SYLVIE DAVIES is a retired lecturer in Information Management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a member of the UDC Editorial Team. Her teaching areas included controlled vocabularies, taxonomies and bibliographic classification. Her research interests lie in the area of cross-cultural communication (at national and corporate level) of organised knowledge with a focus of multilingual and multicultural thesauri. In Aberdeen, she has been involved in aspects of information management in the oil and gas industry via the delivery of taxonomy workshops and cross-industry forum discussion on the role of information management professionals in that industry.
AIDA SLAVIC is the Editor-in-Chief of the Universal Decimal Classification, owned by the UDC Consortium in The Hague (Netherlands). She is responsible for the development and the maintenance of the scheme and is editor of the official UDC publication Extensions & Corrections to the UDC, chief editor of the UDC Online Hub and project manager of Multilingual UDC Summary. Aida is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia where she teaches on the postgraduate courses of indexing languages, knowledge organization and information retrieval.
STELLA DEXTRE CLARKE, now retired, has a long track record as an independent consultant specialising in the design and development of thesauri and other types of Knowledge Organization Systems. Her past clients from the private, public and non-profit sectors have been from industries as diverse as agriculture, defence, education, publishing, social care and others. She also led the working group that developed the international standard ISO 25964 (Thesauri and Interoperability with other vocabularies). Her work on standards and on taxonomy development was recognized in 2006 when she won the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding achievement in information retrieval.