Networked Knowledge Organization Systems and Services

The 5th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop

Workshop at the 10th ECDL Conference, Alicante, Spain

September 21, 2006


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Workshop Background and Details | Call for Papers
ECDL 2006 | NKOS Network

Call for Presentations and Participation

Workshop webpage:

For the fifth time, an NKOS Workshop will be arranged as official workshop of the European Digital Library Conference. This time the workshop takes place on September 21st, as part of ECDL 2006 in Alicante, Spain (

Proposals are invited for presentations (typically 20 minutes plus discussion time, potentially longer if the substance and importance warrant it) on work or projects related to the themes of the workshop (see below) or to NKOS more generally. The traditionally reflective style of the NKOS workshops allows plenty of time for discussion and features a briefing session for shorter communications and emergent topics.

Please email proposals (approx. 1000 words including aims, methods, main findings)

by May 11

to Traugott Koch ( Advance indication that you intend to submit a presentation would be helpful. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and notification of acceptance will be given by June 16. The early registration deadline for the conference and the workshop is July 15.

After the workshop, copies of presentations will be made available on the workshop website. Presentations from the Workshop may be invited to be submitted as extended paper to the electronic peer reviewed journal: Journal of Digital Information, JoDI (

The workshop aims to address key challenges for KOS posed by the overlapping themes of

However, other NKOS topics can also be proposed. For inspiration, visit the NKOS network website at:

A significant feature of this NKOS workshop will be a special session highlighting Semantic Web applications of KOS in Digital Libraries. This builds on Semantic Web contacts established at previous NKOS workshops at ECDL and represents a convergence of semantic Digital Library efforts from the library world and Semantic Web communities. The session will focus on theoretical and practical issues involved in building next-generation Semantic Digital Libraries that provide machine support for end-users in their search for content and information.

Submissions for this "Semantic Web Special Session" are invited according to the same procedures and should please be marked as such. Further details see below.

Main Contact

Traugott Koch
UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, UK,
Phone: +44 1225 383218
Fax: +44 1225-386256

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Knowledge Organization Systems, such as classifications, gazetteers, lexical databases, ontologies, taxonomies and thesauri, attempt to model the underlying semantic structure of a domain. Modern digital information systems afford more options for mapping and presenting alternative orders of information than traditional physical libraries. The digital environment offers more possibilities of presenting information from different interests and discourses. Thus, the challenge is as much intellectual as technical when we want to develop knowledge organization systems that are useful and meaningful for the end-users operating in complex, interdisciplinary knowledge domains. The workshop would address the following general themes, although we will also remain open to emergent issues:

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Semantic Web Special Session

With the development of the Resource Description Framework (RDF), OWL Web Ontology Language and Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), the W3C Semantic Web Activity promotes the deployment of technologies for expressing, exchanging and processing metadata in a form processable by machines. The Dublin Core and related vocabularies of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) represents a crucial contribution to this growing suite of standards.

The goal of the special session is to support the deployment of Semantic Web methods in support of Knowledge Organization systems and services. The assumption underlying semantic digital libraries is that full-text search cannot be the entire solution for the massively expanding information space of emerging digital libraries. Next-generation digital library systems must also be able to handle well-defined metadata describing the stored contents and provide machine support for the end users in their search for content. One crucial first step is to organize bibliographic metadata for automated interpretation by machines.

Major steps in this direction include

Authors are encouraged to submit workshop contributions on these and other related topics, such as:

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Program committee

Workshop Background and Details | Call for Papers
ECDL 2006 | NKOS Network

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