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    • 25 Jan 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    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.

    David is Secretary of ISKO and former chair of ISKO UK. He teaches and does research in the Creative and Social Informatics group at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.

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    • 26 Jan 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
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    KNOWLEGE ORGANIZATION AND INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE


    Indigenous metadata: the view from a Pākehā (non-Māori person)
    By Judi Vernau

    As an information specialist I know that metadata is a key tool for supporting the findability, use and management of content. I am familiar with metadata standards, understand the principles of knowledge organisation, and have built many metadata schemes. But I am a Pākehā (non-Māori person), and until last year I had not considered that my Western views of findability and categorisation might not be relevant to other cultures, specifically that they might not fit with Māori mental models and language. In this talk, I describe research we carried out for Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga) into existing indigenous metadata initiatives in New Zealand and (to a limited extent) around the world, as part of their aim to improve Māori access to their holdings.

    Moving between two worlds: translating a classification system
    By Edgardo Civallero

    Translation is a complex process: it is not just a matter of finding connections between words in a dictionary, it is all about connecting two worlds of ideas, concepts and beliefs. And those worlds can be quite different, separated by a huge gap. In that sense, translating a western classification system such as Dewey Decimal or Universal Decimal Classifications – means connecting a limited vocabulary encompassing an entire worldview (a very particular worldview, with all its biases and problems) with another vocabulary encompassing another worldview. The challenge is not just a linguistic one, but a conceptual one: does the translation connects equivalent points? The author will present his experience trying (and eventually failing) to translate a classification scheme into a number of Andean indigenous languages, sharing some insights about challenges and unfeasibility.
    • 3 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    IR Models: from theory to practice
    by Andrew MacFarlane

    This lecture will provide an overview of Boolean and Ranking models and current developments in the field.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    The role of AI in search application
    by Martin White

    The lecture explores the potential value of AI in enhancing search performance, the challenges of defining and managing AI applications and a discussion about the importance of Explainable AI.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Evaluating search performance
    by Ingo Frommholz

    This lecture will provide an introduction to IR evaluation including the Cranfield Paradigm and typical evaluation measures such as Recall, Precision, Normalized Discounted Cumulative Gain (NDCG) metric, and P@X.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 22 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    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.

    Charlie Hull is a Managing Consultant and the UK Director of OpenSource Connections (OSC), a specialist consultancy focused on open source search. OSC's mission is to empower search teams with a mix of advocacy, community building, open source software, training and consultancy. OSC hosts the Haystack conference series and has helped organisations including the US Patent Office, LexisNexis, Under Armour and Pond5 build strong search teams and innovative and powerful search platforms. Before joining OSC, Charlie co-founded and ran search specialists Flax for 17 years with clients including NHS Wales, Reed Recruitment and Gov.uk. He is the co-author of Searching the Enterprise from NOW! Publications and a founding member of The Search Network, a regular conference speaker and commentator.

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    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Using Google's family of databases
    by Karen Blakeman

    This lecture will discuss scope, value and challenges of the range of search applications offered by Google.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 3 Mar 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    User-centred design of search applications
    by Tony Russell-Rose

    This lecture will cover the principles and practices of user-centred design, key dimensions of the search experience and user experience (UX) design patterns and resources.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 10 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Paths to discovery: metadata and findability
    by Judi Vernau

    We want to help our users to find the information they need, but what do we know about how they might look for that content? What kinds of semantic tools could be provided to support their routes to discovery? This lecture will discuss metadata as a tool in improving IR.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 17 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Is search better with metadata? A real life experience
    by Marjorie Hlava

    This lecture will explore practical issues, using examples of searching, the uses of controlled vocabularies and metadata filters in creating a better search experience from the point of view of an implementor of such systems.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Information seeking behaviour
    by Ian Ruthven

    In this lecture I shall provide an introduction to the general area of Information Seeking Behaviour, outlining where this area sits within the broad field of Information Science, how it relates to other aspects of Information Behaviour, describe some of the main approaches to investigating Information Seeking and how it can support the design of new systems and processes to help people access information more successfully.

    Knowledge Organization Education series "Exploring Information Retrieval" is organized in collaboration with the Information Retrieval specialists group, BCS.

    • 31 Mar 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Linked Data and information discovery: from data infrastructure to practical applications
    by Eero Hyvönen

    The vision of the Semantic Wed is to build the global Web of Data (Giant Global Graph, GGG) for machines to use: based on this an interoperable and intelligent transnational WWW for humans can be created cost-efficiently. This lecture addresses this vision on a cross-domain national level, as in practice the data available are often related to each other within national contexts and application domains, and are represented using national languages, metadata models, vocabularies, and local conventions. The lecture introduces first the fundamental ideas of linked data and Semantic Web and presents then lessons learned in Finland on developing and deploying a cross-domain national ontology and Linked (Open) Data (LOD) infrastructure. To test and demonstrate the infrastructure, a series of 16 semantic portals and LOD services in use have been created using a model that has evolved gradually in 2002--2021. They cover a wide range of application domains and have attracted millions of users in total suggesting feasibility of the proposed model. This work shows a shift of focus in research on semantic portals from data aggregation and search/exploration systems to systems supporting research with data analytic tools, and finally to automatic knowledge discovery and Artificial Intelligence..

Past events

9 Dec 2021 7th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2021
25 Nov 2021 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Introduction to Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) by Aida Slavic
24 Nov 2021 Research Observatory: Research Repositories and Dataverse: Negotiating Metadata, Vocabularies and Domain Needs
23 Nov 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - Introduction to Wikibase
27 Oct 2021 Research Observatory: FAIR Principles and Semantic Interoperability
19 Oct 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Coping with complexity: building a knowledge graph for UK Parliament
6 Oct 2021 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Representing concepts in subject indexing: challenges of vocabulary control with Sylvie Davies
29 Sep 2021 Research Observatory: Research Fields Classifications: Essential Tools in Reporting and Harmonising Scientific Information
14 Sep 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Copyright in a knowledge organization workplace by Stephen Garfield
6 Jul 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - On the pre-history of information technology by Stephen Robertson
30 Jun 2021 Research Observatory: Observing knowledge organization trajectories in healthcare
15 Jun 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Semantic Tagging and Text Classification for Archives and Content Systems by Chris Newell
1 Jun 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 3: VocBench Vocabulary Versioning and Data Catalogue
25 May 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - MS Teams – the case for Information Architecture and Governance
19 May 2021 Research Observatory: Knowledge Organization Systems in the spotlight
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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