In today’s information society, many professional societies enliven the scene, each with its own specialism or community of practice to support. But how to avoid entrapment in silos? ISKO UK believes in collaboration, not just to spread our own message, but also to benefit from the expertise and accomplishments of colleagues working in related fields.

The following joint activities have emerged so far:

DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative) worked with us and IRSG to arrange a very successful "Making Metadata Work" day in 2014, including a tutorial on metadata management in Sharepoint and a workshop on linking up vocabularies, as well as the main programme of presentations.

Joint events with IRSG (Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS) include “I think, therefore I classify” in July 2012 as well as "Making Metadata Work" in June 2014. More recently both of us have been collaborating to organize the annual Search Solutions meetings, of which the latest was held in November 2017. IRSG also works with us and UKeiG to promote the annual Tony Kent Strix Award.

KIDMM , a discussion community of the BCS engaged with Knowledge, Information, Data and Metadata Management; helped us organize a “Meta Knowledge Mash-up 2.0,” held on 8 October 2008.

LIRG (Library and Information Research Group) is a special interest group of CILIP which promotes the value of information research and links research with practice - one of our own priorities. LIRG co-organized a special session during the 2013 ISKO UK conference.

LISG, the Location Information Specialist Group of the BCS, shares our interest in organizing geospatial information and helped us arrange a meeting on this topic in 2012.

The NKOS (Networked Knowledge Organization Systems) community is concerned with the functions and data models for enabling knowledge organization systems/services (KOS). The European wing of NKOS co-organized a session in our 2011 and took the lead role in a joint workshop during the 2014 International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL).

TiPS (Taxonomies in the Public Sector) is a public sector society that shares our interest in all kinds of knowledge organization system. TiPS joined us in setting up a very popular afternoon meeting in 2011, on the topic of public access to information.

It is always a pleasure to work with old friends in UKeiG (UK eInformation Group) , which promotes the effective exploitation and management of electronic information. UKeiG led one of the sessions in our 2013 Conference. In partnership with IRSG and CICAG as well as ISKO UK, UKeiG also supports and promotes the annual Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding achievement in information retrieval. In 2015 these four professional societies worked together to set up an Annual Lecture series, whereby each year the Award winner from the year before delivers an address on some aspect of their work. The 2015 lecture was given by Dr Susan Dumais, now of Microsoft; the 2016 lecture by Prof Peter Ingwersen. In 2017 it was the turn of Prof Maristella Agosti, and for 2018 we look forward to welcoming Maarten de Rijke, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam.

As well as organizing events, ISKO UK is very keen to support education and research. We offer discounts to students (with free entry to most of our afternoon meetings) and hope to develop productive relationships with all the universities and colleges in the UK where Knowledge Organization is taught. The first in line has been UCL (University College London), whose Department of Information Studies has provided the venue for a great many of our meetings, including all our conferences. Discussions are currently underway with the Department about grants to support student research and attendance of conferences.

Approaches from other potential collaborators are very welcome. Please contact any of our committee members (or if you prefer) to discuss the opportunities.

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