ISKOI: 11th International ISKO Conference, Rome, Feb 23-26, 2010

Claudio Gnoli gnoli at
Wed Mar 18 11:36:51 CET 2009

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*** 11th International ISKO Conference ***
   Rome (Italy), February 23rd-26th, 2010

Second call for papers
-45 days to the deadline for submissions

--- Theme: Paradigms and conceptual systems in knowledge organization

The arrangement of any information content using tools like
bibliographic classification schemes, subject heading systems,
thesauri, taxonomies, and ontologies is collectively studied today
under the broader label of knowledge organization (KO). The
International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) organizes its
biennial international conference to gather scholars and
practitioners across the world who are interested in sharing their
perspectives and experience in this field.

The next international conference will be held in Rome on February
23rd to 26th, 2010, and will have as its theme "Paradigms and
conceptual systems in knowledge organization". Recent research
presented in KO journals and conferences has emphasized how knowledge
organization systems (KOSs) are affected by the social, cultural, and
philosophical contexts in which authors and communities produce and
use them. As a consequence, a critical way of looking at all forms of
KO has spread. Scholars have warned that paradigms hidden in KOSs --
meant as sets of basic assumptions on which knowledge fields are
grounded at a given time and place -- should be identified and
discussed more explicitly.

Systems have to be developed and described with an increased
awareness of their foundations, as well as their still unsolved
questions. Critical awareness does not, in fact, eliminate the
persisting need for KO. The time may be right to move forward from a
critical stage towards a more constructive one, aimed at finding out
which paradigms and conceptual systems can best suit the various
purposes of contemporary KO.

Although many systems have been designed for the purposes of
specific domains and communities, the new situation of interconnected
global knowledge means that often we cannot anticipate which users
will access our knowledge resources. This poses the question of how
to deal with both global and local surroundings and needs, ie with a
diversity of traditions and special viewpoints (eg cultural,
disciplinary or theoretical) within the framework of a global

Papers are welcome on KO topics including:

- ontological foundations of KO, eg ontological categories, levels
of reality, principles for analyzing classes into their kinds and

- epistemological foundations of KO, eg psychological, cognitive,
linguistic bases, normative or hermeneutical presuppositions
incorporated in KOSs on what is meant by knowledge;

- pragmatical foundations and requirements of KO, eg viewpoint
warrant, cultural warrant, domain analysis, interoperability between
different perspectives, both global and local;

- solutions for the management of the interdisciplinarity,
transdisciplinarity, and complexity of contemporary knowledge
(as remarked eg in the Leon Manifesto);

- description and analysis of specific KOSs and their conceptual

--- Instructions for authors

Please provide by May 4th, 2009, a condensed version of your paper,
consisting of 1000 to 1500 words in accurate English, saved as an RTF
or TXT or DOC file. Remove authors' names from the text, using
"Author" and year in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of
authors' name, paper title, etc.

In order to submit it, go to the submission Web page:
and create an account, specifying that you are an Author.

Then go back to the conference homepage
(by clicking on "Paradigms and conceptual systems in KO") and select
"Proposal submission" under the picture or in the menu on the right.
Fill the form and upload your paper according to the instructions.
(In case you experience any problem, contact the programme chair at
gnoli a )

Papers will be reviewed by the scientific committee as for their
originality and relevance to the conference theme and to knowledge
organization in general. You will be able to follow the revision
process online, and will be notified on acceptance by end of June.

Authors of accepted papers will be requested to submit a final
version of a maximum of 7 pages (~3500 words), which will be
published in the printed proceedings, in the "Advances in KO" series,
by Ergon Verlag.

Failure to conform to the registration and submission deadlines and
to template formats will lead to paper rejection from the proceedings
and the program.

--- Organization

The 11th biennial International ISKO Conference is organized by the
Italian Chapter of ISKO and hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy at
the Sapienza University of Rome.

Conference chair:
Fulvio Mazzocchi, National Research Council, Italy

Programme chair:
Claudio Gnoli, University of Pavia, Italy

Programme committee:

Previous ISKO conferences took place in Darmstadt (1990),
Madras (1992), Copenhagen (1994), Washington (1996), Lille (1998),
Toronto (2000), Granada (2002), London (2004), Vienna (2006), and
Montreal (2008).

--- Important dates

Deadline for condensed paper submission: May 4th, 2009
Notification about paper acceptance: June, 2009
Deadline for full camera ready paper: September 30th, 2009
Conference: February 23rd-26th, 2010

--- Contacts

Dr. Fulvio Mazzocchi
National Research Council. Institute for Complex Systems
Montelibretti Section, via Salaria Km 29,300
CP 10, 00015 Monterotondo Stazione (RM), Italy

Dr. Claudio Gnoli
University of Pavia. Science and Technology Library
via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia, Italy

email: rome2010 a

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