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International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)

General Secretariat: Woogstr. 36a, D-60341 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Tel.: +49-69-52 36 90, Fax +49-69-52 05 66

The International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) was founded in 1989 with the purpose of functioning both on a national and international level as the connecting link between any and all institutions concerned with conceptual questions pertaining to the organization and processing of knowledge. It wishes to contribute to an intensified and accelerated exchange of experience, thereby helping to fill a widespread need for clarification and expansion of existing knowledge in this field.

ISKO is conceived of as an international circle of all colleagues - mainly from the information science fields - who work on problems related to the conceptual organization of knowledge. Its scientific bases are seen to lie in the methodological knowledge from the fields of logic, system theory, organization science, psychology, science theory, informatics, semiotics, linguistics and philosophy, particularly epistemology. Accordingly, ISKO membership is sought by and offered to representatives of these fields of knowledge as well as of their application fields.

In its statutes ISKO has set itself the following tasks: "Promotion of research, development and application of all methods for the organization of knowledge in general or of particular fields by integrating especially the conceptual approaches of classification research and artificial intelligence. ISKO stresses philosophical, psychological and semantic approaches for a conceptual order of objects. In particular, ISKO will (1) awaken and support an understanding for the practical and heuristic usefulness of such an organization of knowledge. (2) promote on a national and international level the exchange of information and experience of scientists and practitioners in this area, especially by giving advice in the construction, perfection and application of such organization tools as classification systems, thesauri, terminologies, nomenclatures as well as the syntactical tools going with them; (3) observe internationally the progress made in this work; (4) concentrate on major points of this knowledge field in special working groups; (5) hold regular meetings in order to support these activities.

ISKO Members

By the end of 1994, five years after its founding, ISKO has more than 500 members in 48 countries.

ISKO Activities

International Conferences are held by ISKO every two years, each time in a different country: 1990 in Darmstadt, Germany; 1992 in Madras, India,; 1994 in Copenhagen, Denmark; 1996 planned to be in Washington at the Library of Congress. A first European ISKO Conference in a subject area was held Sept. 1994 in Bratislava (Environmental Sciences) Regional Conferences are held by the national chapters in the intermediate years. Such conferences were held in Slovakia (NISKO '91), in Bulgaria (KOTA '91), in Germany ("Wissensorganisation '91 and '93) in Russia 1993, in Spain 1993, and in India 1994. Basic and advanced training courses are held and offered as needed. The establishment of working groups on an international or national level to cope with urgent problems of knowledge organization is desirable.

ISKO Knowledge Organization and Change

Fourth International Conference International Society for Knowledge Organization July 15-18 1996 Washington, DC, USA

ISKO 96 Publications

ISKO publishes: A scientific journal: KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION. International Journal for Concept Theory, Classification, Indexing, and Knowledge Representation, formerly INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION founded 1974. A Newsletter, called ISKO NEWS, within the journal. The series ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE ORGANISATION (AKO-) The series FORTSCHRITTE IN DER WISSENSORGANISATION of the German ISKO Chapter (1992-) The series KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION in SUBJECT AREAS (KOSA-), (1994- ). A WHO's WHO IN KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION (1995). Lehrhefte zur Wissensorganisation (Pocket Manuals for Knowledge Organisation)(foreseen to start Spring 1995).

ISKO Advantages of ISKO membership

Free subscription to ISKO's journal Knowledge Organisation. Reduced attendance fees for conferences and seminars. Participation in working groups. Exchange of information with national and international partners. Subscription to or purchase of ISKO publications at reduced rates Annual Membership rates - as of 1994 (until 1996) Personal members: DM 60.-/US$ 40.- Institutional members: DM 120.-/US$ 80.- Sponsoring members: DM 300.-/US$ 200.-

ISKO Cooperation

Good co-operation with relevant international and national organizations such as UNESCO, UAI (Union des Assoc. Int.), the CEC (Comm. of European Communities), ISO (Int. Standardization Org.) exists. Also, through the ISKO-Executive Board and the ISKO Scientific Advisory Council a number of close contacts have been established with such organizations as FID (Fed. Int. d'Inform. et de Doc.) - in particular with FID/CR, IFLA (Int. Fed. of Libr. Assoc. & Inst.) - in particular with the Classif. & Indexing Sect., and Infoterm. All institutions of large universal classification systems such as the UDC, DDC, LCC, BBC, CC, LBC are represented on ISKO's Scientific Advisory Council.

