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    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom


    FAIR + FIT : Functional Metrics for Linked Open Data (LOD) KOS Products
    By Marcia Zeng

    The presentation will focus on the functionality assessment of the Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) that were originally published as thesauri, classifications, taxonomies, term lists and were released as Linked Open Data (LOD) datasets. LOD KOS functions have been extended far beyond those of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies. They have become knowledge bases, the trusted resources for knowledge graphs, and fundamental components for the contextualization of data-driven and AI-dominated processes. It is essential that LOD KOS be measurable by developers and users for enhanced and effective usage, while encouraging innovative approaches for LOD KOS to be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) as open data, plus to be FIT (Functional, Impactful, and Transformable) as value vocabularies. These FAIR+FIT metrics were developed through a set of comprehensive data analyses and a comparative study of data collected on three occasions from 2015 to 2020. By using these metrics, any assessment performed on LOD KOS products can help address identified issues and support the creation and delivery of user-friendly, discoverable and interoperable LOD KOS datasets which can be used for innovative applications.

    Recommendations for FAIR Semantics in the EOSC & Beyond: Approaches for Enabling 12 of the FAIR Principles
    By Gerard Coen

    The mission of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to provide a web of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data and services for science in Europe. FAIRsFAIR – Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe – is a three year project for the implementation of the EOSC focusing on practical solutions for enabling the FAIR principles throughout the research data life cycle. The 'FAIR Semantics' team aims to support the creation of a federated semantic space for the EOSC by harmonising practices in the development and usage of semantics in representing and describing information and knowledge. It establishes guidelines for practitioners, repositories, research communities, and other stakeholders in the EOSC and FAIR ecosystems. The 2nd of three planned iterations contains 17 Priority Recommendations directly related to the FAIR principles; and 14 more general Best Practices aimed at harmonising the approach to handling, using and developing semantic artefacts. This presentation will share the process followed in producing the recommendations; share an illustrative example to show why they are needed; and also, highlight features of the recommendations which will permit the work to be more easily understood and potentially adopted by the audience..
    • 24 Nov 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom


    Flexibility in Metadata Schemes and Standardisation: the Case of CMDI and the DANS EASY Research Data Repository
    By Vyacheslav Tykhonov, Jerry de Vries, Eko Indarto, Femmy Admiraal, Mike Priddy, and Andrea Scharnhorst

    The development of metadata schemes in data repositories (and other content providers) has always been a process of negotiation between the needs of the designated user communities and the content of the collection on the one side and standards developed in the field. Automatisation has both enabled and enforced standardisation and alignment of metadata schemes (see as an example). But, while designated user communities turned from being local users to global ones (due to web services), their specific needs have not vanished. Technology offers possibilities to give the aforementioned negotiation a new form. In this presentation, we present the Dataverse platform, used by many data repositories. We show - using the case of the CMDI metadata and the CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure)community - how the Dataverse common core set of metadata called Citation Block can be extended with custom fields defined as a discipline specific metadata block. In particular, we show how these custom fields can be connected to a distributed network of authoritative controlled vocabularies. So, that at the end semantic search is possible. The presentation highlights opportunities and challenges, based on our own experiences. Related work has been presented at the CLARIN Annual Conference 2021 (see Proceedings).

    Adapting Flexible Metadata Support in Dataverse to the Needs of Domain-Specific Repositories: the Case of the Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing)
    By Philipp Conzett

    The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing) is an international repository of data, code, and other related materials used in linguistic research. Established in 2014, TROLLing has since 2020 been CoreTrustSeal-certified as a sustainable and trusted research data repository. Running on the Dataverse software, TROLLing has so far been using a more general metadata schema which is provided by the repository software. Drawing on the work being done in projects like SSHOC and CLARINO+, the metadata schemas in TROLLing are being upgraded to meet the needs of our designated community, and the requirements and recommendations of international stakeholders like CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) and the Research Data Alliance Linguistics Data Interest Group. The presentation will include a short introduction to TROLLing and discuss how community-driven efforts enable the repository to provide FAIR-aligned domain-specific support for linguists worldwide.
    • 25 Nov 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    What does the workshop cover?
    The workshop provides an introduction to UDC system, its nature, and its application in subject indexing. The focus of the workshop is on explaining the UDC's analytico-synthetic and faceted principles, and the ways this is applied in subject indexing and knowledge organization. Practical application of UDC and guided exercises will be an important element of this workshop and participants will be asked to allocate time for completing tasks in between online sessions.

