Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS)

NKOS Workshop at ACM DL'00, San Antonio, Wednesday June 7, 2000
(last updated 6/20/00)

ACM DL00 Website:
NKOS Website:

The goal of the NKOS activity is to develop a group of researchers and developers who are working toward creating interactive Knowledge Organization Systems accessible over the Web. This includes thesaurus and ontology developers, digital library and information infrastructure developers, information scientists, and library professionals. We spend a portion of each meeting informing one another of current relevant projects. A description of previous activities and participants can be found at index.html

8:30 - 10:15
  • Introductory remarks, introductions, and short project descriptions/R&D interests by all participants
  • Gail Hodge (Information International Associates, Inc.): Background on NKOS activities (slides)
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:00
  • Traugott Koch (Lund University & Library of Denmark): European update on NKOS-related activities, including the MODELS workshop in January, the DESIRE project, Martin Doerr's (Crete) work and the efforts of a German group in Bonn and describe the preparations for the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) NKOS workshop. (slides)
11:00 - 11:30
  • Sean Bechhofer (University of Manchester): Specification for an Ontology Exchange Framework (abstract) (slides)
11:30 - 12:00
  • Simon Buckingham Shum (The Open University, UK): The Scholarly Ontologies Project (abstract) (slides)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:30
  • Linda Hill (University of California, Santa Barbara: Digital Gazetteer Information Exchange (DGIE) (abstract) (slides)
1:30 - 2:00
  • Ben Domenico (UCAR Boulder): Community Supported Knowledge Organization Systems for the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) (abstract) (slides)
2:00 - 3:00 General discussion; Issue clarification; Next steps - organize ongoing project groups or online discussion topics


Name, Organization, Homepage, Email

Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University,,
Ben Domenico, Unidata-UCAR,,
Traugott Koch, NetLab & DTV,,
Diane Vizine-Goetz, OCLC,,
Lori Starr, USDA-NAL,,
Karen Pittman, Cycorp Inc,,
David Crabbe, Cycorp Inc,,
Dagobert Soergel, University of MD,,
Tracey Stivers, Proctor & Gamble,,
Carol A. Ellerbeck, Fact City,,
Ghaleb Abdulla, Dow Chemical,,
Keith Belton, SOLINET,,
Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester UK,,
Linda Hill, UCSB,,
Gail Hodge, USGS Biological Resources Div/Information International Asso Inc.,,
Sally Jo Cunningham, University of Waikato,,
Dina Goren-Bar, IUI Lab Ben-Gurion University Israel/Know-Net Inc.,,
Gordon Paynter, University of Waikato,,

Workshop Leaders

Gail Hodge, Information International Associates (IIa), has been involved with production systems for abstracting/indexing services for 20 years. She's currently working as a consultant to USGS on a biodiversity vocabulary for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). She previously held positions with the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information and with Biosis. She helped develop and lead the related workshop at the last ACM DL conference and has organized several other sessions on the topic at other conferences.

Linda Hill is a Research Specialist with the Alexandria Digital Library Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked extensively with thesaurus and metadata development and digital library projects. She helped develop and lead the related workshop at the last ACM DL conference and has maintained the web site for the group.