Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS)

NKOS Workshop at ACM DL'99, Berkeley, Saturday August 14, 1999

ACM DL99 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
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:15 Gail Hodge: NKOS Registries Update (presentation slides)
11:15 - 12:00 R&D presentation 
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 R&D presentations (4 presentations of current projects) 
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:30 General discussion; Issue clarification; Next steps - organize ongoing project groups or online discussion topics

Expected Participants

The NKOS participants are listed and briefly described at dl98_workshop_participants.html. This is an international group of 40+ individuals some of which were at the last workshop and some of which have joined the group since that time. We also expect to attract additional people who have not participated before. Participation will be limited to provide a good workshop environment for fruitful discussion. This means that it is possible that registration will be closed at some point, if necessary.

You may register for the workshop only or for the full conference through the ACM DL'99 web site.  Current NKOS participants should send updated versions of their description of interest for the Participants listing. New participants should look at the current listing and send a similar brief description of their interests and activities related to the Networked Knowledge Organization Systems.

Registration fee for the workshop is $50 payable to DL99 as part of the conference registration process. The URL for the conference program and registration is

Workshop Leaders

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

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.

Joseph Busch is Vice President for Information Product Development at DATAFUSION, a company developing knowledge management products that integrate metathesaurus, metadata, and systems modeling technologies. His domain experience ranges from the arts and humanities to business and law. Over the past 25 years as an information professional, he has worked in a wide variety of institutional settings including academic, private, and public libraries, as well as management consulting organizations. Mr. Busch organized and led the DL 97 workshop on Metadata and Thesauri.

Workshop Results
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