Networked Knowledge Organization Systems

NKOS Consolidated Workshop 2020

Sept. 9 (Wed.) and 10 (Thu.), 9-12:30 EDT. Virtual

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Original CFP

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent uncertainty about the duration of social distancing, conferences are being postponed or re-imagined as online meetings. Therefore, we have decided not to proceed with the NKOS workshops at conferences in North America and Europe as planned. The organizers of these workshops have instead joined together with a plan to consolidate the two NKOS workshops and convene them in 2020 as a series of free 90-minute online sessions, as a virtual, consolidated NKOS workshop, disconnected from the conferences. Thus, we are issuing this new call for participation.

Themes for the NKOS Workshop

The 2020 NKOS workshop will explore the potential of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), such as classification systems, taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, and lexical databases, in the context of current developments and possibilities. The workshop welcomes general submissions, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and medical submissions on the following themes:


Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations, on work related to the themes of the workshop (above).

Please email proposals (maximum 1000 words including aims, methods, main findings and underlying work, and relevance to themes of workshop) to Joseph Busch (, Douglas Tudhope (, or Marcia Zeng ( Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the program committee.

The workshop will require pre-registration to get access to the online sessions.

After the workshop, copies of both proposals and presentations will be made available on the NKOS website and on the NKOS-EU github. Presentations from the workshop are encouraged to be submitted as extended papers for a peer reviewed NKOS special issue of KO: Knowledge Organization ( and

[FYI: A selection of 2019 papers has been published as a special NKOS issue of JDIS ( Previous special NKOS issues were published by International Journal on Digital Libraries in 2015 and 2018.]

Program Committee

Program Committee (Representing DCMI and ISKO societies)

NKOS (Networked Knowledge Organization Systems) is an ad hoc work group of more than 300 international experts and implementers of knowledge organization systems. NKOS is devoted to enabling knowledge organization systems/services (KOS), such as classification systems, thesauri, gazetteers, and ontologies, as networked, interactive information services to support the description and retrieval of diverse information resources through the Internet.

[Ref: Archive for all NKOS workshops materials (since 1997) || An archive containing details of European NKOS Workshops]

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