The 8th Biennal Conference of the French Chapter of ISKO
Stability and Dynamism in Knowledge Organization
27th-28th June 2011, Lille, University Charles-De-Gaulle Lille 3

Conference theme

The 8th edition of the ISKO-France conference aims to focus on the issue of stability and dynamism in the concepts and paradigms underlying knowledge organization research. Ten years after the International ISKO conference organized by Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto on this very theme, the French chapter of ISKO, convinced of the importance of this theme proposes to revisit it. This 2011 edition aims in particular to examine the mutations that modes and structures of knowledge organization may have undergone in the face of technological advances driven by the Web, especially by the Social Web. Conversely, we also seek to ascertain which modes and structures have resisted the technological upheaval induced by the Web. What are the reasons for their stability or dynamism? What is the impact of the societal mutations induced by the penetration of the Web in every aspect of scientific and professional activity on modes of knowledge organization and on modalities for the production and circulation of knowledge? What is or will be the impact of the so-called “Semantic Web” on knowledge organization research? What repercussions may we expect on models, structures and knowledge representation modes? Are we in the face of an evolution or a revolution, a break-off or continuity?

The 8th Biennal Conference of the French ISKO Chapter seeks contributions on these questions. Papers should report original work not published elsewhere or under review elsewhere at the time of submission. Submissions can report either theoretical work linked to stability or dynamism of theories, concepts and paradigms in KO or focus on applications but with an emphasis to highlight the theoretical and epistemological underpinnings of the practical work. More precisely, contributions can focus on one or more of these topics:

  1. Historical and epistemological foundations of knowledge organization(KO)
    • Paradigms underlying research in KO
    • Structures and relations in KO
    • Role and influence of culture for the design of KO tools
    • Evolution and stability of KO paradigms in different societies or cultures

  2. Knowledge organization systems
    • Evolution of controlled vocabularies (classification languages, thesauri,...) in the semantic web era
    • Interoperability of systems and devices for KO
    • Centralized systems for KO and the social collaborative practices of web 2.0

  3. Mutations in professional practices
    • Transformation of documentary forms
    • Collaborative practices in documentation services
    • Interoperability of knowledge representation tools
    • Metamorphosis of the documentation space in its relation with sense making, with form and time
    • New editorial forms, new representation modes for information and knowledge circulation

  4. Uses and users of knowledge organization systems
    • Users practices of KO systems
    • Uses of new tools and devices for classification and categorization (folksonomies, folkontologies).


Lille 3
Laboratoire Gériico
Ecole doctorale Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société


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