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Observatory for Knowledge Organisation Systems workshop, Malta, 2017

Suzanne Barbalet The Observatory for Knowledge Organisation Systems workshop, an event of KNOWeSCAPE – Analyzing the Dynamics of Information and Knowledge Landscapes, met in Malta from 1-3 February this year. KNOWeSCAPE is funded under the European Cooperation in Science and … Continue reading

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Embracing the 'Data Revolution’: IASSIST Conference 2016

Suzanne Barbalet Summer began early for many of us who had travelled to Bergen to attend IASSIST 2016 held from 31 May to 3 June and we were grateful for the wonderful hospitality provided by Norwegian Centre for Research Data … Continue reading

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Classification and Authority Control: UDC Seminar 2015

Suzanne Barbalet Subject authority control, a once taken-for-granted principle of resource discovery, is a somewhat neglected topic that the recent Biennial International UDC Seminar in Lisbon raised to prominence at a two-day meeting on the 29th-30th October 2015. One hundred … Continue reading

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ISKO UK Conference 2015

Suzanne Barbalet The recent ISKO UK Conference 2015 was titled ‘Making a Difference’ and while the keynote addresses did not disappoint the paper that especially appeared to capture the theme and focus of the conference for all participants carried the … Continue reading

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Restructuring a thesaurus: the case of the Education, Skills and Children's Services Thesaurus

Suzanne Barbalet Some weeks ago I visited the offices of the Department for Education (DfE), Westminster to gain a snapshot view of innovative work being undertaken there to revise the in-house thesaurus: the Education, Skills and Children’s Services Thesaurus (ESCS). … Continue reading

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What is a thesaurus?

Suzanne Barbalet Recently we attended an International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) event in London entitled The Great Debate: “This house believes that the traditional thesaurus has no place in modern information retrieval”. Little contention marked the proceedings in what, … Continue reading

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Concept maps

Suzanne Barbalet Just as the writer’s storyboard maps and links book chapters ‘concept maps’, for thesaurus construction, aim to solve problems caused by ambiguous labels or out-dated concepts and aid the revision of old hierarchies or the construction of new … Continue reading

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