    Who will benefit?
    This workshop will be principally of interest to those considering, planning or are about to start using UDC for information resource indexing. It may also benefit anyone who would like to learn more about the ways analytico-synthetic classifications covering knowledge as a whole are designed and how they function in organizing information. No prior knowledge of UDC or subject indexing is assumed.
    A certificate will be issued for successful completion of the workshop.

    Presenter: AIDA SLAVIC

    The workshop takes place remotely:  online via Zoom, a closed online forum and via emails. It consists of three 90 min long sessions with a mix of theory and exercises. The sessions will not be recorded. The workshop forum will contain workshop materials and will enable online discussion, guided and supervised by the instructor. During the workshop participants will be introduced to and will have access to UDC English Online; standard and up-to date schedules of the UDC.  Further participant/instructor communication will take place via email. Prior to the workshop, registrants will be asked to fill in a questionnaire indicating their familiarity with UDC, knowledge areas that they would like to be covered by the exercises and their expectations.

    The online sessions are scheduled from 6.30 to 8 pm (GMT) on successive Thursdays starting from 25 November 2021.

    25 Nov 2021 - The nature of UDC, its structure, application and tools
    02 Dec 2021 - How to use UDC? Subject analysis and content indexing using UDC
    09 Dec 2021 - UDC application for complex, interdisciplinary subjects, textual and multimedia resources

    Registration is open until 15 November 2021.
    Places are limited to 16 participants.

    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 query please contact

    • 6 Jan 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 20 Jan 2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    What does the workshop cover?
    This highly interactive workshop explores practical issues that arise during thesaurus construction and/or development. It offers a self-help opportunity for participants to share their experiences with others, discuss issues and seek expert guidance from the workshop leader, before developing their own solutions. Programme content will be adjusted to reflect the interests and queries submitted by the participants.

    Who will benefit?
    No matter how much or how little experience/qualifications you have of thesaurus work, the workshop should provide useful insights. To get maximum benefit however, it’s best if you are hoping, or planning, or have already started a practical project such as building a new thesaurus for an information retrieval situation, or are re-developing an existing one. There will be opportunities to share with other practitioners the real-life choices that emerge, use cases, challenges, victories, lessons learned etc. 
    A certificate will be issued for successful completion of the workshop.


    Prior to acceptance for this course, participants are asked to submit a description of their current or planned thesaurus project via the application form, preferably including a list of the issues they hope to raise for discussion. Following notification of acceptance and registration, the successful applicants will be provided with some initial study materials, including an optional reading list. Queries arising from these materials will be addressed during the workshop.

    The workshop sessions will take place remotely: online via Zoom, email and a closed online forum. Each of the three 90-minute sessions will comprise a mix of presentations (some from the participants as well as best practice guidance from the workshop leader), interactive dialogue, and practical exercises. Participants should set aside time between sessions to complete some exercises for discussion at the next session. To dispel any worries about confidentiality, the sessions will not be recorded and any materials shared by the participants will not be made available to third parties.

    The online sessions are scheduled from 17.30 to 19:00 (GMT) on successive Thursdays in January 2022.

    06 Jan 2022 - Thesaurus overview; content, concepts and terms
    13 Jan 2022 - Getting organized with relationships and structure
    20 Jan 2022 - Planning for thesaurus construction and use


    Places are limited to 6 participants

    To apply for a place in this workshop, please fill in the FORM.

    To ensure the workshop is productive we will offer places to up to 6 applicants who are most likely to benefit and who share a certain amount of common interests. Applications should be submitted before 15th November 2021. Provided at least 3 (the minimum number for a viable workshop) are received, places will be confirmed before the end of November and receipt of payment will complete the registration.

    For any query please contact

Past events

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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