Sunday, 29 July 2007

Folksologies: de-idealizing ontologies

I just stumbled across an interesting item in a blog which looks at the folksonomy/taxonomy debate from a somewhat different angle. It references Clay Shirky's grumpy indictment of formal taxonomy Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags, and contains a passing mention of librarians 'puking' on emergent ontologies. However, read on, because it goes on to propose a way of disambiguating the homonyms which are bound to creep into social tagging practices (using URIs) and suggests that this will keep both the 'Lakoff-ians' (his term) and the librarians happy.

Folksologies: de-idealizing ontologies

Friday, 27 July 2007

CFP - Tenth International ISKO Conference, Montreal 5-8 Aug 2008

Official Call for Papers is now open for:

10th biennial International ISKO Conference "Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization"
5-8 August 2008

The conference is organised and hosted by the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal.

The proposed research topics include:
    Epistemological Foundations in KO
    ­ Models and Methods
    ­ Systems and Tools ­ Ethics
    ­ KO for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
    ­ Non-Textual Materials
    ­ KO in Multilingual Environments
    ­ Users and Social Context
    ­ Discourse Communities and KO
    ­ KO for Information Management and Retrieval
    ­ Evaluation

Types of Contributions Accepted: research papers, posters, and workshop proposals. See detailed instructions here

Important Dates
­ Abstract submission, deadline: November 9th 2007.
­ Notification of acceptance of paper submissions: December 14th 2007.
­ Notification of acceptance of posters: January 18th 2008.
­ Camera ready papers due in MS Word/RTF format: 1st March 2008.