The UK Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation


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Upcoming events

    • 12 Apr 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Suddenly in recent years, the world of sustainable finance has become transfixed with Taxonomies, which classify financial securities and activities as 'green' (sometimes even light green or dark green). With the EU Green Taxonomy leading the way, over 30 green taxonomies now exist - mainly developed by international financial regulators & standards bodies. Yet, whilst finance for a long time has worked with a variety of taxonomies, such as industrial sector classification schemes, for the vast majority of the sustainable finance community, these taxonomies remain an untapped resource, poorly understood and underutilized.

    In this talk, James and Dan will share their practical experiences of working with the various sustainable finance taxonomies, the direction the space is headed in as well as touching on some of the use cases Neural Alpha are delivering utilizing taxonomies within Knowledge Graph powered Natural Language Processing (NLP) and other applications.

    James Phare founded Neural Alpha to bring Connected Data solutions to the financial sector with a particular focus on sustainable investing. He has a track record of delivering innovative data solutions having consulted extensively at many of the world's largest Investment Banks, Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds. Prior to Consulting he was Head of Data at Man Group plc following roles at Thomson Reuters. James is also the founding Director of Connected Data London and holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics & Economic History from the University of York.

    Daniel Burke-Ward joined Neural Alpha following his Master's in International Development Studies at Utrecht University where his thesis focused upon on Social Forestry Policy in Indonesia. Dan has experience working at NGOs connected to forestry, foundations investing in impact, and startups working with due-diligence & open source data. As an ESG researcher at Neural Alpha, Dan is exploring his interest in the connections between the environment and finance and is helping to build high-quality data-driven products that help decision makers make the right call. In his spare time he plays squash, climbs, and linguistically stumbles his way through living in Sweden.

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    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom

    The UK Chapter of ISKO will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on Tuesday 18th of April 2021 starting at 9.30 am BST.

    During the meeting, we will present highlights and achievements over the past year as well as propose future developments planned for the year ahead.

    Although voting on proposed resolutions will only take place online and in advance of the meeting , we strongly encourage members and non-members to attend as this is a unique opportunity to meet and take part to decisions.

    A provisional agenda  and other relevant papers will be available in the Members area of the ISKO UK website few days prior to the AGM.

    A Zoom URL will be sent to registrants 24 hours prior to the AGM .

    For any queries regarding the above, please contact 


    • 13 Sep 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    In this talk, Uma Balakrishnan from Common Library Network GBV will discuss Cocoda, a system for managing mappings between knowledge organization systems.

