raising public awareness of IR-related topics. Recognizing IR as an interdisciplinary field, a further aim of the BCS IRSG is to act as a link between computer science, library and information science and also cognate communities (like natural language processing).


The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is an open, international forum for the development of interoperable online metadata standards with diverse applications. DCMI’s activities include consensus-driven working groups, global conferences and workshops, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices. DCMI is a project of ASIS&T (the Association for Information Science and Technology).