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    • 19 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom
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    Knowledge Organization Systems in the spotlight: collecting and observing KO

    This event is organized in collaboration with the ISKO Low Countries chapter.

    Observing trajectories in Science: Building the DANS KOS Observatory by Gerard Coen
    Knowledge Organization Systems (KOSs) include a wide variety of schemas ranging from ontologies, to classifications, thesauri, taxonomies, semantic networks, etc. These schemas can be updated and revised (or conversely become obsolete or lost) and are therefore prone to change over time. A wish expressed frequently by the research front in the KO community was for an “observatory” of KOSs. In 2017, via the KNAW Visiting Professor programme, DANS began to focus more on understanding how KOSs change over time, how they can be archived, how version identification and control can be addressed, and also, how KOSs can be aligned to the ‘FAIR’ Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). This research ambition coupled with community interest lead to the creation of the KOSo (Knowledge Organization Systems Observatory). Concretely, the observatory involves the identification of KOSs within the social sciences and humanities or the life sciences. KOSs have been described and ordered in the observatory through a process of empirical association in order to resist the potential pitfall of already organizing these resources through the lens of other KOSs (e.g. already describing the KOS in terms of existing controlled vocabularies). The DANS KOSo employs both metadata terms and formal classifications, using the Information Coding Classification in a synthetic format together with the KO Literature Classification, thus rendering for each KOS a domain-centric term faceted with a KOS-form term. Additionally, we classify domains using the NARCIS Classification, which is a framework to represent the research foci of the Dutch national research infrastructure.

    Observing trajectories in Science: Building the DANS KOS Observatory by Uma Balakrishnan & Jakob Voss

    Basic Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (BARTOC). It is the largest online directory of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), that provides free access to the metadata of more than 3,000 terminologies in 20 different languages. BARTOC unifies different vocabulary services on a single platform and enhances the visibility of the existing KOS in various domains. The initiative was founded and developed by Andreas Ledl at the Basel University Library, Switzerland in 2013. In 2020 the Register was moved to and is being hosted by the head office of the common library network, VZG in Göttingen under a new technical infrastructure developed within the framework of the project coli-conc. This presentation will give an overview of the BARTOC project, its history and will provide an update on its services, especially with regard to the project coli-conc and elucidate the latest technology implemented by the VZG.

    The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants two days prior the event.

    • 25 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom

    MS Teams – the case for Information Architecture and Governance

     MS Teams is becoming ubiquitous in our organisations. It undisputedly offers a whole range of productivity tools for our colleagues including an easy entry point and focus for projects and topics, transparent conversations for all members of the team, keeping related conversations and documents together, along with providing management capabilities for collaboration, meetings, calling, and apps in one place with fairly simple administration.

    On the other hand, if ungoverned and unmanaged, MS Teams can exacerbate the growth of information silos, impeding effective information discovery, and hindering effective information and records management governance and oversight.

    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 .

    Metataxis is a consultancy specialising in information management and information architecture services, with extensive Office 365 and SharePoint experience, having worked on over 50 SharePoint projects over the last 18 years. We believe that an information architecture which supports user requirements and behaviours, and which is appropriate for the specific content, is the key to any successful information-based project. We also strongly believe that an information governance framework defining the information and data management principles is necessary to underpin the efficient and effective management of an organisation’s information and data, to support its core functions and activities, and to demonstrate compliance with its legal and regulatory obligations.

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    • 1 Jun 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom

    VocBench Workshops: Part 3: VocBench Vocabulary Versioning and Data Catalogue

    VocBench is a free and open-source web application to build ontologies, knowledge organization systems and lexicons using web standards such as OWL, SKOS/SKOS-XL and Onto-Lex. The three-part workshop series on VocBench is organized by ISKO UK Meetup team members in collaboration with Dr. Armando Stellato. The workshops are intended for those considering to use or who have just started using VocBench. We hope to build a community of VocBench users within the ISKO.

    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.


    Armando Stellato is Assistant Professor at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, where he carries on research and teaching in the fields of Knowledge Representation and Knowledge Based Systems. Armando has also been consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as Semantic Architect, working on all aspects related to maintenance and publication of FAO RDF vocabularies and on the development of VocBench: an Application for Collaborative Management of RDF Vocabularies. Currently he is leading the VocBench3 project, funded by the ISA2 programme of the EU.

    Phil Stacey works for Barratt Homes implementing document management and fire safety in the southern counties division. Phil has over 25 years experience in the construction industry working in design and information management. He is passionate about realising the business benefit structured data and the benefits BIM (Building Information Modeling) software can deliver through its implementation at scale, across the housing sector.