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Past events

8 Mar 2023 ISKO UK Meetup - Vocabs Editor and Taxonomy Publishing Ecosystem by Peter Andorfer and Klaus Illmayer
25 Jan 2023 Research Observatory: Cultural hospitality and ethical responsibilities in subject cataloguing
30 Nov 2022 Research Observatory: Governance and alignment of taxonomies across the UK Government
24 Nov 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Data Discovery at Wiley by Niké Brown
10 Oct 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - How Taxonomies Can Solve Complex Business Problems by Ramona Aubry
13 Sep 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - How to Build a Knowledge Graph by Paul Appleby
24 Aug 2022 Research Observatory: Terminology standardization and database standards under a microcontent perspective
12 Jul 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Taxonomies for Confluence by Eugene Morozov
29 Jun 2022 Research Observatory: Bibliometric experiment with the full text of research papers
14 Jun 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Why graphs? The limits of hierarchical thinking by Bob Kasenchak
25 May 2022 Challenges of scholarly communication: bibliometric transparency and impact
10 May 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - The Evolution of UX Strategy by Jaime Levy
27 Apr 2022 Research Observatory: Doing bibliometrics responsibly
12 Apr 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Keywording Creative Content by Clemency Wright
4 Apr 2022 ISKO UK 15th Annual General Meeting
31 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Linked Data and information discovery: from data infrastructure to practical applications" by Eero Hyvönen
24 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Information Seeking Behaviour" by Ian Ruthven
17 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Is search better with metadata? A real life experience" by Marjorie Hlava
10 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Paths to discovery: metadata and findability" by Judi Vernau
9 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Using Google's family of databases" by Karen Blakeman
8 Mar 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - Basic Steps in the Creation of a Structured Vocabulary by Leonard Will
3 Mar 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "User-centred design of search applications" by Tony Russell-Rose
22 Feb 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - E-commerce Search is Broken - How to Fix it With Open Source Software by Charlie Hull
17 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "Evaluating search performance" by Ingo Frommholz
10 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "The role of AI in search application" by Martin White
3 Feb 2022 KO-ED Exploring Information Retrieval "IR Models: from theory to practice" by Andrew MacFarlane
26 Jan 2022 Research Observatory: Knowledge Organization and Indigenous Knowledge
25 Jan 2022 ISKO UK Meetup - The Evolving Role of Metadata by David Haynes
6 Jan 2022 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Practical Thesaurus Construction by Stella Dextre Clarke
9 Dec 2021 7th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2021
25 Nov 2021 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Introduction to Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) by Aida Slavic
24 Nov 2021 Research Observatory: Research Repositories and Dataverse: Negotiating Metadata, Vocabularies and Domain Needs
23 Nov 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - Introduction to Wikibase
27 Oct 2021 Research Observatory: FAIR Principles and Semantic Interoperability
19 Oct 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Coping with complexity: building a knowledge graph for UK Parliament
6 Oct 2021 KO-ED KOS Workshop - Representing concepts in subject indexing: challenges of vocabulary control with Sylvie Davies
29 Sep 2021 Research Observatory: Research Fields Classifications: Essential Tools in Reporting and Harmonising Scientific Information
14 Sep 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Copyright in a knowledge organization workplace by Stephen Garfield
6 Jul 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - On the pre-history of information technology by Stephen Robertson
30 Jun 2021 Research Observatory: Observing knowledge organization trajectories in healthcare
15 Jun 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Semantic Tagging and Text Classification for Archives and Content Systems by Chris Newell
1 Jun 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 3: VocBench Vocabulary Versioning and Data Catalogue
25 May 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - MS Teams – the case for Information Architecture and Governance
19 May 2021 Research Observatory: Knowledge Organization Systems in the spotlight
4 May 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 2: VocBench Data Import with Sheet2RDF
28 Apr 2021 Research Observatory: Computational ethnography: tracking the flow of information, by Martin White
20 Apr 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Beyond the Hero's Journey, by Paul Rissen
20 Apr 2021 ISKO UK 14th Annual General Meeting
6 Apr 2021 ISKO UK Hands-on Meetup - VocBench Workshops: Part 1: Introducing VocBench
31 Mar 2021 Research Observatory: AI in supporting fact checking, news verification and creative work
23 Mar 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Going virtual with Taxonomy Boot Camp London
25 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Some reflections on genre and knowledge organization by Pauline Rafferty
18 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Automated indexing: implementation case studies by Marjorie Hlava
16 Feb 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Searching fast and slow: exploring alternatives approaches to search for knowledge workers by Tony Russell-Rose
11 Feb 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Automatic subject indexing and evaluation: an introduction by Koraljka Golub
4 Feb 2021 KO-ED - Theoretical Perspectives - Towards interoperability of KOS vocabularies by Marcia Zeng
28 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Critical description and evaluation of classification schemes by Barbara Kwasnik
19 Jan 2021 ISKO UK Meetup - Email and MS Teams from an information architecture perspective
14 Jan 2021 KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Disciplines and Phenomena in Knowledge Organization Systems by Claudio Gnoli
22 Dec 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Interactive workshop: getting started with VocBench (step 1)
26 Nov 2020 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture - free event
27 Oct 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Times Tags: Metadata at The New York Times, 1851-Today by Jennifer Parrucci
18 Aug 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Knowledge Graphs, Part II: Practical Applications
14 Jul 2020 ISKO UK Meetup - Knowledge Graphs, Part I: Theories and Definitions
16 Jun 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: How the BBC is approaching metadata quality measurement
19 May 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Knowledge Organization - everywhere!
21 Apr 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Data Visualisation – Hands-on practice
30 Mar 2020 Cancelled: Using knowledge organization to deliver content
30 Mar 2020 ISKO Virtual Annual General Meeting
18 Feb 2020 ISKO UK Meetup: Taxonomies vs. Thesauri vs. Ontologies - what's best for me ?
29 Nov 2019 5th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2019
25 Nov 2019 Search Solutions 2019
15 Oct 2019 Taxonomy Chill-out with ISKO UK, SLA and SLA Europe
14 Jul 2019 ISKO UK Meetup : Pre-conference get-together prior to ISKO UK 2019
25 Jun 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: What are the purposes of Knowledge Organization Research?
30 Apr 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Change management in the Library & Information Profession
5 Apr 2019 Post AGM event - Metadata, taxonomies and retrieval
26 Mar 2019 ISKO UK Meetup - Machine Learning and Visualization for the Information Professional
26 Feb 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Creativity in Knowledge Organization
22 Jan 2019 ISKO UK Meetup: Ontology of Risk
27 Nov 2018 Search Solutions 2018
23 Nov 2018 The Fourth Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture
16 Oct 2018 ISKO UK Meet-up: Taxonomy Chill-out
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