SYLVIE DAVIES is a retired lecturer in Information Management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a member of the UDC Editorial Team. Her teaching areas included controlled vocabularies, taxonomies and bibliographic classification. Her research interests lie in the area of cross-cultural communication (at national and corporate level) of organised knowledge with a focus of multilingual and multicultural thesauri. In Aberdeen, she has been involved in aspects of information management in the oil and gas industry via the delivery of taxonomy workshops and cross-industry forum discussion on the role of information management professionals in that industry.
VANDA BROUGHTON is Emeritus Professor of Library & Information Studies at University College London, and the author of a number of books and articles on faceted classification and controlled vocabularies. Her current research work, focuses on the development of a broader theory of facet analysis and the use of encoding to support automatic generation of both thesaural and systematic knowledge structures from core terminologies. In the 2013 Research Excellence Framework for UK higher education, her work on faceted classification was chosen by the Department of Information Studies to represent the impact of its research on life and society beyond academia.
LEONARD WILL was Head of Library and Information Services in the Science Museum, London and then until retiring worked for about 20 years as an independent consultant in information management, advising libraries, museums and archives on knowledge organization with an emphasis on thesauri and classification schemes. He was one of the team of specialists who drafted the international standard ISO 25964 "Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies".
STELLA DEXTRE CLARKE - Now retired, Stella Dextre Clarke has a long track record as an independent consultant specialising in the design and development of thesauri and other types of Knowledge Organisation System. She also led the working group that developed the international standard ISO 25964 (Thesauri and Interoperability with other vocabularies). Her work on standards and on taxonomy development was recognized in 2006 when she won the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding achievement in information retrieval.