Keynote Speakers

DAGOBERT SOERGEL is a Professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland and an Information Technology and Services Consultant since 1970. He has been working in the area of IR, specifically classification (taxonomy, ontologies) and thesauri, for over 40 years. He is the author of a number of papers and textbooks in the field of indexing and information retrieval. Prof. Soergel is the receipient of the Award of Merit for 1997, the highest award of the American Society for Information Science.

Talk title: Illuminating chaos: using classification to harness the Web.


DAN BRICKLEY is best known for his work on Web standards in the W3C community, where he helped create the Semantic Web project and many of its defining technologies. Dan is currently working at the Vrije University Amsterdam on the NoTube EU project, developing new approaches to interactive TV that build upon SKOS, FOAF and open Web technologies. Previous work included six years on the W3C technical staff, establishing ILRT's Semantic Web group at the University of Bristol, and more recently at Joost, an Internet TV startup. He has been involved with resource discovery metadata since 1994 when he published the first HTML Philosophy guide on the Web, and has been exploring distributed, collaborative approaches to 'finding stuff' ever since.

Talk title: Open Web standards and classification: foundations for a hybrid approach



ANDERS ARDÖ is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University where he belongs to the Circuit and System Design research area. His main areas of interest are digital library development; vertical search engines; parallel/distributed computing; focused (topical) Web crawling; advanced methods for information discovery and retrieval; and automatic subject classification/text mining. Focus areas are knowledge discovery and development of distributed knowledge organization technologies and information systems, in particular exploring the usability of knowledge organization systems (thesauri, classifications, taxonomies, ontologies, gazetteers) in the digital library context. Dr Ardö has published more than seventy papers (webpage: http://www.eit.lth.se/staff/anders.ardo).

Talk title: Automated classification: insights into benefits, costs and lessons learned

LINDA KERR is based at Heriot-Watt University, and is a service manager for Intute. She has been involved in the resource discovery and delivery of Web resources in Higher Education since starting as a project officer for EEVL (Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) in 1996. Other projects include the Institutional Repositories Search Project, the Virtual Training Suite, and EU projects creating digital resources for deaf and disabled people.

Talk title: Intute: from a distributed network to a unified database, lessons learned and future developments

JAKOB VOSS was one of the founders and, for several years, a member of the executive board of Wikimedia Germany - a registered association for the promotion of free knowledge. Jakob has degrees in computer science, library science, and philosophy from the Humboldt University, Berlin. He works at the library service centre of the Common Library Network (GBV) in Göttingen. His research interest is in Wikipedia development and social software.

Talk title: Wikipedia as Knowledge Organization System

MARLENE VAN DOORN works as information specialist at the Library, Documentation and Information Department of the African Studies Centre in Leiden. Her work focuses on facilitating access to African Studies resources, in particular through the library's online catalogue, the abstracts journal African Studies Abstracts Online and thematic Web dossiers. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of the African Studies Thesaurus. She is a member of the department’s digital library committee which serves as sounding board for digital innovations and developments.

KATRIEN POLMAN works as information specialist at the Library, Information and Documentation Department of the African Studies Centre in Leiden. Her work focuses on facilitating access to African Studies resources and meeting the information needs of ASC library users. Her tasks include selecting, indexing, and abstracting publications, including articles from periodicals, for the library's online catalogue and its abstracts journal, African Studies Abstracts Online. She evaluates and selects digital resources for the web service Connecting Africa and is involved in the development and maintenance of the ASC’s African Studies Thesaurus. She is also the editor of the ASC library's Web Dossiers.

Talk title: From classification to thesaurus ... and back? Subject indexing tools at the library of the Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden

VICTORIA FRÂNCU is a librarian at the “Carol I” Central University Library of Bucharest. She also teaches classification and indexing at the University of Bucharest. Her research interest is in the field of knowledge organization systems, in particular classifications and their role in supporting information retrieval. She is the head of the Cataloguing and Indexing Section of the Romanian Library Association and a member of the working group on the translation of the Rameau subject heading system into Romanian. She holds a PhD in information science from the University of Antwerpen.

COSMIN-NICOLAE SABO is a lecturer at the Nord Baia Mare University where he teaches advanced database systems, security of information systems, computer networks and object oriented programming. He holds a degree in computer science from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Sibiu and has been working as software developer specializing in the area of computer networks, information systems security and object-oriented programming since 2000. He was the head of the Automation Department at Baia Mare County Library between 2002-2006 and during that period he developed an integrated library system called BiblioPhil.

