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    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom


    The Flemish Research Discipline Standard: One Step Towards Harmonised Research Information in Flanders
    By Hanne Poelmans

    Research institutions worldwide are investing in the collection and display of research information using database or CRIS systems. In Flanders, research information is being curated by individual research institutions, after which the information is collected and displayed through a central platform, i.e. Flemish Research Information Space (FRIS, The FRIS portal was developed to reduce the administrative burden on research institutions by enabling government reporting in a semi-automated way and encouraging the reuse of information on the portal for multiple purposes. To obtain this goal, two important requirements had to be fulfilled, i.e. 1) information on the FRIS portal had to be modelled to the reporting needs, and 2) every stakeholder, from information provider to user, needed to connect the same meaning to the concepts being used on the portal. One step towards this goal was the harmonisation and semantic description of research classifications. This presentation will focus on the development, the use and the benefits of the Flemish Research Discipline Standard (FRDS), a 4-level hierarchical classification scheme on research disciplines that is provided with semantic descriptions, in Flanders.

    Developing a Classification for Interdisciplinary Research Fields for the German Science System
    By Sophie Biesenbender

    Research classifications are essential for the reporting and evaluation of research. As part of R&D statistics, disciplinary classifications have become crucial elements of CRIS systems and the processing of research information. Yet, quickly evolving information needs or changing evaluation contexts sometimes call for the adjustment of existing or the development of new classifications. In the absence of a national research evaluation system, the German science system is currently introducing a definitional standard for the reporting of research information in order to harmonize CRIS systems across research institutions (the so-called Research Core Dataset). This standard has been complemented by a newly developed classification to represent “fields of research” in addition to disciplinary classifications. From this perspective, research fields focus on interdisciplinary, issue- or problem-related research. The presentation will give an overview of the recently completed project to develop a classification for research fields, the project’s context, its methodological approach and results.
    • 6 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 15

    What does the workshop cover?
    The workshop introduces the principles and techniques involved in standardising language in the building of Knowledge Organization Systems. Vocabulary control is a key component of knowledge organisation which ensures that a subject will be described using the same words or phrases each time it is indexed, making it easier to find all information about a specific topic during the search or navigation process. The focus will be on the English language but the principles and techniques can be applied to other languages .

    Who will benefit?
    The workshop is aimed at information workers who were not formally trained in the building of knowledge organization systems. It will be especially useful to those with no exposure to linguistic issues, especially semantics. No prior knowledge of indexing languages or vocabulary control is required.

    A Certificate will be issued for successful completion of the workshop.

    Presenter: Sylvie Davies

    The workshop will take place remotely:  online via Zoom, and via a closed online forum. It consist of three 90 min long interactive sessions with a mix of theory and exercises in breakout rooms. The workshop forum will contain workshop materials and will enable online discussion guided and supervised by the instructor. Prior to the workshop, registrants will be asked to fill in a questionnaire indicating their field of interest, expectations and topics they would like to be explored in the workshop.

    The online sessions are scheduled from 6.30 to 8 pm (BST) on the first three Wednesday in October 2021.

    6 Oct 2021     Dealing with natural language in the knowledge organization                                     context
    13 Oct 2021   Tools and techniques of vocabulary control
    20 Oct 2021    Evaluation of techniques and discussion of challenges

    Cost and Registration:
    ISKO members: £40
    Non-members: £120

    Places are limited to 16.

    NOTE: cancellations will be accepted up to 5 days prior to the first session. 15% of the fee will be retained by ISKO UK to cover administrative costs. 

    For any further queries please contact


Past events

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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