ISKO UK Meetups

ISKO UK Meetups are dedicated to discussing and debating a broad range of topics relating to knowledge organization. Throughout 2021, monthly ISKO UK Meetups are being organized as virtual events through the Knowledge Organization London group.

ISKO UK Meetup events provide an opportunity for specialists from different information domains and industries to share their experiences and exchange ideas and solutions for improving access to information and knowledge.

Whether physical or online, Meetup events provide an informal and friendly atmosphere and encourage interactions and networking between different professions sharing an interest in knowledge organization.

You can join - Knowledge Organization London group to receive updates and notifications about ISKO UK Meetups events and register for attendance. 

Forthcoming events

 Tuesday, 25 January 2022

The evolving role of metadata

by David Haynes

David Haynes will talk about ways in which metadata’s role in the digital economy is changing. In his book "Metadata for information management and Retrieval" he talks about the six purposes of metadata. Some areas such as information retrieval are due a re-think and other areas such as information governance are becoming more critical.

Details here

 Tuesday, 22 February 2022

E-commerce Search is Broken - How to Fix it With Open Source Software

by Charlie Hull

The simple truth is that if you can't find it, you won't buy it - but in that case why do so many e-commerce websites fail at the basics of search, with irrelevant or even zero results for the simplest of queries? Charlie will show examples of search failures and introduce Chorus, an open source reference implementation for powerful and relevant search that can be swiftly tuned to fix common e-commerce search issues.

Details here

Previous events

(for a complete list of past events see here)

Tuesday, 23 November 2021ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - Introduction to Wikibase

by Mohammed Sadat Abdulai, Georgina Burnett, Phil Stacey and Eugene Morozov

Details here

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Coping with complexity: building a knowledge graph for UK Parliament

by Anya Somerville and Michael Smethurst

Details here

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Copyright in a knowledge organization workplace

by Stephen Garfield

Details here.

Tuesday, 06 July 2021

On the pre-history of information technology

by Stephen Robertson

Details here.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 Semantic Tagging and Text Classification for Archives and Content Systems

by Chris Newell.

Many archives and content production systems suffer from a lack of comprehensive content metadata. This presentation describes work to overcome this using automated text tagging and classification tools which can be applied to text documents, video subtitles or speech-to-text transcripts. Read more...

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup: VocBench Workshops: Part 3: VocBench Vocabulary Versioning and Data Catalogue

by Armando Stellato, Phil Stacey and Eugene Morozov

In this last interactive workshop in the VocBench series, we'll talk about managing versions of your vocabulary. We'll provide an instance for all participants to get the first-hand experience - you'll be able to use a preloaded vocabulary to play along or bring your own. Read more...

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 

MS Teams – the case for Information Architecture and Governance

Presentation by Metataxis.

This presentation seeks to address the issues and challenges organisations and information managers are facing with the introduction of MS teams, providing practical advice on how to address them, focusing on the developing a robust information architecture and governance .

Details here

 Tuesday, 04 May 2021

ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup: VocBench Workshops: Part 2: VocBench Data Import with Sheet2RDF

by Armando Stellato, Phil Stacey and Eugene Morozov

In this second interactive workshop, we'll talk about importing existing vocabularies into VocBench. We'll use both standard format and Sheet2RDF feature. You'll be able to play along using the provided data. If you manage your vocabulary in a spreadsheet, you can bring it along, and we'll see what we can do! Read more...

 Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 Beyond the Hero's Journey

by Paul Rissen

Drawing upon the work of screenwriting experts, critics and academics, as well as seven years of experience with narrative online, this talk will demystify the process of crafting a narrative, showing how information architecture and structured thinking can help us make sense of the stories we tell ourselves every day. Read more...

 Tuesday, 06 April 2021

ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup: VocBench Workshops: Part 1: Introducing VocBench

by Armando Stellato, Phil Stacey and Eugene Morozov

"Introducing VocBench" is the first workshops in which speakers will present VocBench and explain the basics. A VocBench instance will be created to provide participants with a first-hand experience. Participants will be able to use preloaded vocabulary or bring their own. An open Q&A session is arranged to give participants an opportunity to ask questions and share their experience with VocBench. Read more...

 Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Going virtual with Taxonomy Boot Camp London

by Helen Lippell and Kat Allen from Taxonomy Boot Camp London

This was a very different talk from what might have been if we'd been asked in 2019. The call for papers for TBCL 2020 was sent out early last year, just as worrying news about the novel coronavirus were emerging.

Boot Camp has been running since 2016 (and its US sister event for over a decade). The last year has been unlike any other. We explained how we have adapted to changing circumstances to create an online version of our friendly and intensive conference. Read more...

 Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Searching fast and slow: exploring alternatives approaches to search for knowledge workers

Tony Russell-Rose is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. He is also Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Read more...

In this Meetup, Dr Tony Russell-Rose considers knowledge workers such as information professionals, legal researchers and librarians and their requirements to create and execute search strategies that are comprehensive, transparent, and reproducible. Read more...

Tuesday, 19  January 2021

Email and MS Teams from an information architecture perspective

In this Meetup, James Lappin  has explored what strategies towards email will best enable information professionals to make a positive contribution to how messages are managed, protected and exploited as a knowledge resource. Read more 

 James Lappin has spent over twenty years working in the field of archives and records management.  He has provided consultancy advice for UK Parliament as well as the Hinkley Point C nuclear power. James is currently working for the European Institutions. He is also carrying out a doctoral research project into archival policy towards email in conjunction with Loughborough University and the National Archives. James is the author of the Thinking Records blog and presenter of the IRMS podcast series.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Interactive workshop VocBench: getting started, installation step 1

VocBench is a web-based open source application to build knowledge organisation systems using SKOS, but it needs a bit of work get it running. In this interactive workshop, Phil Stacey and Eugene Morozov will walk through prerequisites and the local set up of VocBench step-by-step, and develop a simple taxonomy using Simple Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS). A Simple Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS) provides a standard way to represent knowledge organisation systems such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading systems and taxonomies within the framework of the Semantic Web.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Myths and Half Truths about Semantic Data Modelling

In this talk, Panos Alexopoulos, Head of Ontology at Textkernel,  described certain myths and half-truths that are found in the semantic modelling world and discussed what typically happens in reality. Read more...

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