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ISKO-Brochure No. 3 (30.11.94)

  1. Objectives and Tasks
  2. Organization, Chapters, Members
  3. Activities
  4. Publication Activities
  5. Advantages of ISKO membership
  6. Cooperation
  7. Bibliographical References


1. Objectives and Tasks

1.1 Welcomed into being by a thoroughly approving and greatly interested professional world, the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) was founded in 1989 with the purpose of functioning both on a national and international level as the connecting link between any and all institutions concerned with conceptual questions pertaining to the organization and processing of knowledge. It wishes to contribute to an intensified and accelerated exchange of experience, thereby helping to fill a widespread need for clarification and expansion of existing knowledge in this field.

1.2 ISKO is conceived of as an international circle of all colleagues - mainly from the information science fields - who work on problems related to the conceptual organization of knowledge. Its scientific bases is seen to lie in the methodological knowledge from the fields of logic, system theory, organization science, psychology, science theory, informatics, semiotics, linguistics and philosophy, particularly epistemology. Accordingly, ISKO membershiop is sought by and offered to representatives of these fields of knowledge as well as of their application fields.

1.3 In its statutes, ISKO has set itself the following tasks:

Promotion of research, development and application of all methods for the organization of knowledge in general or of particular fields by integrating especially the conceptual approaches of classification research and artificial intelligence.

ISKO stresses philosophical, psychological and semantic approaches for a cenceptual order of objects.

In particular, ISKO will

(1)
awaken and support an understanding for the practical and heuristic usefulness of such an organization of knowledge.
(2)
prompote on a national and international level the exchange of information and experience of scientists and practitioners in this area, especially by giving advice in the construction, perfection and application of such organization tools as classification systems, thesauri, terminologies, nomenclatures as well as the syntactical tools going with them;
(3)
observe internationally the progress made in this work;
(4)
concentrate on major points of this knowledge field in special working groups;
(5)
hold regular meetings in order to support these activities.

(Charter, Art. 4,1)

2. Organization, Chapters, Members

2.1 Executive Board, Scientific Advisory Council and Membership Assembly

The Executive Board with seven members and oneex-officio member consists at present of the following persons:

Dr. Ingetraut DAHLBERG, Frankfurt, Germany, President
Dr. Robert FUGMANN, Idstein, Germany, 1st Vice President (VP)
Prof. Hanne ALBRECHTSEN, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2nd VP
Dr. Helmut LÖCKENHOFF, Backnang, Germany, Treasurer
Dr. Pavla STANCIKOVA, Bratislava, Slovakia
Drs. Gerhard RIESTHUIS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. Winfried SCHMITZ-ESSER, Hamburg, Germany (ex-officio)

The Scientific Advisory Council has the followingmembers:

Dr. Winfried SCHMITZ-ESSER, Hamburg, Germany, Chairman
Mr. Kenneth G.B. BAKEWELL, Liverpool, England
Prof. Pauline A. COCHRANE, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Prof. Dr. Emilia CURRAS, Madrid, Spain
Mr. Jens FRIIS-HANSEN, Hoersholm, Denmark
Mr. Christian GALINSKI, Vienna, Austria
Mr. Alan GILCHRIST, Brighton, England
Prof. Winfried GÖDERT, Cologne, Germany
Prof. Dr. M.A. GOPINATH, Bangalore, India
Prof. Eric de GROLIER, Paris, France
Prof. Dr. Roland HJERPPE, Linköping, Sweden
Prof. Krishan KUMAR, New Dehli, India
Ms. Joan S. MITCHELL, Washington, USA
Prof. Yukio NAKAMURA, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Giliola NEGRINI, Roma, Italy
Prof. Dr. Dr. Roy RADA, Liverpool, England
Prof. Dr. Eugeniusz SCIBOR, Warsaw, Poland
Dr. Otto SECHSER, Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Dagobert SOERGEL, College Park, MD, USA
Dr. Eduard R. SUKIASYAN, Moscow, Russia
Dipl. Ing. Rudolf UNGVARY, Budapest, Hungary

Membership meetings are held every two years, each timein combination with an international ISKO conference.