    Eugene Morozov is a technology consultant working with financial services firms on data governance and data management projects. Interested in the use of linked data to improve reference data management, architecture modelling and regulatory compliance, he used SKOS and VocBench to develop enterprise architecture vocabulary in his last assignment. He also runs the Semantic Web London meetup.

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    • 30 Jun 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom
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    Home care nursing information behavior: expansion of a knowledge base in a time of pandemic
    By Richard P. Smiraglia, Edmund Pajarillo, Elizabeth Milonas & Sergey Zherebchevsky

    Home care nursing has become a frontline critical role in pandemic health care. In 2020 as the pandemic’s proportions were becoming apparent we turned to research on home care nurses that had yielded a theory called the “nub of Nursing Information Behavior (NIB).” A “Core Taxonomy for Nursing Information Behavior, or CT-NIB was published in June 2020 and subsequently was enhanced with mappings to the NANDA-International Nursing Diagnoses and Classification (NANDA-I) ( As the pandemic evolved ethnographic techniques were employed to discover ways in which the knowledge base of NIB was affected over time. A collection of videos was compiled, transcripts were generated and subjected first to co-word analysis and then the narrative analysis. Co-word analysis revealed larges core regions in the vocabulary of active home care nurses: the community of home health care people, hospital nurs[ing] service and care taking, with pointers to the front line of home care for COVID-19 patients. Narrative analysis new contours for the knowledge base. The vocabulary of the pandemic itself becomes part of the knowledge base of the home care nurse together with an emotional layer beyond the core vocabulary of NIB that reveals the contours of the social impact of the pandemic.

    Making healthcare data FAIR data: the ontologies-data models-instances conundrum
    By Ronald Cornet

    Exchange of healthcare data is crucial for providing adequate care, for monitoring the quality of provided care, and to improve healthcare by research on observational data. For these, healthcare data need to be of good quality, and as much as possible structured and standardized according to agreed-upon data models and ontologies. Increasingly, healthcare data is represented using ontologies such as SNOMED CT. This is of great value in well-delineated areas of healthcare records, such as diagnosis or procedures. However, the benefit of reasoning by using the OWL language is underutilized, and essential for application of ontologies on the broader scale of healthcare data. This talk will briefly summarize the content and structure of SNOMED CT, describe its current use in healthcare records, and concludes with the further steps needed to establish truly interoperable healthcare data, to pave the way towards FAIR healthcare data.

Past events

4 May 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 2: VocBench Data Import with Sheet2RDF
28 Apr 2021 Research Observatory: Computational ethnography: tracking the flow of information, by Martin White
20 Apr 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Beyond the Hero's Journey, by Paul Rissen
20 Apr 2021 ISKO UK 14th Annual General Meeting
6 Apr 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 1: Introducing VocBench
31 Mar 2021 Research Observatory: AI in supporting fact checking, news verification and creative work
23 Mar 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Going virtual with Taxonomy Boot Camp London
25 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Some reflections on genre and knowledge organization by Pauline Rafferty
18 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Automated indexing: implementation case studies by Marjorie Hlava
16 Feb 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Searching fast and slow: exploring alternatives approaches to search for knowledge workers by Tony Russell-Rose
11 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Automatic subject indexing and evaluation: an introduction by Koraljka Golub
4 Feb 2021 KO-ED - Theoretical Perspectives - Towards interoperability of KOS vocabularies by Marcia Zeng
28 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Critical description and evaluation of classification schemes by Barbara Kwasnik
21 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Information foraging in knowledge organisations by Martin White
19 Jan 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Email and MS Teams from an information architecture perspective
14 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Disciplines and Phenomena in Knowledge Organization Systems by Claudio Gnoli
7 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Search Engines and Knowledge Organization by Birger Hjørland
22 Dec 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Interactive workshop: getting started with VocBench (step 1)
10 Dec 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - How should today’s thesaurus earn its keep? by Stella Dextre Clarke
3 Dec 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - What is a thesaurus? How and why so? by Stella Dextre Clarke
26 Nov 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - From Concepts to Knowledge Organization Systems by Leonard Will
26 Nov 2020 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture - free event
17 Nov 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Myths and Half Truths about Semantic Data Modelling by Panos Alexopoulos
12 Nov 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Faceted Classification by Vanda Broughton
5 Nov 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Principles underlying Knowledge Organization Systems by Vanda Broughton
29 Oct 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Subject Headings by Vanda Broughton
27 Oct 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Times Tags: Metadata at The New York Times, 1851-Today by Jennifer Parrucci
22 Oct 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Language of description by Sylvie Davies
15 Oct 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Content analysis by Sylvie Davies
8 Oct 2020 KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Definition and scope by Sylvie Davies
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 Post AGM event - 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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