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Programme available - Faceted Classification Today - London, 14-15 September


The International UDC Seminar 2017 Faceted Classification Today: Theory, Technology and End Users will take place in London on 14-15 September 2017 at Wellcome Collection. Seminar 2017 revisits faceted analytical theory as a method for (re)constructing modern analytico-synthetic classifications and explores potential fields of application for facet analysis in information organization and

Invitation: Classification & Authority Control - Lisbon 29-30 October 2015


The International UDC Seminar 2015 entitled "Classification & Authority Control: Expanding Resource Discovery" will take place in The National Library of Portugal in Lisbon, on 29-30 October 2015. The objective of the conference is to explore issues in managing classification vocabulary in and between information systems. Particular emphasis will be on the possibilities for exploiting and

Bibliography of the British Technology Index


BTI bibliography compiled by Keiichi Kawamura was published by Jusonbo Co. Ltd. (Tokyo). ISBN: 978-4-88367-250-9 "This bibliography lists about 320 references to BTI ranging from 1958 to the present. Eight languages are concerned with the bibliography: English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish. Every item has an English abstract or annotation. Items are

SEMANTiCS 2015 conference


The Semantic Web Company (SWC) has announced the 11th International Conference on Semantic Systems - SEMANTiCS 2015 - to be held in Vienna, September 15-17, 2015. Calls are now open for research papers, industry presentations, posters and demos. More information is available on the conference web site.

Macmillan Science and Education Publish RDF Ontologies


Macmillan Science and Education have published their RDF ontologies used for content publishing. They are sharing these in order to contribute to the wider linked data community and to provide a public reference for their data models. "This May 2015 release further extends the number and size of our published data models. We've added two more domain models: relations and review-states. We've

Standards, Interoperability and Dewey


Next time the Internet comes crashing down about your ears, spare a thought for the value of standards, starting with TCP/IP and HTTP. When you consider how the superhighway relies on precise implementation of an immense jigsaw of protocols and standards, it’s a miracle we ever find anything. But while we can’t get along without them, standards are also a pain. They push you into

Thesaurus Debate needs to move on


Surprise, surprise - last Thursday's debate on this proposition was a pushover for the opposition. To defeat any argument of the form “XXX has no place in YYY”, all you have to provide is one counter-example. Just for starters:  The UK Data Archive, powered by the HASSET thesaurus The FAO’s AGRIS database, searchable using AGROVOC, and  EUROVOC, used for searching publications of the EU

Call for Papers - International UDC Seminar 2015: CLASSIFICATION AND AUTHORITY CONTROL: Expanding Resource Discovery


DATE: 29-30 October 2015 VENUE: National Library of Portugal Campo Grande 83 Lisbon, Portugal WEB: CONTACT: Linked data practices and techniques have opened new possibilities in exploiting controlled vocabularies and improving resource discovery. Authority data held in library systems, including classification schemes find new ways of

Sharing expertise in support of Networked Knowledge Organization Systems


“Small is beautiful” said Ernst Schumacher in 1973. Despite the subsequent trends towards globalization, his note still strikes a chord, echoing strongly at the 13th NKOS Workshop held in London on 11-12 September. Addressing only 20 participants, each of the 9 speakers got the space and audience support to expose real issues arising from their current R & D projects, including practical



Digital Asset Management Europe 2014 (DAMEU) I attended this conference on 26th-27th June in London on behalf of ISKO UK, in place of Stella Dextre Clarke, who was unable to attend. The full programme of the meeting, with abstracts of papers is given on the conference web site. The scope of the concept that is labelled by the term “digital assets” was not defined, but it became clear during

Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory. Call for Participation.


