Next Generation Knowledge Organization Systems: 
Integration Challenges and Stategies
7th Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop
 June 10-11, 2005
Denver, Colorado USA

Advance registration is open until May 9.
The 7th NKOS Workshop will take place on June 10-11, at the Denver Marriott  City Center, Denver, Colorado as part JCDL 2005 ( .   
This Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) workshop builds on seven years of workshops in the U.S. and Europe on issues enabling networked knowledge organization systems (KOS), such as classification systems, thesauri, 
gazetteers, taxonomies, and ontologies, to support the description, retrieval, and use of diverse information resources. Now many efforts are underway to research the issues and implement solutions to the challenges of networking and 
integrating KOS in somewhat isolated domains: indexing services and thesaurus builders, computer scientists and system integrators, ontologists, taxonomists, and others. Requirements to solve these integration issues have become mission critical. The need to support computational, programmatic integration to handle masses of data from independent sources is pushing the research and 
development agenda. The need to move forward to meet these challenges while at the same time applying the best practices and "wisdom" developed through years of practical experience is acute.     

The JCDL-NKOS workshop for 2005 will bring together researchers and implementers from diverse  international communities who are developing new models, conducting research, and implementing practical solutions for networking KOS and integrating the associated information and data resources.  The primary aim of the workshop is to inform NKOS researchers and practitioners about developments across a number of communities and to identify research and development directions. The objectives are to encourage sharing of new initiatives and lessons learned and to identify collaborative development opportunities. 
Topics will include: 
The integration of KOS of different types, including thesauri, classification systems, gazetteers, taxonomies and ontologies, in support of specific digital library and semantic web initiatives.  Methodologies, tools, and strategies for integrating and extending KOS to address new technology opportunities and to bridge domains and user communities. Updates to terminology related standards, including OWL, RDF, NISO Z39.19, the British Thesaurus Standard, the IFLA Guidelines for Multilingual Thesauri, and others from ISO and the W3C.
Identification of a research agenda to move forward
Workshop Format
The full-day workshop will begin Friday afternoon and end Saturday noon.  It will include invited and accepted presentations selected by the program committee.  Presentations will be grouped into topic sessions.  Demonstrations may also be set up before and after the workshop and during breaks. Time will be provided for discussion of issues and networking opportunities. Participants will be given the opportunity to introduce their work and their interests.  Facilitated discussions will be used to identify a research agenda.

Who Should Attend?
         Digital library and information infrastructure developers,
         Thesaurus, taxonomy, ontology and other KOS developers,
         Standards developers in the area of terminology usage and exchange,
         Resource discovery service providers (search engines, directories, 
portals etc.)
         Information scientists, library, museum and archive professionals,
         Language engineering and terminology researchers
         Knowledge managers
Program Committee 
Gail Hodge, Information International Associates, Inc.
Jian Qin, University of Syracuse
Douglas Tudhope, University of Glamorgan
Marcia Zeng, Kent State University
Linda Hill, UC Santa Barbara (retired)
Registration and Further Details

Advance registration with early discount is open until May 9 from the JCDL2005 web site at 
Attendees are encouraged to attend the JCDL conference, but the regular conference fee does not include the workshop. Please check the above web site for applicable rates.
See the NKOS web site for further details, including the most recent program, and for general information on NKOS: 
For additional information contact:
Gail Hodge 
Information International Associates, Inc. 
312 Walnut Pl.
Havertown, PA 19083 USA
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