IAN RUTHVEN is a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. He works in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems. Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.

Keynote Address: Becoming Different: Information Behaviours in the Times of Personal Change

Invited Speakers

ENRICO DAGA  is Technical Director of the OU Open Knowledge Graph and of the MK Data Hub, a Smart City Data Infrastructure supporting research (SciRoc - robots in Smart Cities) and innovation (CityLABS project). He is a founder of the WHiSe Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web and co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Music (AIM) DARIAH WG. Enrico Daga has carried out R&D on Web Semantics first at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and then at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University in the UK. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is currently Research Fellow at the OU Knowledge Media Institute. After playing key roles in projects developing intelligent systems for Ontology Engineering (NeOn) and Smart Cities (MK:Smart), his current research is exploring novel methods for data curation (policies and process knowledge) and the application of Knowledge Graphs in the humanities. He is currently engaged in two EU-funded projects: SPICE -- as co-investigator, and Polifonia.

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DAVID ELSWEILER is a senior lecturer at the Chair for Information Science at the University of Regensburg. His research interests revolve around information behaviour, i.e., how people find, manage and share information of all kinds. Utilising a variety of empirical approaches, ranging from analyses of naturalistic log-data to laboratory studies to behavioural simulations, as well as qualitative approaches, such as interviews and think-alouds, provides multiple perspectives on diverse behaviours. His most recent work has focused on digital food choices and assessing the credibility of information sourced from the web. David completed an undergraduate degree and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow before moving to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. He has worked at the University of Regensburg since 2011, where he has since completed a habilitation project in the field of Information Science.

Title: Biases in Information Behaviour: Making (better) online choices 

PAUL GROTH is Professor of Algorithmic Data Science at the University of Amsterdam where he leads the Intelligent Data Engineering Lab (INDElab). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Elsevier Labs. His research focuses on intelligent systems for dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on web and science applications. This includes research in data provenance, data integration and knowledge sharing. Paul is scientific director of the UvA’s Data Science Center. Additionally, he is co-scientific director of two Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) labs: The AI for Retail (AIR) Lab - a collaboration between UvA and Ahold Delhaize; and the Discovery Lab - a collaboration between Elsevier, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam.  Paul is co-author of “Provenance: an Introduction to PROV” and “The Semantic Web Primer: 3rd Edition” as well as numerous academic articles.

Talk title: Knowledge Engineering in the Language Model Era

DAVID HAYNES teaches knowledge organization at Edinburgh Napier University. He is Secretary of ISKO and chairs the ISKO Working Group on Metadata Guidelines for Subject Access. He gained a PhD in Information Science from City, University of London after a 30-year career as an LIS researcher, consultant and project manager. He is the author of the book: Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval (2nd edition, 2018).

Talk title: Improving Search Quality by Enhancing Access to Metadata

STEPHANN MAKRI is an academic in the field of Human Information Interaction and self-proclaimed ‘prince of Serendip.’ He has researched the role of serendipity in digital information environments since 2010 and has advocated broadening the boundaries of information-seeking beyond active search – to passive forms of information acquisition, such as serendipitous information encountering. In 2016, he co-edited the book ‘Accidental Information Discovery: Cultivating Serendipity in the Digital Age’ (Chandos Publishing) with Tammera Race. His research in this area has featured widely in the media, including the BBC, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), The Times and Readers Digest.

Talk title: ‘Seeking Serendipity’ through Knowledge Organisation: Creating a Knowledge Infrastructure for Surprising, Meaningful Discoveries through Browsing

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 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. Personal webpage.

Talk title: Information Quality and its Impact on Enterprise Search Satisfaction

PETER WINSTANLEY is an ontologist in the Semantic Arts team. He has a diverse background with experience in medical research, government, and in standards development. He was a contributor to the W3C “Data on the Web Best Practices” recommendation and an editor of the W3C “Data Catalog” vocabulary recommendation. A former interoperability specialist with the UK Government Linked Data and Data Architects’ Working Groups and the European Commission “Joinup” semantic technologies community, he is currently co-Chair of the W3C Dataset Exchange Working Group.

Talk title: Is an Upper Ontology Useful?

MARCIA ZENG is Professor of Information Science at Kent State University (USA). Her primary research interests include knowledge organization systems, linked data, metadata, smart data and big data, semantic technologies, and digital humanities. Dr. Zeng has authored over 100 research papers and five books. She has chaired and served on committees, working groups, and executive boards including IFLA, SLA, ASIS&T, NISO, ISO, DCMI, ISKO, and W3C. She was a member of the working group that developed the international standard ISO 25964 (Thesauri and Interoperability with other vocabularies).

Title: Visual Representations of Knowledge Structures for Information Discovery

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