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Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom (London, UK)
    • 15


    Analysing self-citations in a large bibliometric database
    By Philipp Mayr-Schlegel 

    Citation metrics have value because they aim to make scientific assessment a level playing field, but urgent transparency-based adjustments are necessary to ensure that measurements yield the most accurate picture of impact and excellence. One problematic area is the handling of self-citations, which are either excluded or inappropriately accounted for when using bibliometric indicators for research evaluation. In this talk, in favour of openly tracking self-citations, I report on a study of self-referencing behaviour among various academic disciplines as captured by the curated bibliometric database Web of Science. Specifically, I examine the behaviour of thousands of authors grouped into 15 subject areas like Biology, Chemistry, Science and Technology, Engineering, and Physics. In this talk, I focus on the methodological set-up of the study and discuss data science related problems like author name disambiguation and bibliometric indicator modelling. This talk bases on the following publication: Kacem, A., Flatt, J. W., & Mayr, P. (2020). Tracking self-citations in academic publishing. Scientometrics, 123(2), 1157–1165.

    Research impact beyond scholarly communication: the big challenge of Scientometrics 2.0
    By Pei-Shan Chi & Wolfgang Glänzel

    The last two decades in the evolution of bibliometrics mark a significant turn towards the quantification and measurement of scientific communication beyond the scholarly one and towards a broader assessment of its various impacts on science and society. We summarize the background and the main characteristics of this evolution, refer to latest results in our related studies, and focus on the latent and real challenges in the use of the new metrics designed for the measurement of the broader impact of research. In addition to the critical review several examples are given to illustrate the large potential and added value of the new metrics when used judiciously and correctly. In conclusion we will address and elaborate the framework of preconditions that are essential for improving coverage and reliability of both data sources and the metrics derived from those.

    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Why would a taxonomist interrogate the limitations of hierarchical thinking and information organization? Graphs offer more specific and flexible structures to model relationships between objects. This basic change of frame reflects more accurately the way humans understand information, provides flexible and extensible modelling options, and usurps existing (tree-based, or arboreal) power and information structures in favour of a decentralized, democratized information environment with no beginning and no end.

    Bob is a taxonomist and ontologist at Factor, an information architecture consultancy, interested in knowledge graphs and Linked Data.

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    • 29 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom (London, UK)
    • 85


    Are self-citations a normal feature of knowledge accumulation?
    By Vincent Larivière

    Science is a cumulative activity, in which past knowledge serves as a foundation for new knowledge. One of the mechanisms through which the cumulative nature of science manifests itself is the act of citing. However, citations are also central to research evaluation, thus creating incentive for researchers to cite their own work. Therefore, such self-citations have been one of the most constant criticism against the use of citation indicators for the measurement of research impact. Using a dataset containing millions of papers and disambiguated authors, this talk will examine the relative importance of self-citations and self-references in the scholarly communication landscape, their relationship with age and gender of authors, as well as their effects on various research evaluation indicators. It will also present the results of a comparison of the content of cited and citing papers, thus making it possible to test whether researchers cite their own work in order to inflate their impact indicators. The talk with conclude with a discussion of the role of self-citations in the research ecosystem.

    Understanding scientific disagreement
    By Dakota Murray

    Healthy disagreement among scientists drives the creation of new knowledge and is a necessary precursor to consensus upon which technologies, policies, and new knowledge can be built. Yet, in spite of its prominence in popular and theoretical models of scientific progress, disagreement has received little empirical attention, with progress stymied by a lack of appropriate data and widely-accepted quantitative indicators. In this talk, we outline progress in overcoming these challenges, illustrating how increasingly-available full-text data and new approaches to measuring disagreement are paving the way for a more comprehensives, empirical, and quantitative understanding of the salience and features of disagreement in science at multiple levels of analysis. Using a rigorously-validated cue-word based approach, instances of disagreement are identified from the citation sentences of millions of publications, and incorporated into a singular indicator of disagreement. Using this indicator, we simultaneously reveal the structure of disagreement between macro-level fields and the enormous heterogeneity across meso-level subfields. At the micro-level, we complement these data with published comments—the most unambiguous instance of criticism in science—in order to better understand the sociological drivers of disagreement, including author gender, seniority, prestige, and more. This project establishes a firm methodological and empirical foundation for a science of scientific disagreement, which will prove essential for validating theories of scientific progress, building tools for scholarly search and discovery, designing consensus-aware science policy, and for effectively communicating epistemic uncertainty and consensus to the public.

    • 12 Jul 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Two short talks showcasing developments in knowledge organization tooling.

    Phil will talk about Vocabs Editor, a service to create, edit and export SKOS controlled vocabularies in an efficient and user-friendly manner.

    Eugene will talk about Taxonomies for Confluence, a Confluence add-on that lets users to index pages and build tables of contents using SKOS controlled vocabularies and integrate Confluence content into knowledge graphs.

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

    Eugene Morozov is building Taxonomies for Confluence add-on.

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Past events

10 May 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - The Evolution of UX Strategy by Jaime Levy
27 Apr 2022 Research Observatory: Doing bibliometrics responsibly
12 Apr 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Keywording Creative Content by Clemency Wright
4 Apr 2022 ISKO UK 15th Annual General Meeting
31 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Linked Data and information discovery: from data infrastructure to practical applications" by Eero Hyvönen
24 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Information Seeking Behaviour" by Ian Ruthven
17 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Is search better with metadata? A real life experience" by Marjorie Hlava
10 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Paths to discovery: metadata and findability" by Judi Vernau
9 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Using Google's family of databases" by Karen Blakeman
8 Mar 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Basic Steps in the Creation of a Structured Vocabulary by Leonard Will
3 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "User-centred design of search applications" by Tony Russell-Rose
22 Feb 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - E-commerce Search is Broken - How to Fix it With Open Source Software by Charlie Hull
17 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Evaluating search performance" by Ingo Frommholz
10 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "The role of AI in search application" by Martin White
3 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "IR Models: from theory to practice" by Andrew MacFarlane
26 Jan 2022 Research Observatory: Knowledge Organization and Indigenous Knowledge
25 Jan 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - The Evolving Role of Metadata by David Haynes
6 Jan 2022 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Practical Thesaurus Construction by Stella Dextre Clarke
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
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
22 Dec 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Interactive workshop: getting started with VocBench (step 1)
26 Nov 2020 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture - free event
27 Oct 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Times Tags: Metadata at The New York Times, 1851-Today by Jennifer Parrucci
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
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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