Friday, 24 August 2007

Invasion of the Knowledge Organizers

London, England, 22 August 2007.

The authorities in London have issued a warning that the city is likely to be hit by several swarms of Knowledge Organizers next month. The first swarm will make landfall on 4 September, when the UK Chapter of ISKO hold their half-day seminar Tools for knowledge organization today.

Disorganized knowledge workers are advised to take extra care on 12 September, when mixed swarms of knowledge managers and data managers are forecast to hit the Charing Cross area. First to arrive will be those attending the afternoon seminar of NetIKX - the Network for Information and Knowledge Exchange - at the DWP in John Adam St., where Stella Dextre Clarke will be speaking on Standardising the language of information and knowledge management – the Agony and the Ecstasy.

Following in the early evening of the 12th., another swarm is expected to descend upon the British Computer Society's premises in Southampton Street for a meeting entitled Information, data and metadata: why they need to be managed. The meeting marks the launch of Keith Gordon's new book Principles of Data Management: Facilitating Information Sharing.

After a brief respite, we are warned that a further swarm is due to hit the Covent Garden area on 17 September in the form of the BCS KIDMM (Knowledge, Information, Data and Metadata Management) day conference KIDMM: MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2007. Since this gathering comprises a number of different species which do not normally swarm together, visitors to the area are advised to be on their guard against unpredictable behaviour.

So, make sure you get these in your diary:

04 September: Tools for knowledge organization today
12 September: Standardising the language of information and knowledge management – the Agony and the Ecstasy
12 September: Information, data and metadata: why they need to be managed
17 September: KIDMM: MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2007

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

New Developments in Faceted Search

Earley & Associates are running another TaxoCop Call on August 29 entitled New Developments in Faceted Search. Details are available on the Earley web site.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Invitation to ISKO UK Seminar "Tools for knowledge organization today"

ISKO UK invites you to a half-day seminar "Tools for knowledge organization today" to be held on 4th September 2007, in London.

This afternoon event focuses on current developments in knowledge organization systems and the work of groups in the knowledge organization field (NKOS and KIDMM). The programme will include presentations on new standards for structured vocabularies (BS 8723), and an automatic metadata generation project.

Attendance is free. To book your place email info[@t]

More information on programme and venue are on the seminar's webpage.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Friday, 17 August 2007

More Collaborative Searching?

I reproduce below a recent posting to the ona-prac listserv, announcing the beta version of a new collaborative search engine. It seems to me that it does much the same as swicki, but perhaps someone with a bit more time at their disposal would like to investigate and comment?


From: David Wilson
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 2:16 PM
Subject: AntStorm now in beta release

Hello Friends –

I’m writing to let you know about a nifty new Web search engine called AntStorm. AntStorm has set out to improve the Web search experience and simultaneously funnel a ton of money into the non-profits and charities that
are making our world a better place. The basic notion is to apply the editorial capacity of the global community to the search problem. The site is in beta release and will go live later this year.

Here is a good description of the company:

And here is a good example of “trail”:

Please take a look around the site and use it a little. We’d love for you to create a trail or two of your own. Fifteen percent of the revenue generated by your trails will benefit our beta charities – listed at Please tell us what you think – good or bad – with an email to support at It’ll help us know where we’re strong and what we need to improve. And please feel free
to forward this email along to your friends so they learn about the site and can also contribute content and feedback.

Thanks, and I hope you are well and happy!


Bob Bater