2018 ASIS&T SIG/CR Workshop: Call for Proposals

Call for Papers & Presentations:
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Classification Research (SIG/CR) Workshop on
Culture, Community, and Voice in Knowledge Organization Systems
Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1 pm – 5 pm
ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC – Nov. 10 – 14, 2018
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Call for Papers & Presentations:

In response to the theme of this year’s conference, SIG/CR seeks to more-deeply examine the ethical and human- and community-centered implications of knowledge organization (KO) systems as they are embedded in technological and institutional spaces. We seek to answer: how do KO systems define, liberate, or restrict the capacities (access to information, creation of identity, ability to mobilize, etc.) of communities and/or individuals?

Given the location of the conference and the opportunities available for this important discussion, First Nations and indigenous communities will be of particular concern, but participants need not feel limited to this topic. We welcome submissions from the point of view of any communities, including, marginalized, ethnic, and immigrant populations; economic, sexual, gender, disabled, and other minorities. “Community” can also reference professional, educational, or other situated communities or groups that are affected by knowledge organizing structures in some capacity. Perspectives on ecological communities would also be very welcome, broadening our discussion into domains often overlooked in studies of KO and technology.

Potential topics for submission include:

  • Examination of the authorial voice in knowledge organizing systems;
  • Imposition of classifications in diverse spaces;
  • Linguistic analyses of KO systems and language revitalization efforts;
  • Knowledge organization as a form of advocacy;
  • Domain- and community-specific KO systems and their interrelationship to other systems;
  • Case studies in building knowledge organization systems in multiple environments;
  • Theoretical critiques of KO systems (such as postcolonial or other critical approaches);
  • The ethics of KO as they relate to the topic;
  • Practitioner and technical perspectives on KO systems;
  • KO systems as creative, subversive, or liberating acts.

There are many potential issues to be discussed here, including,

  1. In what ways do builders of KO systems solicit community involvement for their systems?
  2. What are the feedback mechanisms for KO systems, and what are the avenues to change structures/concepts/relationships that are inappropriate or have been defined?
  3. How do we build flexible systems from a technological point of view? Builders of taxonomies and technology experts are especially welcome in this regard.
  4. Who authors KO systems and what implications does this have on various communities?

We solicit papers from a wide variety of individuals, including scholars, theoreticians, builders of classification systems, and those who have technical expertise in these types of systems. Our aim is to include representation from many communities of practice in the discussion so as to provide a more balanced, nuanced, and informed discussion. In this context, knowledge organization systems are broadly conceived and can potentially include, classification systems, taxonomies, ontologies, linked data structures, algorithms, documentary artifact organizational systems, and other classificatory structures. We encourage submissions that examine KO systems as they are embedded in not only documentary organizations, but scientific and professional KOSes as well. The domain of the classification is also open and can include library classification, distributed computational spaces, museums, professional domains, and beyond.
Concept papers for non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also welcome. A prize will be awarded to the best paper. For more information visit the SIG/CR site at https://sigcr.wordpress.com.
August 15        Paper submissions due
August 31        Author notifications
September 30     Revised papers due
November 1      Participants receive copies of all papers as pre-reads
November 1      Presentation slides due
November 10    Workshop
SUBMISSION: To submit a paper (maximum 1,500 words), please email  sigcr.asist@gmail.com.

Robert D. Montoya, Indiana University Bloomington
Lala Hajibayova, Kent State University
Shavonn Matsuda, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University


2017 ASIS&T SIG/CR Workshop – Pre-conference papers and slides

Please note that the papers here are the pre-conference versions and are intended for use in the workshop and not for citation. After the workshop, authors will have the opportunity to revise their works for a workshop proceedings.

Barbara Kwaśnik has created a classification primer for the purposes of this workshop.
The program can be found here.

Rebecca Green, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated
Providing for Indigenous Nations in the Dewey Decimal Classification
Pre-conference version

Wan-Chen Lee, University of Washington
Three Questions Concerning the Foundation of Multi-perspective Classification
Pre-conference version

Jiquin Liu, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Nina Wacholder, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Classification Systems as a Visualization and Navigational Tool in Online Searching: A Technique for Supporting Multi-Cultural Information Seeking
Pre-conference version

Shavonn-Haevyn Matsuda, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi; Lala Hajibayova, Kent State University; Wayne Buente, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; Luz Quiroga, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; Keahiahi Long, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa;
Decolonizing Knowledge Organization Systems: Hawaiian Epistemology, Representation and Organization
Pre-conference version

Richard P. Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Disciplinary, Asynthetic, Domain-Dependent: NARCIS a National Research Classification in Isolation
Pre-conference version

Dagobert Soergel, University at Buffalo
Multi-perspective KOS to Support Cross-disciplinary Knowledge Transfer

Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
Perspective, Voice, Reference, and Warrant: A Sample of Ameliorations to the Multi-Perspective Design Requirement and Some Arguments Against It
Pre-conference version

Annuska Zolyomi, University of Washington
Challenges of Constructing a Multiple-Perspective Domain Analysis of Neurodiversity
Pre-conference version

SIG/CR workshop schedule

The program for this year’s workshop is now available. We have a great line-up. Please join us!

Conceptual Crowbars and Classification at the Crossroads: The Impact and Future of Classification Research

Workshop sponsored by ASIS&T SIG/Classification Research
ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, USA

8:30 Arrival / 8:40 Welcome

8:45-9:45: Session 1 – Space/time/semantics

Karen M. Wickett, University of Texas at Austin, Modeling Classifications and Value Vocabularies with Situation Semantics

Yejun Wu, Louisiana State University and Li Yang, Southwest Petroleum University, China, Exploring Completeness and Balanced Perspectives in Classifications: Case Studies of Violence and Man-Made Disaster

Joseph Busch, Principal—Taxonomy Strategies, Revisiting Historical Source Information

9:45-10:00, Break

10:00-10:40: Session 2 – Ontology/Epistemology/Culture

Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington, On Operationalization and Evaluation of Epistemic and Ontological Claims to Knowledge Organization

Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cultural Pervasiveness or Objective Violence?: Three Questions about KOS as Cultural Arbiters

10:40-11:00, Break

11:00-12:00: Session 3 – Social/Personal/DIY

Lala Hajibayova, Kent State University, Participatory Systems of Knowledge Representation and Organization

Audrey Lorberfeld and Elan May Rinck, University of Washington, Structural (In)visibility: Possible Effects of Constructing a Controlled Vocabulary on a Niche Domain

Ronald Day, Indiana University, Social Classifications, Affect, and Human Actions

12:00-12:30: Discussion and wrap-up