ASIST SIG/CR Workshop: Call for Proposals

Call for Concept Papers & Presentations:
ASIS&T SIG/CR Workshop on Building a Research Agenda for Multi-Perspective Knowledge Representation
Workshop sponsored by ASIS&T
Special Interest Group/Classification Research (SIG/CR)
October 27, 12:30-5:30pm
ASIS&T Annual Meeting, October 27-November 1, 2017, Crystal City, VA, USA
Workshop: October 27, 2017, 12:30pm-5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Virginia
Early registration cost: $115 before September 15th
Please feel free to circulate this message to any colleagues or contacts you think may be interested.
Important Dates:
August 15 Concept papers due
August 16-23 Papers reviewed
August 24 Authors notified
September 15 Revised papers due
October 20 Participants receive copies of all papers as pre-reads
October 20 Presentation slides due
Submission: To submit a concept paper (maximum 1,500 words), please email Lala Hajibayova at


We invite contributions for academic research, case studies, work-in-progress and PhD Research. 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
Workshop Goals:
Ontologies, classifications, and controlled vocabularies, are built to represent the knowledge of a specific domain and thus represent the particular entities and relationships of that domain from that community’s perspective. But, what if we want to represent many perspectives? What are the conceptual and technical issues of creating a relationship among ontologies that collect and represent multiple views and are often maintained by diverse constituencies? The goal for the workshop is to identify, define, and compile a set of principles and practices for integrating and coordinating knowledge-representation schemes from different perspectives and for application in a variety of contexts without losing the integrity or personality of the contributing schemes.


Topics of Interest for Concept Papers:
Bearing in mind that the purpose of the workshop is to compile a list of issues and practices rather than a particular knowledge structure, we solicit short papers related to any of the following:
  • Purposes, motivations, and functions of multi-perspective classification systems
  • Knowledge structures and ontological data models in specific domains that exhibit particular aspects relevant to workshop goals
  • Issues in building multi-perspective classification structures
  • Thoughts on how to accommodate for growth and expansion of classification/knowledge organization systems
  • Examples of data models and systems maintaining particular “views” or “dimensions” of knowledge representation with respect to space, population type and culture (local vs. global, individual vs. community/society views), time (diachronic vs. synchronic, contemporary vs. historical views), opinion and authority (expert vs. crowds, viewpoint-dependent vs. consensual, subjective vs. objective views), and scope (intra-disciplinary vs. inter-disciplinary)
  • Issues of authority and autonomy
  • Rules or practices to support multi-perspective work
  • Issues related to modeling and reconciling relationships between knowledge systems
  • Issues of maintenance and classification system evolution
Workshop Structure:
  • Part 1, Presentations: Laying the Conceptual Framework. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present a concise version of their paper, followed by a 5-minute moderated discussion led by the respondent
  • Part 2, Collaborative Session: Identifying Issues. Starting with existing schemes/ontologies, we will look for approaches and techniques to harmonizing and integrating different views. We will consider the fundamental components of a generic multi-perspective classification model, such as terms, conceptual relationships, cross-perspective relationships, and overall structure.
After the Conference: The workshop outcomes will be summarized in a paper and the proceedings (including the papers) will be published in Advances in Classification Research Online.
Cost: The registration rates will be  $115 for members, $125 non-members, including a coffee break.
Graduate Student Scholarships: SIG/CR is dedicated to supporting graduate student involvement. Limited scholarships are available and will be distributed to all registered graduate students.
Questions: Please email Lala Hajibayova at
Workshop Co-Chairs:
Lala Hajibayova, PhD., Kent State University
Barbara H. Kwaśnik, Ph.D., Syracuse University
Robert D. Montoya, PhD., Indiana University Bloomington
Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Ph.D., Bar-Ilan University

Call for proposals SIG/CR Workshop

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

This year’s Classification Research workshop consciously and critically engages the general conference theme, “Information Science with Impact,” in order to frame conversations about the results and significance of classification research. With the increasing emphasis on impact in and around information science, the theme provides us with an opportunity to consider some of the ways in which we define ourselves as a Classification Research group and how we understand our research to affect and influence theory and practice. Classification matters not only in the functioning of information systems and technologies, but also in the lived experiences of individuals, and in society, organizations, and all information contexts.

The spate of violent events in the U.S., together with the resistance and response, quickens a crucial set of questions about the nature of our work. This workshop aims to cast such violence as a knowledge organization problem. We also aim to consider whether and how classificatory acts and systems can be reparative, or even transformative: What bearing does the structuring of knowledge have upon the seeking, reception, circulation, and use of knowledge and information? Do classifications tell us something about agendas, political contexts, or authority? What role do our classification systems play in constituting, and challenging categories of difference? In what ways have communities used and/or challenged classifications in civic action and protest?

We welcome papers that address positive or negative and intended or unintended consequences of classification, as well as papers and projects that explore potential and possibilities for classification systems and research. Doctoral students are encouraged to submit paper/presentation proposals, and two scholarships covering workshop fees will be awarded to student authors. We also invite presentations and posters of classification design projects in any stage of development, as well as nontraditional presentation formats.

We are interested in work that addresses questions and issues such as the following:

·      Encounters with classification in daily life, on- and off-line

·      Material effects of classifications, e.g., how do classifications bar or grant access to information, and in what ways does this matter?

·      Structures and hierarchies and their effects and consequences

·      Design and aesthetics in classifications

·      Consequences of specific systems or types of systems, e.g., thesauri, universal classifications, folksonomies

·      Reparative/transformative classifications

·      Classification research as it relates to diversity initiatives

·      Limitations and possibilities for assessing impact of classifications

·      The role of classifications in constituting and ordering value in information science, i.e., how measurements of impact rely upon the classification and ranking of what counts as research, users, and knowledge

·      Critical / theoretical discussions of classifications, e.g., critical race studies, queer theory, disability studies

·      Classificatory mechanisms as tools for building or dividing communities

·      Classifications as reflections of agencies, nations, individuals, or organizations

·      Classifications in particular contexts, e.g., health information, libraries, archives, the Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, social media, etc.

·      Knowledge organization in scientific and political debates, e.g. climate change

·      The construction of users (user types, user communities, user identities) through classification


August 20, 2015: Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for a paper, poster, or alternative format presentation to Melissa Adler:
Include your name, title, and institutional affiliation with your submission.

September 10, 2015: Tentative author notification date, to be determined so that authors will be notified ahead of the early bird registration date.


$100, SIG/CR members
$110, non-SIG/CR members
(Fees increase after the early bird registration deadline)

Melissa Adler, University of Kentucky
Jonathan Furner, UCLA
Barbara H. Kwasnik, Syracuse
Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington