Networked Knowledge Organization Systems

NKOS Consolidated Workshop 2021

Sept. 22 (Wed.) and 23 (Thu.), 9:00 am.-1:00 pm. Eastern Time (ET) . Virtual

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Call for Participation

In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we held a virtual consolidated NKOS workshop as a series of free 90-minute online sessions over two half days. We had a lot of participation and high satisfaction among those who participated so we’ve decided to hold a virtual workshop consolidated workshop in 2021 again. The current plan is to schedule the workshop on September 22-23 from 9am.-1pm. EDT.

Themes for the NKOS Workshop

The 2021 NKOS workshop will explore the potential of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), such as terminologies, vocabularies, 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, remote work, health and medical related submissions on the following themes:

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021

Notification of acceptance: Friday, July 16, 2021

Deadlines are AoE (Anywhere on Earth)


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 (, and 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. Proposals and presentations will be published with a DOI.

[FYI: A selection of 2020 papers are in process for a special NKOS issue of journal Knowledge Organization. A selection of 2019 papers were published as a special NKOS issue of Journal of Data and Information Science in 2020. 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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