Talk title: Implementation of a UDC-based multilingual thesaurus in a library catalogue: the case of BiblioPhil

ÁGNES HAJDU BARÁT is Professor at the University of Szeged Gyula Juhász Faculty of Education (SZTE JGYPK). She worked as an information consultant for a number of organization and research projects. Her research interests are epistemological issues of knowledge organization, visualization of information, interdisciplinarity and multilingual information retrieval. Prof. Hajdu Barát is the vice president of Hungarian Library Association and an associate editor of the UDC. She is the author of several books and over seventy articles in the field of knowledge organization and knowledge management.

Talk title: Integration of thesaurus and UDC to improve subject access: the Hungarian experience

STELLA DEXTRE CLARKE is an independent consultant specializing in the design and implementation of thesauri and other knowledge organization structures, with clients in the public and private sectors. She currently leads ISO NP 25964, the project to update and revise the international standards for thesauri. Previously she was the Convenor of the Working Group which developed BS 8723, the set of corresponding British Standards. Stella is widely known for her work on behalf of the UK Cabinet Office, as principal architect of the IPSV (Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary), a key component of the e-Government Metadata Standard. In 2006 she won the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding achievement in information retrieval, in recognition of the impact this work has had for information sharing in the public sector.

Talk title: Providing for interoperability between thesauri and classification schemes in ISO 25964

VANDA BROUGHTON is Senior Lecturer in Library & Information Studies, and Programme Director for the MA LIS, at University College London. She has worked on the revision of the Bliss bibliographic classification since 1972, and is Joint Editor of the second edition. She has been involved with the UDC since 1997, and is now Associate Editor. A member of the Classification Research Group from the 1970s, she has also been a member of the IFLA Committee on Classification and Indexing, and is the author of a number of books and articles on the theory and design of classifications and thesauri.

Talk title: Concepts and terms in the faceted classification: the case of UDC

CLAUDIO GNOLI has been working as an academic librarian since 1994. His main interest is classification theory. He has published papers on this subject in several international journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium (UDCC) and of the journal "Knowledge organization", and vice-president of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).

Talk title: Classification transcends library business

FELIX BOTERAM is a librarian and research assistant working for the RESEDA project at the Institute of Information Management at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany. RESEDA aims at developing models for the representation of semantic data in systems for knowledge organisation from an interdisciplinary perspective.

JESSICA HUBRICH works at the Institute of Information Management at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She is team leader of CrissCross, a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) focused on mapping subject headings from the German Subject Authority File (SWD) to classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).

Talk title: Specifying intersystem relations: requirements, strategies and issues

CERI BINDING is a Research Associate in the Hypermedia Research Unit, Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan. Ceri graduated with a BSc in Computer Studies in 1997 whilst working as an Analyst Designer / Programmer for Hyder IT, before joining Glamorgan in 2000. He had responsibility for development work on the FACET project and implemented various standalone and web systems for the project. He is currently conducting research and development work for the STAR project, involving use of SKOS and CRM data. Related research interests include Knowledge Organisation Systems, intelligent web-based retrieval and interface design. Read more.

DOUGLAS TUDHOPE is Professor in the Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan and leads the Hypermedia Research Unit. His area of research is Knowledge Organisation Systems and Services. He was PI on the EPSRC FACET project in collaboration with the Science Museum and Museum Documentation Association and is PI on an AHRC project (Semantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources) in collaboration with English Heritage. He is Editor of the journal, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia and acting Theme Editor, Information Discovery, Journal of Digital Information (JoDI). He was an author of the recent JISC State of the art review on Terminology Services and Technology. Read more.

Talk title: Specifying intersystem relations: requirements, strategies and issues

GORDON DUNSIREis Depute Director of the Centre for Digital Library Research at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of the CILIP-BL Committee on AACR and the CILIP Committee on DDC, and is Chair of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland. He is the principal developer of the SCONE collection descriptions service and other components of the Scottish Common Information Environment, and has been involved in several projects investigating the use of collection-level description and metadata aggregation in wide-area resource discovery.