The International Conference and Annual Meeting of DCMI, 8-11 October 2014 (DC-2014) requests submission of papers on the Conference theme: Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in

Open Access Metadata and Indicators


With the advent of Open Access initiatives, the need has arisen to annotate discrete works to indicate the conditions under which they may be accessed and/or re-used. In January 2013, the NISO  Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group was charged with developing protocols and mechanisms for transmitting the access status of scholarly works, specifically to indicate whether a specific

99% Smiles, 1% Sweat, 100% Cotton


At our last two conferences, we have supplied delegate bags made from pure, eco-friendly cotton. These were manufactured by a social enterprise called Vandanamu, whose factory is located near Pondicherry on the coast of southern India. The bags are of very high quality and good value for money. They can be printed with a logo - or logos - of your choice and are available in a range of

In Remembrance of Peter Griffiths


It is with real sadness that we note the passing, on 13 November, of Peter Griffiths. Peter had a long career in LIS, starting at Harrow Public Library and progressing through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, then the Department of Health. But many of us who knew him probably came across him during his long tenure at the Home Office, where his latest position was Head of Information within

K, KM, KO: in Search of Definitions


After 25 years of service on standards committees I suffer from a personal dread of definitions. As chairman of some ISO and BSI working groups, I’ve generally had the job of cajoling all parties into consensus. And the definitions clause has generally proven the most divisive, packed with minutiae to excite the sensibilities of the experts. It usually locks the committee up for weeks of

CILIP’s Information Management Summit and the KO connection


Since the Stone Age or even before, the ability to share knowledge and information has been fundamental to the development of the human race. Just think of how expertise in making flints, then metal tools, pottery, paper and glass revolutionized our life-style as it spread round the globe! And think how the opportunities for exploiting information are now even greater. CILIP has an enviable

Feedback from UDC Seminar "Classification & Visualization:Interfaces to Knowledge"


Posted on behalf of Judi Vernau I had no idea that Paul Otlet, co-inventor of UDC, was also instrumental in bringing the 5x3 index card to the world. Or that he was an early thinker about levels of granularity within the content of a book, and how you should be able to arrange and re-arrange those contents as required (what would he have made of the term 'information architecture'?). Boyd

Classification & Visualization, The Hague, 24-25 October - early bird closes 30 June


International UDC Seminar 2013 entitled "Classification & Visualization:Interfaces to Knowledge" will take place on Thursday 24 - Friday 25 October in the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), The Hague. The objective of this conference is to explore cutting edge advances and techniques in the visualization of knowledge across various fields of application and their

UKeiG is now seeking nominations for the 2013 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award


The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. The deadline for

Loughborough's Department of Information Science to Close


The Department will be replaced by a centre for information management within Loughborough's School of Business and Economics.In a statement, Loughborough says that the centre will "allow the university to better integrate the strengths it has in research, teaching and enterprise in the department of information science and the School of Business and Economics, and will build on the expertise and

CFP: Classification and Visualization, The Hague, 24-25 October 2013


INTERNATIONAL UDC SEMINAR 2013 Classification & Visualization:  Interfaces to Knowledge VENUE:         National Library of the Netherlands DATE:        24-25 October 2013 WEBSITE: CONTACT: PROPOSALS DEADLINE: 15 January 2013 "Classification & Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge" is the fourth in a series of International UDC Seminars

UKeiG announces Tony Kent Strix Award 2012 Winners


For the first time in its history, UKeiG has been unable to identify a clear winner for the Tony Kent Strix award, which is sponsored by Aslib. The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix award 2012 therefore goes jointly to Doug Cutting and Professor David Hawking. More...

The Shape of Knowledge - review of event


The Grammar of Graphics The first speaker, Conrad Taylor, introduced us to the Grammar of Graphics. He opened with a Venn Diagram showing the intersection of Information Designers, IT people, and Information and Knowledge Managers. He pointed out that they don’t spend enough time talking to each other and the whole information community would benefit from fewer silos and more inter-disciplinary



INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SCIENCE   By David Bawden and Lyn Robinson   'I believe this book is the best introduction to information science available at present. It tackles both the philosophical basis and the most important branches, and it is based on solid knowledge about the contemporary literature of the field. If students have the knowledge provided by this introduction, this would be a

ICoASL 2013: 3rd International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, April 10-12, 2013


Library and Information Science Professionals are welcome to contribute papers for presentation on the below themes and related themes. The Papers should be based on research surveys; case studies or action plans rather than theoretical explanations. Main theme is “Special Libraries towards Achieving Dynamic, Strategic, and Responsible Working Environment”. Further information