ISKO 2022

Conference programme

We are very pleased to announce that both Professor Kora Golub and professor Jens-Erik Mai have promised to make keynotes at the ISKO 2022 that will be held in Denmark at Aalborg University (see below). More information on the conference programme to come.

Keynote speakers

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    Professor Jens-Erik Mai: Classification in the algorithmic age

    Title: Classification in the algorithmic age

    Today most of our interactions with information are mediated and controlled by digital media.  Information is organized and selected for us personally through secret, black-boxed algorithms, which make the search experience easy and convenient for the majority of people.  However, the current paradigm of providing personalized search results comes with significant ethical concerns over the appropriation, analyses and usage of personal information.  The knowledge organization community, on the other hand, has a long history of devising systems for search and provision of information that are based on assumptions of neutrality, objectivity and the common good.  In this talk, I will outline what I consider to the be the major challenges, obligations and opportunities for classification in the algorithmic age.

    Bio Professor Jens-Erik Mai:

    Professor Jens-Erik Mai

    Jens-Erik Mai is Professor of Information and the Head of Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen. His research concerns basic questions about the nature of information phenomena in contemporary society — he is concerned with the state of privacy and surveillance given new digital media, with classification given the pluralistic nature of meaning and society, and with information and its quality given its pragmatic nature.  He is currently engaged in the collaborative, interdisciplinary research project: “’Don’t Take it Personal’ – Privacy and information in an algorithmic age”.

    Previously Jens-Erik was associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction.  He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Aalborg, Denmark.

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    Professor Kora Golub: Subject Access for Digital Humanities

    Title: Subject Access for Digital Humanities

    While support for subject searching has been traditionally advocated for in library catalogues, notably since Cutter’s objectives for library catalogues, research shows that subject access in online library catalogues, repositories, and commercial services like bibliographic databases and discovery services has been less than optimal and fails to meet established objectives of bibliographic systems. Although the services try to match users’ expectations by implementing Google-like single search box interfaces, it seems that efficient mechanisms such as ranking algorithms used by Google, efficient exploitation of intellectual effort that has been invested into subject indexing, or even quality-controlled subject indexing per se, are still missing from these services, leading to retrieval failures. 

    Specific problems in indexing humanities research have offered concerns for research over several decades. As part of the general development of digital scholarship, disciplines and research areas in the humanities have developed new structures both within themselves and in relation to other disciplines, both within and outside the humanities. In the currently growing interdisciplinary field of digital humanities, it is important to provide quality subject access to a vast variety of heterogeneous information objects in digital services. This includes both primary sources and secondary ones.

    Recent studies of subject access in selected discovery systems, a university repository and Scopus will be used to demonstrate the raised issues, complemented by a qualitative study of researchers in the humanities and their ways of subject searching.

    Bio Professor Kora Golub: 

    Professor Kora Golub

    Koraljka Golub is a Professor of Library and Information Science at Linnaeus University (LNU), Sweden. She is also the Head of the iInstitute, LNU’s iSchool and co-leader of LNU’s Digital Humanities Initiative. Her research in knowledge organization focuses on subject access in the context of retrieval. Interoperability, social tagging and automatic subject indexing and classification are examples of some of research topics she has been working with.