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Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom

    In this virtual class, Sylvie Davies will tackle the challenges of describing the thought content of document using language, whether it is taken directly from the document or borrowed from a list of standardised/controlled vocabulary. She will cover the following items:

    • Preliminary considerations on function of language
    • Derived & assigned indexing
    • Definition of an indexing/tagging term
    • Methods for controlling vocabulary: 
      • collecting and standardising the vocabulary,
      •  displaying relationships between terms
    • Tools to support vocabulary control (glossaries, subject heading lists, classification schemes,  thesauri)

    The class will be delivered virtually via Zoom starting  at 18:30 (GMT) and will last approx. an hour allowing time for a break and questions.

    Applications to attend will be closed at midday on the day of the event, and joining instructions will be sent out soon after to those attending.

    * Attendance is free but registration is recommended as numbers are limited.

    This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, please contact 

    • 27 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom

    Jennifer Parrucci, Senior Taxonomist at The New York Times, will give a peak into the newspaper's legacy of metadata use, how tags are assigned today and how this metadata powers products and internal services.

    Jennifer has been working with Times Tags for over a decade. She began her career at The Times as an indexer for The New York Times Index where she worked writing abstracts and assigning metadata. Prior to her work at The Times she received her M.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute, where she later earned her certification in archives. Jennifer has always been passionate about books, organizing content, surfacing historical treasures and making sure that everyone can find what they need.

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    • 29 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
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    Subject headings: a word-based approach to organization and retrieval

     Prof. Vanda Broughton  will look at language as the primary means of search, and considers some of the problems associated with word-based retrieval, not least questions of bias and correctness. Her presentation will cover the following points.

    • Searching with terms or keywords is now a more usual default for most end-users
    • ‘Word’ based systems have some inherent difficulties (synonymy, homonymy, insignificant search terms, preferred and non-preferred terms ….)
    • How to present complexity of content, consistency and citation order
    • Some standards for subject heading lists; IFLA guidelines
    • International tools; Sears, LCSH
    • Problems of bias and ethics; how we address/avoid these


    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.

    • 5 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
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    General principles underlying knowledge organization systems (KOS)

    In this class Prof. Vanda Broughton looks at the classification scheme as a tool for organization and retrieval, and at the browsing function offered by systematically, as opposed to alphabetically, organized KOS.  Different ways of constructing a classification are considered, showing changes in fundamental principles over time, and the emergence of a formal theory of knowledge organization.  There is some discussion of how these changes affect subject indexing as well as classification. The class will cover the following topics.

    • The systematic approach to knowledge organization; classifications as browsing tools, and as ‘domain maps’
    • Development of classification theory throughout the twentieth century
    • Changing structures in classification systems
    •  Pre-coordination and post-coordination (brief reminder)
    •  Enumerative systems, shelf-listing, marking and parking
    •  Analytico-synthetic systems, representing complex content of documents, classification for indexing as well as linear organization
    • Faceted systems, representation of a domain through its constituent concepts Influence of this changing theory on alphabetical subject indexing
    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom

    Faceted Classification 

    Faceted classification is the most mature form of classification theory, and it has influenced methods of creating other KOS.  This class gives a brief overview of the development of facet analysis and shows where it has been employed outside the library, particularly in digital contexts. The class will cover the following topics.

    • Origins of faceted classification
    • ‘Facets’ before Ranganathan
    • Ranganathan’s fundamental categories
    • Models of faceted structures
    • More categories; the CRG and beyond
    • Facets in information architecture, facets in web design, and facets as visualisation tools
    • Facet analysis as a fundamental theory for KOS
    • Structures and relationships in faceted KOS
    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.

    • 26 Nov 2020
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • Piccadilly, London

    This is an advance notice of the 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture.  The speaker will be Prof Ingemar Cox (last year's Award winner) and the venue will be the Library of the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) - in Piccadilly as usual.

    Further details will be provide closer to the date

Past events

15 Oct 2020 Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Content analysis - a virtual class
8 Oct 2020 Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Definition and scope - a virtual class
22 Sep 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Practical Tools for Taxonomists
18 Aug 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Knowledge Graphs, Part II: Practical Applications
14 Jul 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Knowledge Graphs, Part I: Theories and Definitions
16 Jun 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: How the BBC is approaching metadata quality measurement
19 May 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Knowledge Organization - everywhere!
21 Apr 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Data Visualisation – Hands-on practice
30 Mar 2020 Cancelled: Using knowledge organization to deliver content
30 Mar 2020 ISKO Virtual Annual General Meeting
18 Feb 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Taxonomies vs. Thesauri vs. Ontologies - what's best for me ?
29 Nov 2019 5th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2019
25 Nov 2019 Search Solutions 2019
15 Oct 2019 Taxonomy Chill-out with ISKO UK, SLA and SLA Europe
15 Jul 2019 ISKO UK 6th Biennial Conference - 15th – 16th July 2019, London
14 Jul 2019 ISKO UK Meetup : Pre-conference get-together prior to ISKO UK 2019
25 Jun 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: What are the purposes of Knowledge Organization Research?
30 Apr 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Change management in the Library & Information Profession
5 Apr 2019 Metadata, taxonomies and retrieval
26 Mar 2019 ISKO UK Meetup - Machine Learning and Visualization for the Information Professional
26 Feb 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Creativity in Knowledge Organization
22 Jan 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Ontology of Risk
27 Nov 2018 Search Solutions 2018
23 Nov 2018 The Fourth Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture
16 Oct 2018 ISKO UK Meet-up: Taxonomy Chill-out

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