ANDREW MACFARLANE is a Reader in Information Retrieval at City, University of London. He is a member of the Centre for HCI Design at at that institution. His research interests in information retrieval or search technologies are wide ranging from the technical side of computing (search algorithms) to information science (meta-data for search) and HCI (accessible information retrieval systems). He has developed a particular interest over the years in professional search in various environments such as journalism and advertising and has been an investigator on a number of different projects investigating key issues in this field.

Title of Andrew's talk: Exploiting information assets to enhance verification in Journalism: the DMINR approach

SONDESS MISSAOUI is a research fellow at the University of York, and was formally a member of both the DMINR project and the Centre for HCI Design at City. Her research focuses on machine learning, information retrieval, and information filtering systems. She is interested in designing and evaluating personalised and context-aware search systems that enable to improve the user experience while maintaining the retrieval accuracy.

Title of Sondess' talk: Exploiting information assets to enhance verification in Journalism: the DMINR approach

NEIL MAIDEN is Professor of Digital Creativity at the Business School (formerly Cass) at City, University of London, and Director of the National Centre for Creativity enabled by AI funded by Research England. His current research interests include uses of artificial intelligence to augment human creativity and enhancing design methods and tools to generate more creative solutions. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of over £64 million. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005-2013. Read more on the Neil's webpage.

Title of Neil's talk: Exploiting information assets to enhance creativity and innovation: the CebAI approach

MARTIN WHITE is Managing Director of Intranet Focus Ltd. which he founded in 1999. He has carried out over 100 intranet projects in the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East, run workshops on intranet management and enterprise search management and keynoted at many conferences around the world. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Information School, University of Sheffield since 2002 and is Vice-Chairman of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BSC IRSG). He is the author of eight books, including "Making Search Work" (Facet Publishing 2008) and "Enterprise Search" (O'Reilly Media 2015). His primary area of research is understanding the factors that affect the way that information flows around organizations (learn more about his most recent research).

Title of Martin's talk: Using computational ethnography to track information use in knowledge organisations

GERARD COEN is part of the Research Data Expert Team at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), the Dutch National Centre of Expertise and Repository for Research Data. Gerard has worked on building a Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) Observatory, to explore the histories and evolution of systems such as ontologies, taxonomies, thesauri and other vocabularies. He is an Editor of the Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (BARTOC), and Treasurer of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) Low Countries Chapter. He also works on projects for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). He is the project co-lead for the FAIRsFAIR project. In addition to project management and coordination he focuses on the task related to FAIR Semantics.

Title of Gerard's talk: Observing trajectories in Science: Building the DANS KOS Observatory

UMA BALAKRISHNAN holds a Master degree in Library and Information Science from Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen). She is in charge of subject indexing and KOS related projects at the Head office of the Common Library Network GBV (Verbundzentrale des GBV - VZG)). Uma is a leader on the mapping initiative coli-conc project. Her responsibilities and interests include KOS, semantic web, metadata standards and interoperability and users search interface. She represents the VZG at various expert panels such as the AG-K10plus SE (Expert Group for K10plus Subject indexing), the FAG-EI (GBV Expert Group for Information and Indexing), the European Dewey User Group and the Regensburg Verbund Classification User group.

Title of Uma's talk: Looking both ways, BARTOC then and now as it prepares for the future of Knowledge Organization

 JAKOB VOSS works in Research and Development at the headquarters of Common Library Network (Verbundzentrale des GBV - VZG) in Göttingen (Germany). He graduated computer science and philosophy, and holds an MA and a PhD degrees in library information science from Humboldt University (Berlin). His research interest include data modelling, interoperability and knowledge organization. Jakob participated in the founding of Wikimedia Germany and has long been active in the Wikimedia movement, in particular Wikidata and WikiCite.

Title of Jakob's talk: Looking both ways, BARTOC then and now as it prepares for the future of Knowledge Organization

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