DENNIS NICHOLSONis Director of the Centre for Digital Library Research at Strathclyde University and Director of Research in Strathclyde University's Information Resources Directorate. Since 1991, he has managed a range of funded projects, either directly or in his role as CDLR manager. Included amongst these projects are HaIRST (2002-2005), COPAC/Clumps (2002-2004), Scottish Portals Initiative (2001-), Victorian Times (2001-), HILT (2000-), SCONE (1999-), CAIRNS (1998-2000), CATRIONA II (1996-98), CATRIONA (1994-95), and the BUBL Information Service (1991-). Further information about most of these projects can be found at <http://cdlr.strath.ac.uk/projects/projects.html>.

Talk title: Signposting the crossroads: terminology web services and classification-based interoperability

ARETI RAMACHANDRA DURGA PRASAD is Associate Professor at the Documentation Research and Training Centre of the Indian Statistical Institute. He has worked in an advisory capacity on several important committees including the National Knowledge Commission (India) working group on libraries, DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board, National e-Governance committee on data and metadata standards. His main interests are in IT applications for information systems in general, and his current research interests cover Semantic Web technologies, ontologies development and deployment, digital library research, and multi-lingual retrieval. Dr Prasad has published more than 100 papers in national and international seminars, conferences and journals.

DEVIKA MADALLI is a lecturer at the Documentation Research and Training Centre. She holds a PhD in knowledge representation techniques for faceted classificatory systems. Her interest is in the area of knowledge organisation and application of facet analysis in information systems, digital libraries, Semantic Web technologies, ontologies, content management systems, and e-learning. She has published more than 60 papers in national and international seminars, conferences and journals.

Talk title: Classificatory ontologies

ANTOINE ISAAC is a post-doctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and Koninklijke Bibliotheek where has been working for a number of years on how Semantic Web technology can be successfully used in Cultural Heritage environment. He works on the representation and interoperability of cultural heritage collections and their vocabularies (STITCH, TELplus and EuropeanaConnect projects). He is a member of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and is involved in the design of SKOS. Read more.

Talk title: Using SKOS in practice, with examples from the classification domain

VESAVA OSINSKA received an MSc in physics from Vilnius University and a PhD in Information Science and Bibliography from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland), where she teaches Information and Communication Technology and Computer Graphics. She has applied her Computer Science background and programming skills to research areas which include effective visualization of multidimensional information, as for example, bibliographical data generated in digital libraries. She is a member of the Polish Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization and Polish Computer Science Society.

Talk title: Visual analysis of classification scheme

ALENKA ŠAUPERL is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. Her teaching and research areas are in the organization of information, including descriptive and subject cataloguing, as well as abstracting. She is the author of several books and many articles in the field cataloguing and subject indexing.

Talk title: UDC and folksonomies

PHILIPPE COUSSON is librarian at the Lycée Camille Guérin, Poitiers. Besides librarianship (document analysis, thesaurus and classification), he has two main interests: theology and linguistics. For more than twenty years, he has been working in a collaborative activity of subject indexing of periodicals of educational interest (Mémofiches). During three years he supervised continuing education sessions for school librarians.

Talk title: UDC as a non-disciplinary classification system for a high-school library

MARIE BALIKOVA is the head of the National subject heading authorities and classification department of the National Library of the Czech Republic, also responsible for the implementation of the subject analysis international standards, as well as the Conspectus method (subject access) in the Czech Republic. She is the lead of the working group on subject access, member of the National Cataloguing Policy Committee, member of the IFLA Standing Committee of the Indexing and Classification Section and an associate editor of the UDC. She is the coordinator of the project on Multilingual Subject Access to Catalogues and Databases of National Libraries (MSAC) and participated in the Multilingual Content Aggregation System (M-CAST) project. Marie is the author of many books and papers on subject indexing.

Talk title: The role of UDC classification in the Czech Subject Authority File

DARIJA ROZMAN has been the head of the subject cataloguing department at the National and University Library in Ljubljana since 1998. She has published a number of papers on subject cataloguing and Universal Decimal Classification specifically. Darija is a member of the editorial team of the Slovenian General Subject Headings List Online (Spletni splošni slovenski geslovnik) and a member of the UDC Advisory Board.

Talk title: The practical value of classification summaries in information management and integration

ROSA SAN SEGUNDO MANUEL is Professor of knowledge organization in the Department of Librarianship and Documentation at the University Carlos III, Madrid. Her area of research is knowledge organization systems, classification systems in particular. She is the president of the Spanish chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) and a member of the UDC Advisory Board. Prof. San Segundo is the author of many articles and books on knowledge organization systems and Universal Decimal Classification.

Talk title: Using MARC classification format for UDC and mappings to other KO systems for an enriched authority file