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Upcoming events

    • 26 Nov 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Online

    Analysing Web searches for public good: inferring the health of populations and individuals.

    The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is pleased to announce that the 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2020 is to be delivered by the 2019 Strix award winner Professor Ingemar J. Cox, Department of Computer Science at University College London. 

    Professor Ingemar J. Cox is Head of UCL’s Media Futures Research Group and a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. His current research interests include information retrieval and data analytics of online social media, twitter and query logs.

    We are also delighted to announce that Martin White will open the event with a presentation entitled Defining the enterprise search experience.

    This is a FREE event, open to everyone, but advance bookings are required.

    For further details and to book, please go the event page  

    For more information about the Tony Kent Strix Award please refer to:

    https://www.cilip.org.uk/members/group_content_view.asp?group=201314&id=712682

    • 26 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
    • 3
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    From concepts to Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS)

    In this class Leonard Will will review and revise what has been covered in previous classes , with an alternative presentation and a few additional ideas.

    Concepts, "units of thought", are the building blocks of all types of knowledge organization system. By creating links to show the relationships which exist between concepts, both inherently and in the context of information carriers such as documents or objects, we can build different types of structured knowledge organization systems to meet the needs of people searching for specific information or reviewing and exploring an area of knowledge.

    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.

    • 3 Dec 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
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    What is a thesaurus? How and why so?

    Building on the theory and basic principles set out in earlier sessions of this series, Stella Dextre Clarke will present a practical perspective on thesauri for information retrieval (IR). Guidance in the prime national and international standards, culminating in ISO 25964, provides the underlying frame of reference. After a reminder of the historical context in which the IR thesaurus was originally conceived, the session describes best practice for the basic elements needed in nearly all thesauri: concepts, terms (preferred and non-preferred), and standard relationships. The focus will be on why these and other features are needed. The session concludes with a critical look at the strengths and weaknesses of the thesaurus in today’s context.

    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.



    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
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    How should today’s thesaurus earn its keep?

    Since the IR thesaurus was conceived and launched over fifty years ago, the context of its use has changed out of all recognition. In view of its waning popularity, Stella Dextre Clarke will address the question of whether and in what situations the thesaurus still has a role. It will consider how to overcome some challenges for design, development and implementation of a functional, cost-effective thesaurus today. 

    Information on how to join the virtual class will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the event.



    • 7 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • zoom

    Why search engines cannot replace knowledge organization?

    In this class, Birger Hjørland: will discuss why search engines such as Google do not make knowledge organization (KO) superfluous. Some basic principles behind Google are presented (exact match, best match, web site ranking and search is personalization). None of these principles try to do what KO does: map relations between concepts and conceptual relations as reflected in contemporary knowledge. Prof. Hjørland will further present “the semantic staircase” as a classification of knowledge organization systems (KOS) and argue about concepts as the building blocks of KOS and the Thomas Kuhn's theory as a fruitful way to consider concepts in KO.

    Registration  opens on 1 December 2020


    • 14 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom


    Disciplines and phenomena in Knowledge Organization Systems

    While word-based KOSs most often list terms for phenomena (e.g. stars, political parties), bibliographic classifications usually list disciplines, so that one phenomenon can be scattered in different classes according to the aspect/perspective under which it is considered.

    Claudio Gnoli will present recent projects which are developing phenomenon-based classifications. Phenomena and perspectives are but two of several dimensions of knowledge, also including documents, collections, user needs, people and cognition.

    Registration opens on 1 December 2020

    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom

    Managing business correspondence in the email era

    (and in the MS Teams era)

    In this Meet up James Lappin will look at the information management debates provoked by the ever increasing volume and velocity of correspondence. This includes questions such as:

    • whether or not email accounts (and Teams Chat accounts) should be treated as record aggregations:
    • whether or not organisations can justify near instant (2 or 3 day) deletion periods on Teams Chat messages
    • whether or not organisations can justify the long term retention of the email account (and/or Teams Chat account) of their most important staff.

    The talk compares rival strategies for organisations wishing to develop a machine learning capability in relation to correspondence such as:

    • approaches that seek to use machine learning to make email accounts (and chat accounts) more manageable;
    • approaches that seek to use automation to identify business messages.
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    • 21 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom


    Information foraging in knowledge organisations

    The concept of information foraging as a model for seeking and finding information was developed by Peter Pirolli and Stuart Card in 1999. Over the last few years it has re-emerged as a very useful way of describing the way in which employees in organisations seek, and assess the value of, information. Martin White will outline the features of the concept and illustrate their relevance to KOs by applying them to the use made of enterprise search applications.

    Registration opens on 1 December 2020


    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom

    Critical description and evaluation of classification schemes

    We encounter classification schemes in all areas of human endeavor. How do we assess whether a classification is effective, ethical, and useful? Barbara Kwasnik  will give an overview, through examples, of some criteria one could apply to evaluating a classification -- any classification. These are:

    Assessing a classification’s warrant What is the origin of the classification?  Who designed it and why?  What is the conceptual framework or theory that determines the choice of concepts, the rules of division and the relationships?      What are the assumptions both hidden and explicit?  Is this classification extensible? Can it be repurposed?

    How to identify useful qualities (or lack of them) of any classification          Hospitality, expressiveness, and requisite variety; the heuristic capability to stimulate insight and understanding; fertility in stimulating new knowledge; the advantages of a classification being memorable, parsimonious and elegant.

    Registration opens on 1 December 2020

Past events

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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