2.2 National Chapters

As soon as the number of members in any country warrants it, nationalchapters with statutes of their own may be formed, which can alsoset up working groups of their own. The formation of such nationalchapters is handled by socalled Coordinators. Once a nationalchapters has been established, its management will be taken over bythe chapter's elected chairpersion. Up to this moment, coordinatorsand chairpersons are active already in the following 18 countries:

Austria (Dr. Gerhard BUDIN)
Brazil (Prof. Dr. Ulf BARANOW)
Bulgaria (Mr. Peter PETROV)
Canada (Prof. Nancy WILLIAMSON)
Denmark (Prof. Hanne ALBRECHTSEN)
France (Dr. Jacques MANIEZ)
England (Dr. Steven POLLITT)
Germany (Dr. Peter JAENECKE)
Hungary (Dr. Maria DOMOKOS)
India (Prof. Krishan KUMAR)
Italy (Dr. Giliola NEGRINI)
Japan (Prof. Yukio NAKAMURA)
Poland (Mrs. Krystyna SIWEK)
Portugal (Ms. M. Ines LOPES)
Russia (Dr. Eduard SUKIASYAN)
Slovakia (Dr. Pavla STANCIKOVA)
Spain (Prof. Dr. Emilia CURRAS)
USA (Prof. Hemalata IYER)

2.3 Members

As conceptual classifications or other ordering systems are neededand applied in all fields of knowledge, members from all disciplinesand working fields are welcome in ISKO, provided they have a markedinterest in ISKO's objectives and would like to assist in its tasks.

In the preamble to its statute, ISKO attaches great importance to itsperception of itself as, primarily, an association of personal members.However, ISKO also recognizes institutional and promotional (sponsoring)membership, each of which may be exercised by personal representatives.By the end of 1994, five years after its founding, ISKO has more than500 members in 48 countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,Canada, Croatia, Slovakia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana,Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Kenya,Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexiko, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, PapuaNew Guinea, Poland, Portugal, PR China, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia,Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, U.K., U.S.A.

Since membership keeps growing steadily, this list is by no means final.

3. Activities

3.1 International Conferences are held by ISKO every two years, each time in a different country: 1990 in Darmstadt, Germany; 1992 in Madras, India; 1994 in Copenhagen, Denmark; 1996 planned to be in Washington at the Library of Congress.

3.2 A first European ISKO Conference in a subject area was held Sept. 1994 in Bratislava (Environmental Sciences)

3.3 Regional Conferences are held by the national chapters in the intermediate years. Such conferences were held in Slovakia (NISKO'91), in Bulgaria (KOTA'91), in Germany (Wissensorganisation '91 and '93), in Russia 1993, in Spain 1993, and in India 1994.

3.4. Basic and advanced training courses are held and offered as needed.

3.5. The establishment of working groups on an international or national level to cope with urgent problems of knowledge organization is desirable. The German ISKO Chapter has formed the following ones:

4. Publication Activities

ISKO publishes (see also point 7):

4.1
A scientific journal: KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION. International Journal for Concept Theory, Classification, Indexing, and Knowledge Representation, formerly INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION founded 1974.
4.2.
A Newsletter, called ISKO NEWS, within the journal.
4.3.
The series ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION (AKO-).
4.4
The series FORTSCHRITTE IN DER WISSENSORGANISATION of the German ISKO Chapter (1992-) (no translation of 4.3).
4.5.
The series KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION IN SUBJECT AREAS (KOSA-), (1994-).
4.6.
A WHO'S WHO IN KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION (1995).
4.7.
Lehrhefte zur Wissesorganisation (Pocket Manuals for Knowledge Organization) (foreseen to start Spring 1995).

5. Advantages of ISKO membership

Free subscription to ISKO's journal Knowledge Organization.
Reduced attendance feed for conferences and seminars.
Participation in working groups.
Exchange of information with national and international partners.
Subscription to or purchase of ISKO publications at reduced rates.

ISKO's publishing company, INDEKS Verlag, Frankfurt, offers all ISKO members to buy at greatly reduced rates:

(1)
the totality of the still available volumes (1978-1992) of the journal "International Classification" (DM 400.-) and
(2)
the 16 still available "Studien zur Klassifikation" (Studies on Classification) 1978-1989 of the Gesellschaft für Klassifikation for DM 30.- (ask for the INDEKS Catalogue).

Annual Membership rates - as of 1994 (until 1996)

Personal members:      DM  60.-/ US$  40.-
Institutional members: DM 120.-/ US$  80.-
Sponsoring members:    DM 300.-/ US$ 200.-

6. Cooperations

Good cooperation with relevant international and national organizations such as UNESCO, UAI (Union des Assoc. Int.), the CEC (Comm. of European Communities), ISO (Int. Standardization Org.) exists. Also, through the ISKO-Executive Board and the ISKO Scientific Advisory Council a number of close contacts have been established with such organizations as FID (Féd. Int. d'Inform. et de Doc.) - in particular with FID/CR, IFLA (Int. Fed. of Libr. Assoc. & Inst.) - in particular with the Classif. & Indexing Sect., and Infoterm. All institutions of large universal classification systems such as UDC, DDC, LCC, BBC, CC, LBC are represented on ISKO's Scientific Advisory Council.

7. Bibliographical References

Knowledge Organization, formerly International Classification 1(1974) No. 1 - (Contains also ISKO News as well as a current bibliography). Frankfurt: INDEKS Verlag. 4x/ann. 64p. each. Annual subscription rate: DM 128.- + postage. Free for members.

Advances in Knowledge Organization

Vols. 1 + 2:
Fugmann, R. (Ed.): Tools for Knowledge Organization and the Human Interface. 2 Vols. Proc. 1st Int. ISKO Conf., Darmstadt, 14-17 Aug. 1990. Frankfurt, INDEKS 1990/91. 560p., DM 106.- (Members DM 79,50).
Vol. 3.:
Negrini, G. et al. (Eds.): Documentary Languages and Databases. Rome Conf., Dec. 3-4, 1990. Frankfurt, INDEKS 1991. 272p., DM 56.- (Members DM 42.-).
Vol. 4.:
Albrechtsen, H., Oernager, S. (Eds.): Knowledge Organization and Quality Management. Proc. 3rd Int. ISKO Conf., Copenhagen, 20-24 June 1994. Frankfurt: INDEKS 1994. 457p. DM 88.- (Members DM 66.-).

Fortschritte in der Wissensorganisation

Vol. 1:
Fugmann, R. Theoretische Grundlagen der Indexierungspraxis. Frankfurt: INDEKS 1992. 326p. DM 68.- (Members DM 51.-).
Vol. 2:
Gödert, W. et al. (Eds.): Kognitive Ansätze zum Ordnen und Darstellen von Wissen. 2. Tagung der Deutschen ISKO-Sektion, Okt. 1991. Frankfurt/a.M.: INDEKS 1992. 344 p., DM 58.- (Members DM 43,50.-).
Vol. 3.:
Meder, N., Jaenecke, P., Schmitz-Esser, W. (Eds.): Konstruktion und Retrieval von Wissen.. 3. Tagung der Deutschen ISKO-Sektion, Okt. 1993. Frankfurt/a.M.: INDEKS 1994. ca. 320p., DM 58.- (Members DM 43,50.-).
Vol. 4.:
Czap, H., Jaenecke, P., Ohly, H.P. (Eds.): Analogie in der Wissensrepräsentation, Case-Based Reasoning und Räumliche Modelle. 4. Tagung der Deutschen ISKO-Sektion, Okt. 1995. Frankfurt/a.M.: INDEKS 1996. 216p. (Amended by W. Umstaetter)

Knowledge Organization in Subject Areas.

Vol. 1:
Stancikova, P., Dahlberg, I. (Eds.): Environmental Knowledge Organization and Information Management.. Proc. 1st Europ. Conf., Bratislava, 16-18 Sept. 1994. 224p., DM 60.- (Members DM 40.-).


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